State Director - Midlands Office
Upon completion of my graduate studies in Speech – Language Pathology, I worked in the public school system with children 3 through 12 years of age. Although I enjoyed working with these children, I didn’t feel this was truly where I belonged. I then took a position with a private speech therapy provider doing subcontract work. This was definitely an all encompassing job, as my work settings and populations ran the entire spectrum. I worked with adult stroke patients in the hospital inpatient/outpatient facilities, home health and worked with children in the private school setting. The home health setting is where I found the path that had been set out for me. I began working with children who had developmental delays, providing speech therapy in the home and I fell in love. Working with the family and seeing the child in their home environment was the best experience I had ever had. The only problem was that I saw so many needs within the family and felt inept at addressing those needs in my role as a therapist. At the time, I had no idea what an Early Interventionist was. I had never heard the term and had no idea that my future was staring me in the face. I had one family who had an EI with Bright Start, and the EI had contacted me to ask if she could come on a visit with me. This was almost 12 years ago, when the “team” was nonexistent. I agreed for her to come and my world was opened. I began learning more about Early Intervention and finally had my answer of how I could use my skills as a Speech Therapist and also help the family navigate the world of having a child with special needs. Throughout the past 12 years, I have never doubted that I am where I am supposed to be and doing exactly what I have been called to do.
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