Natalie Brane, MS, CCC-SLP

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Speech-Language Pathologist

Natalie Brane, MS, CCC-SLP, is a certified speech-language pathologist on the assessment and diagnosis team at Marcus Autism Center. Natalie received her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders at Florida State University and her master’s degree in speech pathology at the University of South Florida. She began her career in Florida delivering speech-language services through contracts with local school systems and the state’s early intervention program.

In 2007, Natalie joined the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta delivering services in a multidisciplinary framework. During that time, she evaluated and treated early speech and language delays, communication difficulties associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), speech sound disorders, and language disorders in toddlers through school-age children.

In 2012, Natalie joined the clinical research team at Marcus Autism Center. Currently, she dedicates much of her time to early communication evaluations within longitudinal research protocols designed to investigate early emergence of ASD and diagnostic stability. She also participates in multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations across research protocols and within our diagnostic clinic.

Natalie is involved in community outreach initiatives aimed to educate, mentor, and coach speech-language pathologists and other related professionals in the areas of autism red flags, early communication assessment and social communication development. She is also passionate about parent coaching and education efforts to support social communication and interaction in young children with autism.

Publications

  • Bradshaw, J., Klaiman, C., Gillespie, S., Brane, N., Lewis, M., & Saulnier, C. (2018). Walking ability is associated with social-communication skills in infants at high risk for autism spectrum disorder. Infancy, 23(5), 674-691.

Speaking Engagements

  • Brane, N., Guerra, K., Pileggi, M., & Staple-Wax, J. (2019) Updates on ASD from the Marcus Autism Center. Presented at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Outpatient Rehabilitation Provider Training, Atlanta, GA. 
  • Brane, N., Lewis, M., Bradshaw, J., & Wetherby, A. M. (2018) The unfolding of autism spectrum disorder within the 2nd Year of Life. Presented at American Speech, Language and Hearing Association National Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Lewis, M., Brane, N., Kotlar, B., Gillespie, S. E., & Wetherby, A. (2016)Combining ASD-specific screening tools to capture red flags in 12-month-old high-risk siblings. Presented at American Speech and Hearing Association Convention, Philadelphia, PA.