What got you interested in working as a speech therapist?
In college I found that learning about the production of speech sounds and language development and structure was fascinating. Combining that with being able to work with children in a one-on-one or small group setting led me to the field of Speech-Language Pathology. I love our field!
What do you love most about being a speech therapist?
My favorite part of this job is hearing from parents about the progress and changes they are seeing in their child’s communication skills. I enjoy finding out if what we’re doing is working and carrying over outside of our sessions!.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Hanging out with friends, going for walks, watercolor painting, learning new things.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve been to 4/7 continents.
What is your favorite activity to encourage learning and growth with kids?
Incorporate tactile-visual cues to support speech and language, whether it’s stomping out words, using tactile signs for sound cues, tracing letters on sandpaper, or tapping syllables on an arm, involving other senses and making ideas visual is very helpful.
Is there anything else you want to share?
Before FRPT, I spent most of my career working in public schools so I feel very comfortable with school-based speech/language services, IEPs, and the Special Education process. I also specialize in remediating articulation and receptive/expressive language disorders.