Hi there. I am a licensed speech-language therapist, though I prefer the term communication specialist currently working in the public school system full-time. As a therapist, I have worked at all age levels. Being in the school district means that I am certified by NJ State Department of Education, with criminal background check completed. I also maintain a professional license through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
I do absolutely love to teach and help students. Working one-on-one is especially rewarding. I combine competence with compassion to get an individual where they need to be, whether it's a minor boost in a single area, or a major shift in approach. For me, nothing is more rewarding than helping people learn, and I bring a playful spirit my tutoring, which is designed to help building confidence, tamp down fear and recovery any joy that has been lost through frustration and a sense of being overwhelmed by a subject or assignment.
My areas of specialty are speech and language. This covers a wide range of individual of skill areas, including grammar, vocabulary, social communication, fluency and voice.
With regard to speech, I'm specially trained to help students who have tongue thrust swallows and lingering difficulty with the speech sounds r, l, and s. (This particular area is called oro-facial myology and I am working toward certification with the International Association of Oro-Facial Myology).
My experience in a regular education environment has equipped me with the knowledge and experience working with students to improve their reading and writing. Please read what I have written about these two areas in here at the Wyzant website.
A couple of additional areas of expertise: my first career was in acting, so I love incorporating performance techniques and creative arts therapy whenever possible. I should add that it's also a pleasure to help a budding actor find and prepare a great audition monologues
I should mention that voice improvement, public speaking and self-presentation skills are three other areas that I have extensive background in. I worked a number of years teaching public speaking at the college level while working toward my second masters. I loved it! when it comes to working in this area, I am sensitive and kind while also being spirited, fun and motivating.
I live in Highland Park with my two daughters, 9 and 14, and my dog Maggie.
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