Marika King is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist and doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Georgia State University. Prior to beginning college, Ms. King traveled to southern Mexico where she learned Spanish and spent a year volunteering at an orphanage. She returned to the United States and continued to pursue her passion of working with children, especially those who face significant communication challenges. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico. While at the University of New Mexico, Ms. King began research in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and joined several research projects teaching syntax to young children who use AAC. As a clinician, Ms. King has primarily worked with children from Spanish-speaking homes as well as individuals with complex communication needs who use AAC. She has been with Atlanta Pediatric Therapy since 2015. Her research investigates factors that influence communication outcomes of bilingual children with intellectual and developmental disabilities including children who may benefit from AAC. Ms. King will join the faculty at Utah State University in Fall 2019.