The Play for Real Speech and Language Therapy Team!
Dedicated to supporting and developing your child's ability to communicate
Deb Bannon, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Deb Bannon joined the Play for Real staff in October 2017. She relocated from Rhode Island to Florida in September of 2017 to be closer to her family. She attended the University of Rhode Island for both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her graduate degree in Communicative Disorders. Deb has 26 years of experience evaluating and treating children aged birth to high school that present with a wide range of communication impairments. Her professional career began in Early Intervention in January 1991 where she worked providing speech-language services for the birth to 3 year old population. In September 1992, she obtained a job providing services in a small rural school district where she enjoyed her career for last 25 years. Most of her professional career was spent with children in the early elementary grades (K-2) who had a variety of speech language needs. Deb has a passion for working with children of all ages with speech, language, and learning needs helping them to build the foundational skills necessary for being successful communicators across settings.
Deb is licensed by the Florida Department of Health, has lifetime certification from the State of Rhode Island Department of Education, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She recently earned the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA and strives to be a lifelong learner in her professional career.
Deb has been married to her husband, David, for 33 years and has raised three beautiful daughters, Kristen, Jenn and Amy, who also have careers in the helping professions. In her spare time, Deb enjoys spending time with her family and her pets, Ellie and Reese. She loves taking walks on the beach, boating, exploring new places and living vicariously through her children and their adventures!
Amy Gadapee, MS, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist
Amy is excited to join the Play for Real staff! She has 25 years of experience in a variety of settings, but Amy’s passion is early intervention and helping children learn to communicate effectively with their family and peers.
Amy has an undergraduate degree in American Sign Language with a specialty in Deaf Language Development. She began her career in the Pinellas County School system while also earning her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She then moved to Jacksonville where she worked for Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and Baptist Hospital providing inpatient and outpatient pediatric speech therapy for children birth through 16 years of age. In 1998, Amy joined a private practice in St. Augustine, Florida and fell in love with Early Intervention Services and private practice. This led her to begin researching best therapeutic intervention for children with childhood apraxia of speech.
In 2000, Amy and her husband decided to move back home to Titusville to raise their family. Since returning, she has worked part time as a contractor with Space Coast Early Intervention, Brevard County School System and Parrish Medical Center providing a wide range of pediatric therapy services including articulation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language, and feeding services. Amy is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Amy and her husband have been married for 20 years and they have two teenage boys, Chace and Ian. Her spare time is spent supporting her boys as they pursue their passions of sports and the theater, which sometimes includes joining her son Ian on stage.