Board Certified & Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
- Michigan State University – Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and specialization in Health Promotion
- Michigan State University – Master of Arts in Communication Disorders
Licenses & Certificates:
- Licensed to practice in South Carolina as a Speech-Language Pathologist
- Received Certificate of Clinical Competence through American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Pediatric Work History:
During my graduate studies, I worked with pediatrics from birth-to-eighteen in several settings including neonatal intensive care units, acute inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation, early intervention family-centered therapy, preprimary impaired, and school settings. These diverse experiences granted me the opportunity to work with children on several areas including articulation, phonology, language, voice, resonance, fluency, cognition, augmentative communication, feeding, motor impairments including apraxia and dysarthria, Autism Spectrum Disorder and many others. Those experiences carried me forward to begin my career in Myrtle Beach at Young Talkers where I have been since 2011.
I worked on several research projects that were initiated during my graduate studies. My work with Dr. Ida Stockman has allowed me to present at the 2010 American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Convention on “Grammatical Ellipsis: An Unexplored Window Into Children’s Communicative Competence.” This research analyzes grammatical ellipsis in children’s natural language samples. My work with Dr. Soo-Eun Chang’s NIH funded research project is investigating the brain bases of developmental stuttering and trajectories toward recovery or persistency. I also worked with a team in Michigan’s Early-On birth-to-three Program creating a user-friendly dictionary to provide to parents to better understand speech pathology terminology.
“Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding”
This was a 3-day training conference on the SOS Approach to Feeding. This is a feeding program that is a non-invasive developmental approach to feeding. It is designed to assess and address all the factors involved in feeding difficulties. This approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. It focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level through exploring and learning about the different properties of foods, including texture, smell, taste, and consistency. The SOS approach follows a hierarchy to feeding from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with the food, smelling, touching, tasting, and eventually, eating the food.
CASANA “Childhood Apraxia of Speech: A Multi-sensory Approach to Achieving Speech Outcomes”-Certificate of Attendance
Presented by David Hammer, this was a hands-on, practical, therapy-rich presentation will focus on strategies for therapists that facilitate verbal communication for children with apraxia. The strategies discussed were applicable to a range of speech sound disorders from severe apraxia to residual /r/ distortions.
Talk Tools “Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) For Speech Clarity and Feeding”- Certificate of Completion
Presented by Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson, this was an innovative tactile-sensory approach to speech therapy uses therapy tools to train and transition muscle movements for speech production. Learned how motor activities can be used to improve phonation, resonation, and speech clarity. Focus was also on therapeutically sound techniques to develop oral-motor movements for improved speech clarity. Muscles of the abdomen, velum, jaw, lips, and tongue were discussed within the parameters of movements necessary for speech production. Developmentally appropriate motor movements for speech are therapeutically targeted using highly motivating techniques appropriate for children and adults.
Screening Tool For Autism (STAT) Training- Certificate of Completion
Trained on how to use The STAT™ (Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers & Young Children) which is an empirically derived, interactive measure that has been developed to screen for autism in children between 24 and 36 months of age. It is designed for use by community service providers who work with young children in assessment or intervention settings and who have experience with autism. The STAT™ consists of 12 items and takes about 20 minutes to administer. Activities assess key social and communicative behaviors including imitation, play, requesting, and directing attention.
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®)- Letter of Attendance
The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) program develops phoneme awareness. Students learn to recognize how their mouths produce the sounds of language. This kinesthetic feedback enables them to verify sounds within words and to become self-correcting in reading, spelling, and speech.
Medical University of S.C. Craniofacial & Cleft Anomalies Conference
A course for practitioners of all disciplines involved with the care of patients with cleft lip and palate regarding knowledge pertaining to the diagnosis, management, and treatment of these patients. This course provided current knowledge in this field to enable professionals to employ the best current practices when working with this population.