I have ten years of experience as a speech language pathologist. I have worked with populations from birth to elderly. Primarily, I have worked in elementary schools and in clinic and home based early intervention. I have also worked remotely as a tele therapist using video and voice conferencing to reach remote and underserved populations. I am married to an officer in the US Navy and have consequently had the opportunity to live and work all over the world. This gives me a unique perspective in my therapeutic approach and in development of meaningful and universal materials that can work from Hawaii to England. My current passion is nonprofit charity work and I am part of a multidisciplinary team that supports orphans with disabilities in rural Romania.
I choose child directed approaches and offer a partnership in my sessions in order to empower and engage children. Meaningful growth in communication skills often occurs when we are 'having fun'.
Awarded small grant from the Britannia Royal Naval College Charities committee to travel to Romania and work with orphans with disabilities. Represented the state of Hawaii as a member of ASHA advisory council from 2011-2013. In this role I advised the ASHA regulatory councils on policy and procedures and also participated in legislative initiatives and lobbying on capitol hill.
I have a bachelor in science from Southern Illinois University at Carbonale I have a master of science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I have an increasing fluency of the Spanish language.
I live in a small village near the sea in the south of England with my family.
English Language Arts, Grammar, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Ancient History, Special Education, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Speech Therapy, Winter, St. Patrick's Day, Summer, Informational Text, Early Intervention