I am a certified speech-language pathologist who has been working with children and their families for the past nine years. Every session I ask my families; How have things been for you since our last session and what challenges do you want to work on today? My goal is to work on practical skills that will positively impact daily interactions with your child.
I have experience working with a variety of diagnosis and speech/language needs and especially enjoy helping families carry over therapy activities within everyday routines in a practical, and most importantly fun manner. I have worked with a wide range of needs including Apraxia of speech, articulation delays, feeding difficulties, receptive/expressive language delay, social challenges, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to name a few. I also enjoy working with children with sensory differences and behavioral challenges.
Education & Work Experience
I am proud to be a WSU Cougar! I graduated with a BA in Speech & Hearing Sciences in 2007 and my Masters in Communication Disorders in 2009. I worked for two years at a private clinic where I worked almost exclusively with children with Autism and enjoyed working with that population immensely. Following that position I have been working at a nonprofit clinic for the past 6 years that is composed of an incredibly mixed caseload of various ages, diagnosis and needs. I started Engaged Speech & Language Therapy as a way to increase flexibility with my family and explore the opportunity to serve families in their home.
Feeding: Fragile Infant Feeding Institute, Washington State Community Feeding team member, Oral Motor / Feeding Workshop for Toddlers, Preschoolers and School-aged Children
Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC for Promoting the Development of Communication with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Practical Language-Based Solutions for Children Who Need AAC
Autism: STAT Training (Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers), The Play Project
Apraxia / Articulation: Teaching Children with Developmental Disabilities How to Speak: From Neuroscience Foundations to Functional Interventions
Cerebral Palsy / Neuromotor: Nuero-Developmental Treatment / Bobath Certificate Course in the Management and Treatment of Children
I live in Renton with my husband, toddler and two dogs. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, home projects and cooking.