Professionals

Meri Naumceska M.A.CCC-SLP

Meri Naumceska M.A. CCC-SLP, founder of 70 Cvetovi a private speech and language pathology practice and founder of 7O CVETOVI SKOPJE, Association for early intervention and education of children with special needs is a Macedonian American speech and language pathologist who specializes in treatment of children with communication delays. Her areas of expertise include early intervention of children with autism, children with cranio-facial disorders, language and phonological disorders due to various types of syndromes and developmental delays.

Meri Naumceska received her master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, USA in 2002. Meri Naumceska worked as a speech and language pathologist at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota Fairview Medical Center and senior speech and language pathologist at Courage Center in Minnesota. She is a recipient of the Minnesota Speech- Language-Hearing Foundation scholarship in 2000 and the Alumni of Notable Achievement Award with the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her ongoing passion for working with children with autism and cross-cultural interests prompted her to begin collaboration with Dr. Yang Zhang from the department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with the University of Minnesota in 2010. Their collaboration continues today. She began her PhD studies in the field of language development and autism with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and the Max Plank Institute in Germany in 2011. Meri Naumceska opened her own practice in Skopje, Macedonia in 2013. Since then she has served as an international speech and language pathologist providing servicesfor local and international children in need. She has been involved as an expert consultant in pioneering efforts to bring awareness, teach and adapt the working and social environment of young adults with disabilities in Macedonia. Her desire to bridge research, exchange clinical experiences and knowledge in the treatment and diagnosis of children with autism between the US and Macedonia has resulted in collaboration with the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences – MAAS and collaboration with physicians and therapists within the US Macedonian Physician project in 2014 and 2015as well as visiting experts in the field of autism from the United States and the European countries. In 2018 she founded 7O CVETOVI SKOPJE, Association for early intervention and education of children with special needs and began her partnership with Project ECHO Autism with the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri.

International collaborators

Sarah C. Bauer MD, MS is a developmental pediatrician in Chicago, and her clinical interests include the interdisciplinary evaluation and ongoing care of children with developmental differences including autism spectrum disorders, speech and language delays, developmental delays, learning disorders, and intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Bauer has contributed to several peer-reviewed research articles in the field of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and has published in various news outlets including CNN, Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, Scientific American, STAT News, and The Huffington Post.

Dr. Yang Zhang – University of Minnesota, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Minneapolis, Minnesota. USA