I am a state licensed, nationally certified pediatric speech language pathologist with more than 25 years of experience located in Tualatin, OR. I believe children learn best when they are having fun! My sessions are jam-packed with engaging materials and activities designed with your child's individual goals in mind.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1986. I completed my Masters of Science degree at Portland State University in 1989.
I received my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in 1992 and have maintained by cerification by completing stringent continuing education requirements.
I am licensed by the State of Oregon and am a member of Oregon Speech and Hearing Association and have met the requirements of participating in a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education courses every two year period. These courses have included extensive training on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Dyslexia, Language Disorders and Motor Speech Disorders.
I am an avid reader and do my best to keep up to date with the latest research and best practice techniques associated with pediatric speech language pathology.
I believe children learn best when they are having fun. Research shows that our lasting memories are ones that are formed when there is strong emotion connected to the event. Therefore, I strive to keep my sessions appealing to each individual child by structuring treatment activities around themes and activities that they are interested in. I find that a child will learn a concept more quickly and thoroughly when they are invested in the process.
I keep my sessions creative and fresh by planning a monthly theme and creating activities to match that theme. I'm constantly looking for new, appealing toys and activities that will facilitate speech and language learning. I love to share my ideas on social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and my blog. My ideas have been featured twice in the ASHA Leader, a monthly publication for SLPs and audiologists.