Amy is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). She graduated with her Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in Speech Language Pathology from American River College. Amy has continued her education and will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education in August, 2017. Amy is a lifelong learner and most recently attended the California State Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) annual convention. She is excited to continue gaining education and learning opportunities in the field of communication disorders.
Amy has always loved working with children. At age 11, she enjoyed caring for her younger neighbors. She has continued to care for other children in her volunteer activities, as well as, in the field of speech pathology. Amy discovered our field, when her friend’s daughter was 5 years old and wasn’t talking. The little girls communication skills improved rapidly when she attended speech therapy. After witnessing the positive impact of therapy, Amy decided to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology.
Amy has experience working with communication disorders in a variety of settings, including, early intervention, preschool, and K-12 schools. She is skilled working with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, Angelman’s syndrome, articulation and phonological disorders, deaf and hard of hearing, intellectual disabilities, language disorders, and social and pragmatic disorders. Amy has specialized training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy and American Sign Language. She utilizes Sign Language as well as a range of reinforcement systems to engage and motivate children in therapy. She pays special attention to subtle cues from children and immediately modifies therapy activities and the environment to support progress. Amy is fun and flexible about the provision of services and has been known to work under a table or do her crazy wiggle dances to engage children. Her philosophy is to make sessions fun and productive so children become good listeners and overall good citizens. She is passionate about helping children gain communication skills, and helping families foster those skills in their daily activities
Amy stated recently, “I’m looking forward to the new learning opportunities that Granite Bay Speech will provide so I can make a difference in a child’s life.” We are extremely pleased and excited that Amy has chosen to join the Granite Bay Speech family and know you will enjoy working with her.