My love of speech-language pathology began in high school. As a member of Best Buddies, I had many friends with disabilities who had benefited from speech therapy. I witnessed how speech therapy helped them to share their ideas, thoughts, and feelings more clearly, and form stronger connections with the community surrounding them.
Prior to becoming an SLP, I danced professionally. My creative arts background plays a big role in my approach to therapy, and my belief that there are many ways to communicate.
In undergrad, I was fortunate to begin learning about disability culture and identity. I am a strong advocate for accessibility. I look to disabled adults for cues about how to conduct therapy in an inclusive manner. I know that for some families, this may be your first encounter with disability. I hope that through working with me, you will find someone who first and foremost accepts your child for who they are, and who advocates for their inclusion in all areas of life.
Since graduating from Teachers College, Columbia University, I have worked at a sub-acute rehab hospital, an outpatient clinic, in private practice, and for early intervention. While I have experience with individuals across the lifespan, I am particularly passionate about working with Deaf/hard-of-hearing children, as well as children who are predominantly gestalt language processors, non-speaking, and/or use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
I am also a feeding therapist, with experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Feeding therapy is useful for children who need extra help with new foods or textures, or learning to eat by mouth for the first time. Food is part of every day, and if it’s something that feels like a mountain your child is struggling to climb, feeding therapy could help. I’m so lucky to support children in their journey to enjoying a wide variety of tastes and textures, because variety is the spice of life.
So, that’s my story. I love what I do.
What about you?