Why did you choose to pursue a career in SLP (speech-language pathology)?
I always knew I wanted to work with others to help them with their communication needs. I started my career as an audiologist in Chicago working with both pediatric and adult populations at a major hospital and teaching at two universities. When I relocated back to Ohio and landed in CLE I taught at Cleveland State and decided to pursue the speech side of communication disorders – the best decision I ever made! I absolutely love being a Pediatric SLP!
Do you have any special areas of interest?
As a peds SLP, other than ASD, my areas of interest are Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Literacy, and Language, and Phonological Disorders.
What varied experience do you have in your field?
I started in the field of Communication Disorders as an Audiologist, worked in hospital settings, and taught at three universities, Rush University, Northwestern University, and Cleveland State University. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I have worked both in pediatric medical settings and in public school settings.
What degrees, licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?
I have Master’s degrees in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. I hold licensure for the State of Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology, a Pupil Service License for the Ohio Department of Education, and my Clinical Certificate of Competence from our National Certification Board – The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about helping children learn how to communicate, whether it’s via sign language, PECS, an AAC device, or verbally.
What do you enjoy most about working at Building Blocks Therapy?
The different disciplines coming together to do what is best for each individual child and help them be the most successful they can be.