What got you interested in working as a speech therapist?
Throughout my graduate career, I’ve become highly intrigued with understanding and continuing my evidence-based practice with the human brain including cognitive-communication and speech and language impairments in all ages. I have found working with this client population to be an astonishing and challenging learning experience. In fact, some of the behaviors presented in this population of adults with acquired language disorders are behaviors that can also be observed in school-aged children with language disorders. Now, I’ve found a new love and interest in Dysphagia. I am excited to know that FRPT can provide me with those endless opportunities.
What do you love most about being a speech therapist?
I love seeing the progress and growth of our clients, whether it’s mastering their goals, and/or demonstrating carryover of learned skills.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
When I am not working, you can catch me reading a book, going on runs, hiking, climbing, and baking sourdough bread and anything with sourdough in it. Of course, I have two dogs, who join me everywhere I go.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I am a huge Bronco fan, and love watching football, both NFL and college.
What is your favorite activity to encourage learning and growth with kids?
I love to encourage families to cook together. When a family is cooking together you are meeting many cognitive/language demands including sequencing, following directions, alternating attention, verbal expression, word-retrieval, receptive information, cause/effect, and problem solving. Additionally, we are introducing sensory food exposure of various types of foods.