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Lina Slim-Topdjian, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA
Founding Executive Director

Lina Slim-TopdjianDr. Slim-Topdjian is a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years specializing in the diagnosis and management of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism, Apraxia, sensory-processing disorders, and behavioral disorders, with a focus on interprofessional collaboration and training. Dr. Slim-Topdjian is the Founding Partner and Executive Director of ASAP – A Step Ahead Program, LLC, since 2004.

ASAP - A Step Ahead Program, LLC

ASAP is an Educational and Behavioral Consulting Clinic that serves children diagnosed with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Communication and Social Delays
  • Neuro-developmental and behavioral disabilities.

Dr. Slim-Topdjian provides educational and behavioral consultation to families, and educational facilities, and coordinates parent and staff training programs designed for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Slim-Topdjian is recognized for her innovative inter-professional, community-based interdisciplinary approach supporting families of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, facilitating communication and integrating interventions across the disciplines of speech-language pathology and other direct service providers, supporting her intervention approach in autism spectrum disorders, while promoting inclusive integrative experiences.

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Slim-Topdjian is the recipient of the

  • 2005 Children Empowerment Award,
  • 2014 NJSHA Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award.

She serves on

  • NJSHA’s Board of Directors
  • Chair of NJSHA Private Practice Committee
  • Board member of Fill-A-Need Foundation
  • Advisory board member of Judith Wharton Music Center

Member of

  • ASHA | American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  • BACB | Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
  • NJSHA | New Jersey Speech and Hearing Association.
  • MCSHA | Morris County Speech and Hearing Association.
  • UCSHA | Union County Speech, Language & Hearing.
  • JABA | Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABAI | Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • APBA | Association of Professional Behavior Analysts


Dr. Slim-Topdjian presented nationally and internationally, in the areas of autism, apraxia, speech-language assessment and interventions, interprofessional approaches, collaboration, parent and staff training.

  • Seton Hall University
    Doctoral degree in Leadership and Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration

  • The University of Pittsburgh
    Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • The American University of Beirut
    Bachelor’s in Premedical Studies
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