About the Therapist
Teresa, B.A., SLP-A
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (pending)
Teresa is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant at More Than Speech. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology by holding a state license in Florida. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Nova Southeastern University, where she is working towards her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology. Teresa additionally has completed specialty training courses to become a certified Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) with a specialization in early intervention treatment in the birth-3 years population.
Teresa has worked with various ages and communication disorders, and found her passion working with children. She has gained experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private practices, daycares, and homes. She has had the opportunity to work providing interventions to a wide range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, social communication disorder, language delays/disorders, children with hearing loss, articulation/phonological disorders, childhood Apraxia of Speech, and more. Teresa also has extensive experience working with children birth to three-years of age.
She is trained in TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy (OPT), which targets specific movements needed for speech and feeding. This approach uses auditory stimulation, visual stimulation and tactile stimulation to the mouth to improve speech clarity to apply a unique, hierarchical approach. She is also experienced with the foundation of PROMPT© techniques, which is a multidimensional tactile-kinesthetic approach to improving speech clarity. She has training in basic American sign language, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) system, and high-tech augmentative alternative communication devices to bridge the communication gap with the children she treats.
Throughout her undergraduate experience, she dedicated numerous hours with special needs children, working as a daycare teacher and as a summer camp counselor for several years. She participated in volunteer opportunities at the Academic Center of Excellence (ACE), as well as private practice settings throughout Central Florida, where she facilitated speech therapy sessions, classroom activities, and educational tasks.
Her goal is to make sessions engaging and purposeful for both the child and the parents. She strives to create a fun learning environment in her sessions to enhance social interactions, promote independence, and cultivate a love of learning. She believes that playing is learning and that through reaching a high level of engagement will motivate each child to reach their fullest potential!