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Passionate about helping others 
Shannon Locke, MS, CCC-SLP

Shannon graduated from Missouri State University cum laude with her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1998. Prior to this degree, she worked every spare minute through High school and College with individuals with developmental disabilities and autism through local camp programs, disability service agencies, and group homes. She has accumulated 25 yrs of experience with autism, social communication and communication disorders, as well as other developmental disabilities in community-based, medical, private practice, and school settings.


In 2010, Shannon created and directed the Ozark Area Autism Clinic at a local private hospital, offering a multidisciplinary differential diagnosis of ASD and was subsequently named Director of the new Pediatric Therapy Dept. Shannon also developed S.L. Speech & Language Solutions, now known as Autism Outfitters, in order to offer further private consultation, education, programming, and public speaking services for individuals in need and community supporters in her area.


Shannon has taught undergraduate and graduate students at Missouri State University (MSU) for both the Communication Sciences and Disorders Dept. and the Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education dept. and most recently was an Autism Resource Specialist for the Missouri-Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through MSU's Project ACCESS. In this role, she was one of three full-time statewide Specialists consulting with and training public educators serving students with autism across Missouri.

Shannon lives in Nixa, MO with her husband Scott "Hippie" and their two dogs Lady and Busiek as well as anyone who happens to come visit and stay awhile. Mother to an amazing young woman, Kaitlyn, who attends Stetson University in Deland, FL, Shannon enjoys traveling and time with family. Together, the family loves skydiving, camping, kayaking, traveling and really any other activity that gets them out and about to enjoy life! Shannon believes in and lives her life to love others and nature and celebrate our differences while fostering our connectivity.


Good communication and support is the key to soaring free!

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Empowering individuals to experience life to the fullest. 

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Exploring opportunities and avenues to make inclusion and belonging a reality for everyone. 


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  • MO Board Certified & ASHA Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1998

  • Four-time recipient of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) ACE Award!

  • Certified Administrator of the ADOS - Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule


Educator | Speaker | Advocate | Consultant

  • Adjunct Professor @ MSU

  • 10+ years as a school Speech-Language Pathologist

  • VP of Communication for MO Speech-Lang Hearing Association (MSHA) Executive Board 2020 - 2022

  • Chair of the MO Speech-Lang Hearing Association (MSHA) 2020 Convention 

  • Member of development team for the American Speech Language Hearing Assoc. (ASHA) Board Special Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • MO First Steps provider

  • Developer of Ozarks Area Autism Clinic

  • Director of Pediatric Therapy Services at Ozarks Community Hospital

  • Missouri Autism Consultant for Project ACCESS

  • Private Contractor Rural MO & AR schools

  • Previous President Tri-Lakes Sertoma club

  • Active: MO Family to Family org., ASHA Special Interest division for Autism, CEC-DADD, and many more…

  • Family Member and Case Manager for two adult individuals with significant disabilities

  • Skydiving Coach

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