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Meet Your Team

Cochlear Implant Program

The experts within the Phoenix Children’s Cochlear Implant Program are leaders in the field. Our team includes pediatric otolaryngologists, audiologists, a psychologist and a speech-language pathologist who specialize in caring for children with hearing loss.

Providers

  • Taylor Johnson, MS
    Taylor Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP is our speech - language pathologist who specializes in treatment for patients with cochlear implants. Taylor earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern Arizona University. After completing her externship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Taylor spent three years treating children with a range of speech and language disorders at a private clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Taylor transitioned to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to be a part of the Cochlear Implant Team, where she became certified in SPICE (Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation) through the Central Institute for the Deaf. Taylor utilizes an individualized total communication approach to treatment which includes listening and spoken language, American Sign Language, and alternative forms of communication (AAC) as appropriate.
  • Soren Mickelsen, MA
    Soren B. Mickelsen, MA, CCC-SLP, graduated from Arizona State University with his B.S. in speech and hearing science, and a minor in anthropology.  He completed his honors thesis studying the neurobiology of the brain that processes language—whether if it’s spoken and heard or signed and seen.  Soren went on to finish his Master of Arts at San Diego State University in speech, language and hearing science, with a bilingual specialization in American Sign Language.  His graduate research explored a similar domain of language processing and was later published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (MIT Press).  He has worked in the public school systems and within speech/language clinics focused on children with hearing loss.  Soren remains committed to providing evidence-based practice, therefore he is pursuing his Listening and Spoken Language Certification in Auditory Verbal Therapy.  Equally, he wants every child to have language, regardless of the modality.
  • Jena Aebi, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS
    Jena Aebi has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 9 years working in pediatrics.  She graduated with a master’s degree in clinical speech pathology from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in 2012 and is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in assistive technology from NAU.  Jena is passionate about alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), working with children and adolescents with hearing loss, brain injuries, concussions, neuromuscular and voice disorders to provide them with the tools and therapy needed to succeed in school, at home, and in their community.   She enjoys giving children of all ages a voice to communicate and participate in their daily life. 

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