I have always been passionate about working with children and helping them reach their fullest potential. I value collaborating with parents and caregivers to provide the most appropriate individualized speech-language therapy sessions for the children I work with. I use a play-based child led approach to ensure that therapy is fun, and to allow children to learn in the most natural way possible-through play!
I am a certified Basic DIRFloortime provider and have completed training to promote development within their first four functional emotional developmental capacities: regulation, engagement, purposeful reciprocal communication, sense of self, and problem solving. DIRFloortime is a child led approach that is based on a child's inner will and motivation. This approach is tailored to a child's individual differences and emphasizes building strong relationships to help facilitate meaningful and long-lasting growth within all FEDCs.
Areas of Expertise: I have experience working with children and adults ranging from 1-25 with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation/phonology disorders, and fluency disorders.
Education/Certification: I received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Minnesota. I hold my certificate of clinical competence through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Specialized Training: I have attended a variety of courses in DIRFloortime and I have specialized training in facial, auditory, as well as dynamic and postural reflex integration (MNRI). I have taken Talk Tools OPT Assessment and Program Plan Development, 3 Part Treatment for OPT, and Prompt level 1.