Tara S. Boyd, M.A., CCC-SLP
Tara Boyd (formerly Bertone) has worked 25 years with autistic children/children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs and multidisciplinary clinics since 1996.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nevada Reno, with a minor in Spanish and a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After graduating with her master’s in 2001, she started her career as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) providing one-on-one intervention, in addition to social-communication groups for children with ASD.
In 2005, Tara founded Autism Matters, a multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to children with autism and their families. The program provided speech-language therapy, occupational therapy and ABA therapy in the Minneapolis area. She built two locations employing 50+ employees, including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and board-certified behavior analysts.
In 2016, Tara sold Autism Matters to a local healthcare company, relocated full time to the Phoenix area and founded Scottsdale Autism Services DBA Ally Pediatric Therapy. In the fall of 2019, she also sold her interests in this company and set off on a new adventure with Therapy Queen Bee: a company dedicated to training, education, and support for therapists and parents caring for children with special needs. Tara also continues to provide speech and language therapy to children ages 2-10 on a part-time basis.
Over the last 23 years, Tara has been a behavior therapist, speech-language pathologist, consultant, clinic founder, owner, and operator in a wide variety of autism programs throughout the United States and United Kingdom. These experiences have given her the opportunity to work with hundreds of children on the autism spectrum in multidisciplinary rehab clinics, as well as programs with a focus on Verbal Behavior, Pivotal Response, and traditional ABA programs. She has also had the great fortune to give presentations and provide training throughout the U.S. and Europe ranging from conferences to small workshops with therapists, parents, administrators and educators involved in the treatment and care of children diagnosed with autism.
She is licensed in both Arizona and California and has held a Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2001.