In December 2016 I made the move back to the school speech setting. Currently I work in an early ed school servicing the preschool and Kindergarten children in the district. Prior to this position I worked in the Early Intervention setting as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. I worked daily in children's natural environments (i.e. homes, daycare centers, Head Start) helping coach parents and teachers to help their little ones communicate. Before making that transition I worked in a school district with Early Childhood through 5th grade students. In addition to my experience working with children with speech and language delays, I have also worked for three years in a daycare setting and babysit on a regular basis. I hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCCs) from ASHA and hold two licenses in the state of Illinois.
With my background in Early Intervention, my therapy style tends to be family-centered. My goal as a therapist is to help empower parents and caregivers to help their child communicate with the world around them. I try to keep visits personal, fun, and informative; leaving parents and caregivers with tools to continue therapy when I am not there. In the schools this means that communication with teachers and families is key for me. I work hard with students every day and help their grown-ups support them when they are not in speech.
It just makes my day when one of my little ones says their first word or masters that tricky speech sound. Their look of confidence and joy is priceless!
I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Psychology from Marquette University in 2011. Then, I continued on to Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I graduated in 2013 with my Master's Degree in Speech Pathology with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education. After completing my Clinical Fellowship in the schools I earned my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
I am certified in PECS Level 1.
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