The IDS Speech Therapy Team


The IDS Speech Therapy Team works with children of all ages - toddlers through teens - to help with articulation, accent, language and comprehension needs.  Read more about each team member below!


Kari Comer, M.S. CCC-SLP

Kari Comer graduated with her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama. She has a range of clinical experience and has worked in a variety of settings including home health, public schools, and a rehab hospital. She currently works full time at The George Washington University as a Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor.

Kari has a strong interest in international collaboration and has worked in several capacities with organizations abroad. As a volunteer with CLASP International, she taught and supervised graduate students in Zambia. She also volunteered with a joint program with ASHA the University of Guyana to teach students online.

Kari is a member of the Washington, D.C. Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology through the Department of Health. Her responsibilities include setting and reviewing standards, investigating and resolving consumer complaints, and reviewing initial licensure and renewals of SLPs in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the DC Speech and Hearing Association.

She was a recipient of one of the 2016 Ten Outstanding Young American awards from Junior Chamber International. Kari lives in Washington, DC and enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and trying new restaurants.

Emily Beckman, M.S. CCC-SLP

Emily is certified through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and multi-state licensed (Virginia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California). She has had rich experiences working in a variety of settings including, early intervention (birth to 3-year-old), pediatric clinic (birth to 21 years old), elementary through high school, and geriatrics (hospital and skilled nursing). Moving around the world has given her the ability to connect and interact with individuals of widely diverse lifestyles and backgrounds. Working with individuals who are multi-lingual, and those having diagnosis’ such as dysphagia, Autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, pragmatic disorders, expressive/receptive language disorders, aphasia, dysarthria, fluency, hearing impairments, tracheostomy, cleft palate, and prematurity has enhanced her knowledge about the intricacies of such conditions and their related therapies.

Emily attended 30 hours of continuing education in Autism Spectrum Disorder through the University of California Davis and is working on becoming a Certified Autism Specialist. She is trained in PROMPT therapy, Kaufman Approach to Apraxia of Speech, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) level 1.