SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Working with a student

Overview

As humans we are social beings. As social beings we communicate. We communicate to share knowledge, to share ideas, to interact and to tell stories.

Language is our means of connecting with one another; our means of sharing commonality and diversity; our means of linking present and past; our means of creating well-being; our means of developing as a species. We communicate in so many ways: orally, with gesture, and in writing.  

For those with communication delays or differences, it is frustrating for both sender and receiver. Through my work as a speech language pathologist I hope to minimize these frustrations - to think of creative ways to help others effectively communicate their needs and wants. My professional goal is to provide support for those gaining communicative competence and confidence toward well-being and productive citizenship. 

My Own Experiences

I am an adjunct professor specializing in coursework in language development.I also train paraprofessionals to work within school settings. 

For over fifteen years I have managed my own private practice. Most of my work is diagnostic in nature, evaluating birth to 12 year olds with communication disabilities. I develop individual education plans and accommodations.  I've worked with a variety of clients including those with autism, hearing impairment, Down syndrome, developmental delays, language and auditory processing issues, word retrieval weaknesses. Additionally, I consult with professionals and paraprofessionals working directly with clients for ongoing assessment.  I create treatment goals and objectives. Among my self-published handouts, are ideas for parents and staff to support communication efforts.  

I studied both American Sign Language and Spanish. Though I cannot admit to fluency in either language, I can get by on a conversational level and teach sign language at a vocabulary and early word combination level. I designed a sign language workshop series for parents and staff to help young children gain early communication skills.

Introducing music and sign language supports early communications. I encourage parents and professionals to use sign language and music to engage with young children lacking oral communication skills. On this web site, please find short videos sharing what I've learned about using sign and music.

On my own accord, I have researched juvenile brain tumors, especially those located in the temporal and frontal lobe regions of the brain - our language centers. Brain tumors and related treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation in these areas, may effect language processing, word retrieval, social skills, and executive functions. I share my knowledge of this particular health malady to help support others who might find themselves in like circumstances - being recently diagnosed or caring for a loved one.