I am thrilled to be starting my third year as the full-time speech-language pathologist here at Discovery! My role as an SLP is to support the specific goals outlined in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEP). As a related service, I collaborate closely with all members of the IEP team as we work to ensure each child maximizes his/her communication potential. More specifically, I work with students who need specialized instruction in improving articulation, expressive/receptive language, fluency, and social communication skills. If any of these areas are affecting the student’s ability to access their educational curriculum, I will be called in to provide specialized therapeutic intervention in an effort to maximize the child’s independence in these areas.
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. From there, I went on to receive my Masters of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. I then moved to the DC area where I worked in a multidisciplinary pediatric private practice for several years. At this practice, I was able to gain a multitude of experience in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide variety of communication disorders. Additionally, I frequently co-treated children with Occupational Therapists, as well as collaborated with parents, ABA therapists, medical professionals, and school based special education teams, in order to facilitate carryover across settings. I hold a license from the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (BASLP), as well as my certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Some formal trainings I have received include PECS, Core Vocabulary, Social Thinking, Zones of Regulation, and PROMPT.
I love being active! In particular, I like barre, yoga, and playing golf. I also enjoy trying all of the fun restaurants that the DC area has to offer. My husband and I are both from Pennsylvania, so we love visiting home as often as we can!
The Color Monster is a book about feelings. As an SLP, I love reading this with my students because it helps them realize that different situations may cause us to feel many different ways. The “color monster” in the story is easy to relate to, and the book serves as a springboard for discussion when