Traci Ingram, M.S., CCC/SLP
Traci is the owner of Effective Communication, a speech therapy clinic with locations in Huntsville and Athens, Alabama. Having worked for nationally acclaimed apraxia expert Nancy Kauffman and trained to use the Kauffman Speech Praxis Treatment Approach, she specializes in treating childhood apraxia of speech. She has an abundance of experience successfully treating preschool and early elementary school children struggling with apraxia, autism, language and language processing disorders, articulation disorders, weak executive functions and poor early literacy skills. She serves as a Rett University coach to provide speech therapy solutions to children and adolescents impacted by Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and other complex needs. Traci specializes in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) techniques for children and adults using eye gaze communication devices. She is PROMPT Trained and incorporates PROMPT techniques when warranted to fit the needs of the child. As an energetic and lifelong learner, she is the recipient of an ACE Award from the American Speech Hearing Association for continuing education. Traci is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of Alabama, earning a B.S. in Education specializing in Communicative Disorders, and a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology.
Gracie Renfroe, M.S., CCC/SLP
A native of Huntsville, Gracie Renfroe, M.S., CCC/SLP, graduated from the University of Alabama Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders in 2013. She received her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2015, also from the University of Alabama, where she was a 2015 graduate recipient of the Mary T. Hamner Endowed Scholarship.
Amy Varnon, MEd, Social Skills Coach
Amy Varnon is a social skills therapist for Effective Comunication, leading groups and camps in the Huntsville area. She also serves as a 6th grade teacher at Whitesburg Christian Academy. Amy graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education and later received a Master's degree in Education from Grand Canyon University. She has spent most of her years in education teaching children with special learning needs and developmental disabilities. In 2018, Amy was named Alternative Teacher of the Year for Madison County Schools.
In the fall of 2018, Amy led Effective Communication's social skills groups and added summer camp leadership in the summer of 2019. Parents enthusiastically approve of Amy's efforts, and their children eagerly anticipate her weekly group sessions.
Amy is a Huntsville native. She and her husband have three children, and are active members of Whitesburg Baptist Church. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading.
Stacey Givens, M.S., Social Skills Coach
Stacey Givens is a social skills coach for Effective Communication, serving the Athens area. She desires to help children and young adults with a range of social skill challenges. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling.
Prior to Effective Communication, she worked for twelve years at ADTRAN and two years at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, providing career counseling, guidance, and opportunities. In 2010, her career was interrupted with her son's diagnosis of autism. Inspired by his unique needs and challenges and the benefits of various therapies, Stacey began working with special needs children in the schools, church, and community. She spearheaded the efforts to install sensory rooms in all seven of the Athens City Schools and provided training to faculty, staff, and administration. She is the personal mentor to Ms. Isabella Powell, a repeat contender for the title of Ms. Alabama who chose sensory rooms as her platform. Together, Stacey and Isabella have presented in Montgomery to state officials about the benefits of sensory rooms in schools. Through her recently established MakeAWay Foundation, Stacey will continue to build sensory rooms and provide essential items for the special needs community.
Stacey began social skills coaching in the summer of 2019, leading Effective Communication’s week long camps and receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from parents. She primarily utilizes techniques researched and implemented by her mentor, Kerry Mataya of Birmingham. Stacey is now offering one-on-one social skills therapy and group classes. Plans are adapted and individualized based on the needs and ability levels of each child or adult. Goals may be achieved in a private or group setting.