Dedicated to Helping Persons
with Communication Disorders

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologist

Hello, I’m Susie Appleman, an ASHA certified, Arizona State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped. I’m on the certification track to become certified as an Orofacial Myologist. Finally, I am the director of Big Apple Speech Therapy, LLC.

I have over twenty-two years of experience working with infants, children and adults with varying degrees of communication impairments. I have worked in school settings, private practice, and developmental centers.

I have presented at several local, regional, and national conferences on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Home and School Environmental Organization Programs as well as on strategies to manage behavioral issues.

My current passion is Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (aka “Tongue Thrust”), which involves treating behaviors and patterns created by inappropriate muscle function involving the tongue, lips, jaw and face. I enjoy collaborating with orthodontists, pediatric dentists, and ENTs to ensure my patients have consistency in their dental development and care. I have traveled nationally to take the most up-to-date advanced training in this field, and I implement what I learn to help improve my patients’ lives.  I love helping children to stop oral noxious behaviors, like sucking their thumbs. Finally, my job is to provide cutting edge delivery of care and services in a compassionate, cost-effective and multidisciplinary way.

  • —Rebeccah F.
    “I truly can’t say enough good things about Susie as both a speech therapist and a tongue thrust therapist.  As a referring orthodontist, I trust her to see my patients who have difficulty obtaining a proper bite.  Sometimes, getting a bite to close down properly is difficult, if not impossible when the pressure of the tongue restricts their movement. Seeing a tongue-thrust therapist in select open bite cases is critical to remove any undesirable forces and to obtain proper interdigitation of the teeth. More importantly, Susie has been an absolute blessing for our son.  He was diagnosed with Autism and requires extra patience for speech therapy.  Susie has been not only patient with him, but he LOVES coming to see her!   He calls it “Apple Class” and we look forward to seeing Susie twice a week.  His progress has been tremendous and I can’t recommend Susie enough. So there you have it, from both a professional and a personal standpoint, you have an ideal clinician who not only delivers results but creates an environment that kids love coming to.” —Dr. Chris T.
    —Rebeccah F.
  • “I want to start off by saying that I appreciate how Susie stays aware of how my child is progressing (or not) and flexes the program or therapy accordingly to my child’s needs and developments— including how she continues her own education in her field. This is how we ended up hearing about and starting The Unplugged Program. My son has sucked his thumb since infancy. He sucked his thumb so hard that his thumb was raw as a result. This has been a hard habit to break and has had an effect on his progress with speech. Susie mentioned Unplugged and suggested we should try it to help break the habit but also to see if that would help with speech issues my son was having. So we did the 2-week prep and met with Susie to start the program. I wasn’t sure how cooperative my son would be but he agreed to do it and even asked for the story to be read twice! He LOVED the sock and remembered to put it on every night. We took home the coloring book and stickers, which helped encourage my son and kept us both on track. It was super helpful to meet with Susie again and call her every morning for encouragement and to celebrate the progress. Overall, I found the program helpful and having Susie’s support essential (especially since kids sometimes listen to other adults more than their parents). I’m glad we did it and we are now thumb free.” —Rebeccah F.
  • “Susie Appleman raises the bar with her knowledge and effective technique. Specific goals are skillfully incorporated into each visit. Our son learns the skills he needs, with laughter and play, making each visit exciting and a positive experience. The sessions are focused, fun and engaging. Susie has given our son the confidence to speak!” —Dr. Tim & Amanda W.
  • “I had heard good things about Susie for several years, and so I was thrilled when our schedules matched up and my daughter was able to begin speech therapy with her. I noticed right away her engaging and fun-yet-firm attitude with kids, and ability to identify speech related issues that other therapists had overlooked. Susie is especially adept at finding age-appropriate, peer evaluated resources to use within her practice. She gives parents valuable feedback each time, and suggests specific techniques and ideas that they can use at home to reinforce the great work she is doing there in the therapy sessions.” 

    —Amanda L.

  • “Susie works all of her magic while maintaining an air of friendliness, mutual respect, authentic engagement, and a sense of humor.  Speech therapists are often given a perfunctory label as a member of a student’s team, but Susie has become an integral part of our daughter’s team in the most genuine sense of the term. Our relationship has lasted for several years now, and we look forward to many years to come….

    —Holly P.

  • “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Susie as an Occupational Therapist on her school therapy teams. Susie was also my therapist of choice when my son needed speech therapy. Susie easily builds rapport with the children and the families she works with. Her knowledge of therapy techniques and Education Law is vast. My son always looks forward to his time with Susie and she does a great job in keeping him engaged during their sessions. I think an important part of being a therapist is being able to tailor your therapy to the specific needs of each child and Susie hits a home-run in this area. Her evaluations are thorough and she easily adjusts her therapy to the strengths/weaknesses of each child. I am truly grateful that Susie is my son’s speech therapist and that I get to work with such a great speech therapist.” —Niki A.

What We Do


We have specialists in
Myofunctional Therapy, or
Tongue Thrust Therapy,
on our team.


We offer a complete range of
evaluation and treatment
services for children and teens.


We also offer Orofacial
Myofunctional evaluations and
treatment for adults.