I believe therapy should be individualized, fun, and understood by the family. By building trust and familiarity with you and your child, we can work together to create a therapy plan that allows us to see progress and growth in amazing and unexpected ways.
So, how do I create the trust and affinity with your child? By setting clear expectations, celebrating small victories, and using your child's interests to engage them. We will sing, play, and do therapy all at the same time.
I want you to understand your child's differences so that you are empowered and can advocate for them. I want your child to have confidence and to have the skills to lead happy, successful lives. Let's work together to set goals, give your child a voice, and support them in their success.
I work with children who have communication difficulties such as autism, social (pragmatic) disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, or fluency disorders.
My clinical practice is focused on children because their development feels the most challenging and rewarding to me. Language and communication skills are perhaps the most important part of child development, and there are few things as gratifying as helping a child grow. I work for that moment when I finally get to see a kid play and laugh with their peers after months or years of sitting alone and feeling left out.
And if you're a parent confused about your child's differences and diagnoses, I understand. I am here to help! We can work together to make sense of the assessments, reports, or education plans that you may have been given. Not all children require speech therapy, but when they do, the correct form of early intervention is critical.
I believe every child is unique, so their therapy plan should be too. With the input of both the parents and child, we will create an individualized plan that uses your child's strengths and interests to lift them up. I believe in focusing on small victories to create big, positive outcomes. Together, we can give your child the opportunity of honest communication.
I graduated from the University of Houston with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2013. My undergraduate degree was completed at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. I'm a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Portland Autism Group (PAG), and Membership Chair of the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association (OSHA).
My clinical experience includes work at The Parish School, Specialized Assessment and Consulting, Spring Branch Independent School District, Memorial Hermann Hospital System, the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), University of Houston Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic — all located in Houston, Texas. Most recently, I worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Corbett School District in Corbett, Oregon and subsequently as Clinic Director at LanguageCraft, a private clinic in downtown Portland.
I have experience writing and interpreting Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and working both in and out of the public school system.
Are you confused about your child's disorder or assessments? Let's set up an appointment to review records, interpret reports, and help you understand your child's disorder.
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I provide speech and language therapy to children and adolescents who have articulation and/or phonological disorders, language disorders, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorders and social (pragmatic) language disorders. I specialize in working with young children who have challenges with engaging and connecting with the world around them. I also provide family training.
A screening is a brief, informal assessment of speech, language, and social skills used to determine if your child's skills are age appropriate, and whether a full speech and language evaluation is warranted. This is a good starting point for those who are concerned about their child's communication development.
A full evaluation conducted by a speech-language pathologist is done using a combination of formal/standardized assessments, informal assessments (observations, language sample), a review of your child's records (medical history, Individualized Education Plan), and parent/caregiver interview. This evaluation is used to identify your child's strengths and areas of need. Depending on the needs of your child, an evaluation will take from 1-3 hours to complete. A written report will be provided with an individualized treatment plan and recommendations.
I use an interactive, child-based approach in therapy sessions. The length and frequency of sessions will be cultivated based on the parent/caregiver's availability and the child's needs.
My address is 1827 NE 44th Ave #120, Portland, OR 97213. There is free visitor parking available for families.
Talk with your child's pediatrician about your concerns. You may also call me at 503-568-1781 for a free phone consultation, where we can schedule an initial intake session.
Payment is accepted by cash, check, or credit card. You can pay by credit card at the time of service, or receive an invoice after services are rendered.
Portland Speech Clinic currently accepts Regence – Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda. I am out of network with all other insurance companies.