I have been a speech-language pathologist for 35 years, before which I taught kids with autism. I teach workshops locally and nationally. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I provide local and national workshops on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs.
Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles!
I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national conferences.
I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?).
I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 1 cat. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls.