I am a speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with individuals with complex communication needs. I have worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist in a public school district serving students with moderate-to-intensive needs in four buildings in grades 1-12. Additionally, I’ve served a diverse caseload of children and adults in an outpatient rehabilitation facility, adults in the hospital setting and pediatric clients in their own homes. Regardless of my work environment, I am on a mission to help individuals find voices of their own.
I believe every child deserves to share their dreams and ideas. Every child deserves to learn to read and write. Language connects people to one another. Literacy ensures access to life-long learning and maximum independence. My mission is a personal one. I am a mom to two amazing teenagers. Our son uses an AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) device as his voice due to severe apraxia and dysarthria. He works harder than anyone I know to make himself heard and his sister is his best friend and fiercest advocate. In this blog, I hope to share my experiences in both my [colliding] worlds as a mother and SLP.
I look forward to meeting other speech-language pathologists, parents and professionals via this blog so that I may learn from their journeys, experiences and lessons as well.