Certification: Certified member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA), Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist by the University of the State of New York Education Department, Licensed Professional Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities by the University of the State of New York Education Department, PROMPT trained, CPR Certified
From: Brooklyn, New York
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Children’s Studies from the City University of New York Brooklyn College, Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from St. John’s University
Location: Danbury Office
About Me: One of my favorite hobbies as a teenager was collecting quotes that I’d come across in books, on television, at school or in conversation, that resonated with me. When I came across the following saying, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, it impacted my life and the choices I made going forward; both personally and professionally. It read, “To find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exaltation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.” When I began my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2008, I knew that the professional field of communication sciences and disorders would allow me to bring the words I valued on paper, to life. Over the last 14+ years, I have worked with individuals of all ages and settings. I found my true passion for working with school-aged children when I became an SLP for the New York City Department of Education. My role as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities allowed me to explore many avenues of collaboration (with teachers and staff, related service providers, specialists, support agencies, and families) and mentorship (CFY Speech Pathologists and graduate students). It taught me how to adapt evaluative and treatment aspects of my field to meet the specific needs that children with special needs require to access their curriculum and navigate the social, emotional, and physical demands of school life. These skills carried over into my clinical practices where I worked with individuals and families to maximize communication throughout their daily lives. I have serviced populations that include, but are not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Articulation & Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, Stuttering, Expressive & Receptive Language Impairments, Pragmatic Language Disorder, Hearing Impairments, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Dysarthria, Pediatric Behavioral Feeding Disorders, Selectively Mute and Emotional Disturbances. As I continue my career as a resident of Connecticut, I plan to incorporate my “big picture” approach as I meet and treat new clients and their families. It is with this mindset that I expect the continued success referenced by Emerson - from both myself and those I serve.