Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Founder and Executive Director of Educational and Behavioral Service of ASAP-A Step Ahead Program, LLC (ASAP)
Dr. Slim is a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years specializing in the diagnosis and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism, Apraxia, sensory-processing disorders, and behavioral disorders, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration and training. Dr. Slim is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, since 2004. Dr. Slim is recognized for her innovative interprofessional, community-based, transdisciplinary approach supporting families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Slim is the recipient of the 2005 Children Empowerment Award, and the 2014 NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award. She serves on NJSHA’s Board of Directors, is the Chair of NJSHA Private Practice Committee, a board member of Fill-A-Need Foundation, an advisory board member of Judith Wharton Music Center, and a member of ASHA, BACB, NJSHA, MCSHA, UCSHA, JABA, ABAI, and APBA. Dr. Slim presented nationally and internationally, in the areas of autism, apraxia, speech-language assessment and interventions, interprofessional approaches, collaboration, parent and staff training. Dr. Slim earned her bachelor’s degree in Premedical Studies from The American University of Beirut, her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Pittsburgh, and her doctoral degree in Leadership and Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration from Seton Hall University.
Mallory graduated from Ridge High School in 2006 then attended the County College of Morris. While she was still a student herself, she worked with special needs children in elementary grades both during the school year and the summer vacations. As someone who was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome in 2005, Mallory is passionate about helping people with developmental disabilities. She has an inner perceptual ability and a kind heart which enables her to connect in a unique and special way with children and adults on the Autism spectrum.