Sherry Y. Artemenko M.A., C.C.C.
Speech Language Pathologist, Writer, Toy Consultant
For more than 35 years, Sherry Artemenko has worked with children to improve their speech and language, serving as a speech language pathologist in both the public and private school systems and private practice.
Working and playing with children daily, Sherry has become an expert in evaluating children’s toys, games, and books for their language-building value. She founded the PAL Award (Play Advances Language), to recognize exceptional examples of these products. She has been referenced as a speech expert in parenting.com and The Chicago Tribune, as well as contributed guest blogs to ASHAsphere, Love That Max, and ASTRA’s The Whoo Hoo Factor. Her blog, playonwords.com is frequently highlighted in ASHA Leader Magazine.
Sherry has been tapped as an expert and her insights shared on NBC Connecticut, and News12 Connecticut.
Currently, she is advising children’s authors and startups for children’s toys and media.
Sherry started Play on Words LLC in 2003, after 16 years with the Fairfield Public Schools. The mission of her practice is threefold: 1) to serve as a therapist to children with special needs, helping to build their speech and language skills and 2) to assist new moms and dads of typically developing children, ages birth to 3 years, as a personal trainer, teaching parents how to talk, read and play with their child to enhance language, and 3) to advise parents, companies and authors on the attributes of the best toys, games and media to build language.
Prior to establishing Play on Words LLC, Sherry’s career as a speech language pathologist spanned 22 years in the Illinois and Connecticut public and private schools, where she worked with pre-school to high school-aged children with special needs. In this capacity, she served on multidisciplinary diagnostic teams at the preschool and elementary levels. In addition, she helped to develop programs for teaching language through literature and worked in collaboration with classroom teachers to bridge language, reading and writing in school curriculum.
Sherry graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Communicative Disorders, where she currently serves on the Alumni Council. Licensed in Connecticut, she is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has been a member of the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Infant and Toddlers Committee. She serves on the national board of “Young Lives,” providing support for single teenage moms and their babies.
Sherry and her husband Bob have been residents of Southport for more than 30 years. They have three sons who served as Sherry’s first Play on Words clients: Bill, Yale 2000, Andrew, Northwestern University 2003, and Peter, Duke University 2005, and acquired three amazing daughters through marriage. Sherry and Bob are blessed with 7 precious grandchildren who love to play with Sheshe and Artie.