The Advanced Institute for Development and Learning is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the physical, emotional, and psychological growth and development of children with special needs and their families. We support development and learning with the provision of clinical therapeutic services such as pediatric speech and feeding as well as family support systems and education.
Our vision is to provide children with special needs such as Autism, sensory processing disorders, feeding disorders, genetic disorders, developmental delays and mental health challenges with the most innovative and advanced therapeutic assessments, treatment, education and support available.
- Family support
- Equipping caregivers with the resources they need
- Team and community partner collaboration
- Enhancing the quality of life ofour clients and their families
- Excellence in support and education
- Innovation and research-driven therapeutic assessments and techniques
Autumn Henning, MS, CCC-SLP, COM®
Autumn joined AID-L in January 2015. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. She is certified in Vital Stim and Safe Crisis Management and has taken more than a dozen professional courses on pediatric feeding.
Autumn is a recognized provider by Ankyloglossia Bodyworkers and has been a guest presenter for “Creating a Care Plan for Tongue-ties.” She has developed and teaches her ASHA accredited CEU course on tethered oral tissues for professionals across the country. She has previously worked in the school system as well as in ABA and outpatient clinics including an intensive feeding program. Autumn is also certified in orofacial myology. She lives in Greer with her husband, Zachary, her daughter, Makena and their three cats.
Afhton Stetzer, MS, CCC-SLP
Afhton graduated from the University of Kentucky with her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders. She specializes in speech and language treatment, with interest in the areas of Autism and pragmatics. She is originally from Roswell, Georgia and joined AID-L in May 2015. Afhton has completed Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training that involves evaluating and educating families on the impact of tongue and lip ties on oral function.
Erica Zollman, MEd, CCC-SLP
Erica joined AID-L in March of 2016. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Georgia. Erica’s experience as an SLP includes diagnosing and treating a broad range of communication disorders in adults and children across a variety of settings, including public schools, medical facilities, and in private practice.
Throughout her career, Erica has provided numerous professional development courses for parents, SLPs, audiologists, special education teachers, and administrators. Erica has completed Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training that involves evaluating and educating families on the impact of tongue and lip ties on oral function.
Heather Romanow, MS, CCC-SLP
Heather joined AID-L in February of 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Heather’s experience as an SLP includes diagnosing and treating a broad range of communication disorders in early intervention, school-age children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations across a variety of settings, including: public schools, medical facilities, a skilled nursing facility, and in private practice.
Throughout her career, Heather has received instruction specific to the following areas: ASL, AAC Devices, Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants, Articulation Disorders, Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and Dysphagia. Heather has completed Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training that involves evaluating and educating families on the impact of tongue and lip ties on oral function.
Perrin White, MSP, CCC-SLP
Perrin joined AID-L in April of 2017. She received her bachelor’s in Corporate Communication at Southern Methodist University and her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Carolina. Perrin’s experience as a SLP includes diagnosing and treating a broad range of communication disorders in children across a variety of settings, including public schools, home environments, and private practice. Perrin has completed Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training that involves evaluating and educating families on the impact of tongue and lip ties on oral function.She currently lives in Greenville, SC.
Elizabeth Ezzo, MS, CCC-SLP
Elizabeth joined AID-L in June of 2017. Originally from Palm City, Florida, Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, then moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to pursue her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. Elizabeth’s experience includes involvement in several research studies regarding early Autism detection and parent facilitated intervention.
During her clinical fellowship, Elizabeth conducted comprehensive evaluations for children with a variety of complex medical histories and disorders. Her interests include providing speech therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and language disorders. She currently lives in Greenville, SC.
Kalyn Keller, MS
Originally from Rock Hill, SC, Kalyn graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology in December 2015 and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from South University in December 2017. She joined the AID-L family in April 2017 as our Intake Coordinator. Kalyn is a mother of twins and she has a passion for helping people.
Originally from Woodruff, South Carolina, Nytyra is currently a senior at USC Upstate to receive her Bachelor degree in Exercise Science in December 2018. She joined the AID-L family in February 2018 as the Clinic Technician. Nytyra’s goal is to attend graduate school to earn her Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy and move to San Antonio, Texas.
Zachary Henning, PhD
Zachary joined AID-L in January 2015 as the Executive Director. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech (Bachelor’s), Radford (Master’s), and the University of Kentucky (Doctorate) with degrees in Corporate Communication, Public Relations, and Organizational Behavior. He has previously worked as a professor teaching courses in conflict, team communication, training, and interpersonal communication among others. He has also spent over a decade providing communication plans and training programs for small businesses. He currently lives in Greer with his wife, Autumn, his daughter, Makena, and their three cats.
Dillen Hartley (Chair), Co-Owner, Advanced Therapy Solutions
Terence McGee (Treasurer), Accountant, Self-Employed
Jim Bennett, Financial Management Advisor, Ameriprise Financial
Christina Espinosa, Internal Medicine Doctor, GHS
Don Clardy, Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Niel Visser, Co-Owner, Advanced Therapy Solutions
April Hickman, Parent Advocate
Autumn Henning (non-voting member), Director of Pediatric Feeding, AID-L
Zachary Henning (non-voting member), Executive Director, AID-L
The 5,000 square foot facility was designed with you in mind. We have two waiting rooms with trains, books, and toys for the kids and comfortable couches, lounge chairs and coffee or tea for the adults. We strive to have the most current equipment and treatment supplies.
Our treatment rooms have LED lighting and we have the ability to dim the lights for those that have sensory needs. We have several types of swings, a rock wall and other equipment to help make treatment an enjoyable experience.
We love giving tours! If you would like to see our facility and meet our therapists, we would be more than happy to arrange a visit!