Meet Our Team

Our comprehensive team of professional learning specialists, speech and language pathologists and neuropsychologists provide executive function based services for students and their families.  Each team member specializes in working with students of various ages and specific disorders.  We match your child to the specific clinician that will best meet his or her needs.  Click on the clinician's name below to learn more about them.

  • Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP Open or Close

    Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP

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    Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 25 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:

        •    Attention Deficit Disorder

        •    Verbal Learning Disabilities

        •    Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

        •    Asperger Syndrome

        •    Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities

        •    Traumatic Brain Injury

        •    Acquired Brain Injury

    Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.

    Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional 
presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of 
academic placement and treatment programs.

She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an 
emphasis on the treatment of executive functions. She subsequently began to train graduate students 
in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on the symptoms and 
treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain 
based disorders.  

    Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association,  member of 
the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health Model 
Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and 
Language Hearing Association.  She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General 
Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the 
assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for 
individuals with traumatic brain injury.

    Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to 
understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with 
brain based learning differences.

 A popular speaker, Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Awards Received:  

        •    Bette Ann Harris Distinguished Professional (2017)

    • ACE awards (2013, 2016) from American Speech and Language Hearing Association
    • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, May, 2005.
    • Recipient of the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, May, 2002 and 2011
    • Recipient of the Partners in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital , December, 1998
    • Recipient of the Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award for the Massachusetts General Hospital , June 1998


    •  Licensed Speech and Language Pathologist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    •  Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Kristen Jacobsen Co-Director Open or Close

    Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP

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    Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS CCC-SLP is a trained speech-language pathologist who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice.  She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals, parent consultations, as well as student coaching services. She has strong interests in cognition, language and mindfulness.  Ms. Jacobsen works to research and develop new methods and programs that can maximize a student's ability to learn to their potential and increase self-esteem as they become more independent learners. She enjoys seeing students make new gains, as well as training teachers and therapists in the use of executive function teaching approaches.

    She is a specialist in pediatric and adolescent learning challenges in the areas:  

    Executive Function

    Language and Literacy

    Nonverbal Learning


    Post Concussive Syndrome

    Asperger's Disorder and Autism spectrum disorders

    Ms. Jacobsen has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools and hospital settings.  Ms. Jacobsen has provided teacher training seminars and school consultations nationally.

    Prior to establishing a private practice, she worked with colleagues to create and implement comprehensive group therapy programs for language and cognition at Massachusetts General Hospital. She focused on working with adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and Post-Concussive Syndrome. She developed programs to successfully transition students into their school settings following mild traumatic brain injury. 

    Ms. Jacobsen was the recipient of the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award.  

    During personal time, she enjoys biking, traveling as well as spending time with her husband and their 3 children.

  • Natalie Ross, MS CCC-SLP Open or Close

    Natalie Ross, MS CCC-SLP


    Natalie Ross, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who is passionate about effective, patient-centered care and the development of innovative methods to teach and support individuals and families with communication, language, cognitive, and reading needs. In addition to her work as a speech-language pathologist, Natalie also develops and designs the clinical content database for a Boston-based home health company and teaches a cognition and cognitive strategies course to STEM-inspired adolescents at MIT.

    As a researcher, she has experience and interest in:
    acquired/traumatic brain injury
    cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation
    educational methods (i.e., Montessori)
    executive function
    language processing
    life participation
    reading comprehension
    working memory

    Natalie earned a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Vermont, a Montessori Early Education Teaching license, and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology with a Literacy Concentration and a Reading Specialist licensure from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has experience in program development, including a Language and Literacy Intervention program in Seattle, WA and a graduate study abroad program in Puerto Rico that examined health care and bilingualism. During her personal time, Natalie enjoys running, cooking, learning languages, and spending time with her close friends and family.