I hold a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology as well as Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. With a background in Elementary Education, I have over 9 years of experience working with the pediatric population. As a speech-language pathologist, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including:
- Acute Care
- Intermediate Care for children with severe/profound developmental disabilities and medical fragility
- Outpatient Private Practice and In-home Care
- Early intervention
- North Carolina public school system
Feeding and Swallowing
I have extensive experience evaluating and treating dysphagia (swallowing disorders) in both the pediatric and geriatric population. In both populations, I have learned the importance of communication with families during the therapeutic process. My approach to pediatric feeding therapy is child-centered and gradual allowing both the child and family to feel comfortable and confident during treatment. Clear and concise communication is my goal during each session so that progress can be effectively made. I will work with you and your child to develop a specialized plan that will help to meet your child’s feeding and nutritional goals. Family education is key to progress, so families will be educated on all evaluation results, treatment progress, and intervention techniques. I have worked with medically complex cases including G-tube, trach dependency, and aspiration as well as behavioral, oral motor, sensory, and GERD (reflux) cases that may cause picky eating. My goal is to help your child overcome difficulties associated with bottle and/or breast feeding, spoon feeding, chewing, open cup and straw drinking. I will work directly with physicians, occupational, and physical therapists to develop the most effective treatment plan based on each individual’s needs.
Speech and Language
I have experience evaluating and treating:
- Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders
- Articulation Delays
- Phonological disorders
- Apraxia – Nancy Kaufman approach
- Phonological Processing Disorders
- Voice Issues/Vocal Hygiene
- Oral Motor Issues- motor planning, dysarthria, increased tone
- Expressive Language and Comprehension Delays
- Auditory Processing
- Other neurological diagnoses
My approach to speech/language therapy is play-based which allows me to develop a rapport with your child while focusing on their speech and language needs. A home program will be developed in order to provide carryover skills to help meet your child’s speech and language goals in all environmental settings.
As a parent, I have experienced first-hand how difficult it is to watch your child struggle with feeding and/or speech difficulties. My goal for all treatment is to provide ample opportunity for your child to succeed so that he/she feels confident in his/her abilities. In feeding therapy, my ultimate objective is to develop a positive relationship between your child and food creating life-long healthy eating habits.