• Ph.D. Northcentral University
  • M.A. California State University
  • B.A. Biola University


Tonya Dantuma's teaching interests are in the areas of speech sound disorders, global issues and telepractice, and professional issues in speech language pathology. She teaches in both of the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her courses include Speech Sound Disorders (UG), Clinical Phonetics (UG), Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, Advanced Capstone (Grad), and Advanced Speech Sound Disorders (Grad). Dantuma teaches with a teach, practice, do philosophy that allows students to learn using guided practice of assessment and treatment techniques, and an opportunity to apply those techniques to simulations and case studies. Dantuma leads two service learning trips to Belize and to Uganda, in which she teaches students therapy skills, cultural competence, and loving through actions. She is interested in the application of technology use and telepractice for meeting the needs of individuals who do not have access to speech-language pathologists. Dantuma integrates 'imago dei", all people are created in the image of God, as the foundation for all of her teaching. People with disabilities, people who are angry, people who are from other cultures, and who are different from us, are all created in the image of God. As children of God they deserve our best treatment, our deepest compassion, and our love.


  • Dantuma, T. (2020). Professional Competencies in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.Jones-Bartlett Publishing, Burlington, MA
  • (Book Chapter) Special Kids with Individual Learning Differences (2018): Editors: June Hetzel amp; Robin LaBarbara. Chapter Title: Inclusion of Children with Speech and Language Needs in the Classroom.
  • Similarities and Differences Between In-Person and Telepractice Speech-Sound Assessment Results (2014) SAGE Publishing


Professional Trainings and Development

  • “Bilingual Language Development: Differences vs. Disorders. Ministry of Education, Belize.
  • “Naturalistic Language Intervention for Children with Autism”. Kampala Speech-Pathology Student Organization. Kampala, Uganda.
  • “Inclusion of Children with Speech and Language Disorders Collaborating with General Education
  • Teachers.” Beirut Baptist School Capacity Building, April, 2018.
  • “Including Children with Special Needs in a Language Based Classroom”. Haigazian University Special Education Conference, April, 2018.
  • “Developing Assessment and Treatment Plans for Children with Special Needs.” Department of Orientation and Guidance to Beirut Ministry of Education, April, 2018.
  • “MTSS: Multi-tiered System of Supports for Children with Special Needs”. Center for Education Research and Development, Ministry of Education, Beirut, Lebanon, April, 2018.
  • “Belize: A Model for Sustainable Global Intervention.” California Speech and Hearing
  • Association Convention, March, 2018.
  • “Language Development in Eastern African Countries.” American Speech and Hearing Association, 2018.
  • “Telepractice: Effective for Speech Sound Assessment, Really!” American Speech and Hearing Association, November, 2017.

Community Presentations

  • “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness”. Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Chapel, Biola University, October, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Handling Difficult Behaviors” Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA August, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Developing a System of Discipline”. Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA July, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Language Disorders
  • Pediatric Speech


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