I have worked as a speech-language pathologist in the public schools since 2006. This includes work with students in preschool, grade school, high school and vocational programs. In addition, I have also worked in Early Intervention, private practice, home based therapy, and skilled nursing facilities. The bulk of my caseload has been work with students with signifiant communication challenges including autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and apraxia. I have trained extensively in AAC, and am always looking to further my knowledge in this and other areas.
I like to say that I like to put the FUN in functional. This means that I always try to find the functionality in the tasks and activities my students engage in within the school environment. This also means that whenever these tasks can be taught in a fun and/or playful manner, I will take the opportunity. My students always seem to learn more when they are laughing, smiling, and/or feeling proud of their accomplishments.
I have won two American Speech-Language Hearing Association Continuing Education Awards.
I graduated from Elmhurst College with a BA in Speech-Language Pathology. I obtained my Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University.
I am the daughter of two teachers! My father is a retired ESL teacher and my mother is currently 3rd grade teacher. My older sister is also a teacher! Therefore, I'm constantly surrounded by lots of great ideas to help teach. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga. I have attended trainings to share yoga with my students with disabilities, and have incorporated yoga into my therapy sessions when possible.
Specialty, Arts & Music, Special Education, Life Skills, Classroom Management, Cooking, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Speech Therapy, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Vocational Education, Early Intervention