Tell us a little about your approach to early intervention:
“Children want the same things we want: to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted.”- Dr. Seuss
When working with young children, I believe that it is essential to establish supportive relationships with caregivers, through a reflective, positive, strengths-based approach. I use evidence-based speech-language methods tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and caregiver within the child’s natural environment. Therapy is family-centered and includes child-directed play in order to facilitate joint attention, expand vocalizations and vocabulary, and stimulate communicative intentions.
What qualifications and trainings do you have?
- B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Special Education
- M.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence
- Washington State Department of Health Speech Language Pathology License
- Additional trainings and coursework in DIR-Floortime Approach, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Visual Immersion Program (VIP), American Sign-Language (ASL), and dynamic motor approaches to pediatric motor speech disorders.
Are there areas of practice that you specialize in?
I have worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and their families for more than 19 years. My clinical experience also includes working with children with Down syndrome, motor speech disorders, phonological processing disorders, receptive and expressive language impairment, and social-language disorders.