I want to provide an environment where students who struggle have success. Where they have so much fun, they ask to come back for more. Where lessons transfer so seamlessly from the therapy room to the classroom and home, parents and teachers both say, “why didn’t I think of that?”
I graduated from the University of Virginia keen to make a difference and eager to work with children and their families facing monumental obstacles—severe physical and intellectually disabilities, non-verbal, swallowing disorders and autism. I found myself on the bottom rung at a clinic with gifted and experienced therapists—occupation, physical, speech and language—and loved every moment of the demanding environment.
Then I had my own kids and I realized that any educational or behavioral struggles are enormous to families and that the “small problems” I sorta tolerated before are also what it’s all about. Articulation, language delays, learning disabilities and attention disorders are real struggles for loads of kids and the loads of moms who worry about them.
I’m a private clinician seeing students in their school setting and my families often pay for services out of pocket which means allocating funds that might otherwise go towards after school activities like karate, piano, science or art classes.
So I am FUN. I am EFFICIENT.
I work with small, incremental changes in academic performance that will transform students from struggling to keep up to eager to raise a hand. I also love helping students who have been known to zone out or act up in class become the ones bringing home glowing conference and progress reports. I’m so passionate about helping my students succeed, that I’ll fiddle as long as I need to for an activity to fit “just right.” This frequently means creating several different approaches to target the same skill, accommodating baby steps when increasing difficulty and providing visually clean materials to decrease distractions.
When families see their child eager to learn and lessons begin to “click,” they’re as excited as I am! This enthusiasm and understanding translates to more consistent practice at home, the cornerstone to a successful therapy experience.
I love my kiddos and their families, but I strive to have them graduate from speech and language therapy as soon as I can.
If your kiddos are challenging you and you’re ready to collaborate, stick around. We’re gonna have fun!