The IDS Speech/Language Therapy evaluation matches a licensed, skilled and experienced IDS Speech Therapist with a child and/or family in order to assess a child’s needs in the speech, articulation, and language areas. With our online clinical evaluation, families and schools report increased confidence in under-standing a child’s specific needs, as well as a greater ability to support children in learning and practicing new functional skills for increased academic success.

The IDS Speech Evaluation includes:

- One clinical intake with a Licensed Speech/Language Therapist;

- Standardized Assessments (in multiple environments, as needed);

- A detailed record review;

- A detailed video review as needed (the therapist may identify and request multiple video clips of the child en-gaging in various activities in order to assess language development and other areas) for the purpose of identifying specific areas of need.

- leading to the creation of one robust child-centered plan including specific interventions, strategies and data collection ideas to implement immediately and effectively, and recommendations for therapy, if needed.

If the need for ongoing Speech Therapy sessions is indicated in the initial Evaluation, IDS can work with the family and school to begin ongoing online Speech Therapy sessions in school or at home targeting all necessary intervention areas. Online sessions are interactive and engaging, and the IDS Speech Therapist communicates with the teachers and/or caregivers of a child in order to share ideas and strategies to support the child’s needs outside of the clinical sessions.

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!



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.

Becky Amblo, MS, CCC-SLP

Becky is a clinically and educationally licensed  Speech Language Pathologist.   She received her Master of Science (MS) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont and has been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association since 2000.

With experience in school settings, pediatric home health care, and teletherapy, Becky currently works locally and internationally (online) providing home and school-based speech and language therapy and consultation services for children of all ages.  Often serving children with complex medical and educational needs, she works collaboratively with families and teams to align services and prioritize goals.  

Becky is committed to evidence based clinical practice and has trained in a range of research based speech and language interventions including Hanen coaching models for early intervention, Lidcombe preschool stuttering intervention, and Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) including Picture Exchange (PECS). She is active in a variety of local and online professional learning communities including SLPs for Evidence Based Practice, and ASHA special interest groups in teletherapy. 

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.