Michelle is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 12 years of experience spanning clinical therapy as well as supervisory and mentorship roles. Helping children build their speech and language skills has long been a passion for Michelle since she worked with refugee children in ESL classrooms in upstate NY as an undergraduate in 1998. Michelle feels fortunate to continue this passion and to be able to do what she loves everyday!
Prior to relocating to Denver, Michelle supervised 30 speech therapists across 11 New York City public schools as part of New York University’s ASD Nest Support Project. Nest created inclusion classrooms in nearly 50 NYC public schools for students with ASD. Michelle supported the speech therapists in her 11 schools so that they understood the social language needs of their students and how to implement effective, research-based therapy to improve their social communication and friendship skills.
Before her work with Nest, Michelle provided therapy to students with language-learning and social-emotional disorders in an independent therapeutic school in Manhattan called the Parkside School. Michelle’s work included strong collaboration with teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, and families in order to provide the most individualized and holistic speech-language and social therapy for her students.
Prior to Parkside School, Michelle practiced speech pathology for nearly two years at the Tree House School in London, UK. While at Tree House, an ABA school for children on the autism spectrum, Michelle gained extensive experience in augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) therapy and technology, and created the school’s staff training and implementation of social-pragmatic therapy.
Prior to London, and after earning her M.S. in speech pathology, Michelle honed her work with children experiencing a variety of speech-language difficulties as a therapist at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. In this clinical setting, Michelle served children with feeding disorders, learning disabilities, social-emotional disorders, apraxia of speech, stuttering, articulation/phonological disorders, cerebral palsy, autism and a variety of other developmental delays and syndromes. She also ran social groups and co-treated with her OT and psychology colleagues.
While a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Michelle studied and trained with Pamela Crooke, the partner of Social Thinking’s Michelle Garcia-Winner and author of Social Detectives. Michelle ran social groups in an Autism clinic founded by Ms. Crooke and the University of Arizona. In addition to her work with children on the spectrum, graduate school also laid the groundwork for Michelle as a general practitioner in speech pathology, treating children and teens with a wide variety of speech-language challenges.
Michelle holds a M.S. in speech language-therapy from the University of Arizona and has been a member of ASHA since 2006. She is trained in PROMPT, SCERTS, PECS, Social Thinking, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, The Hochman Writing Method, and Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS). Michelle has helped children aged 0-18 with a wide range of needs and is honored to be able to help yours here at Abound Children’s Therapy!
Michelle is loving life in Denver with her two young children and husband. She is happy to have her concrete jungle days behind her and can’t get enough of the sunny mountain lifestyle.