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While attending Rockhurst University in Kansas City, I met with the director of the Speech Pathology department and knew I had found my calling. After completing my undergraduate studies I went on to receive a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. I also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
I have spent the past 7 years working in school settings ranging from early childhood home visits all the way through high school. My experience includes working with children with communication needs in the areas of receptive and expressive language, fluency, pragmatic (social) language, articulation and phonological needs as well as apraxia of speech. I am trained in Verbal Behavior Therapy, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), and Routines Based Intervention.
I truly enjoy watching children learn and grow and find it so important to include parents and caregivers during the process. As a child’s first teacher, caregivers make the biggest impact and I love collaborating and working as a team. I am so excited to be on this journey with Carnahan Pediatric Therapy and look forward to meeting new children and their families!
I have been a physical therapist for 37 years and worked in Pediatrics exclusively for 36 years. Prior to joining Carnahan Pediatric Therapy, I worked in the Elkhorn Public Schools for 19 years as an employee. I had worked in the Elkhorn Public Schools for 8 years prior to that as a contracted therapist and also had my own private practice, KIDS TherAbility, Inc.
I have served children ages 0 - 21, with a wide variety of physically related needs both in a medically based and in a school based setting. Prior to working for Elkhorn Public Schools I worked at the Munroe Meyer Institute in Omaha for 9 years. While there, I presented and published on several research topics nationally.
I graduated from PT school at age 21 with a Bachelor's degree, which was the terminal PT degree at the time, from University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. I have a Master's degree in Human Development and the Family, Child Development emphasis from UNL. I am NDT Certified in Pediatrics and am an Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the APTA Association.
My areas of interest are premature and very young babies, and children under age 8, as well as helping all kids be more independent through novel adapted equipment.
To pursue my dreams of becoming an occupational therapist, I received my master's degree from the University of Southern California in OT.
Over the past 18 years, I have had the opportunity to provide occupational therapy services in California, Hawaii, and Nebraska in the areas of clinic-based pediatrics, school-based pediatrics, vision therapy, adjunct teaching, and geriatric long-term care. Most recently I enjoyed working with the families and staff at Elkhorn Pubilc Schools, and am now so excited to embark on this adventure of again providing clinic and home-based services to the community.
My vision for Carnahan Pediatric Therapy is much more than providing quality direct services. I would love to see this as a place that brings families together, tackles challenges, provides support for siblings and family members (as I am a sibling that continues to need that support), and celebrates the wonderful talents all
of us have.
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I graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I have my Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
I was drawn to speech language therapy because of my passion for working with children. I also currently work for Elkhorn Public Schools, providing therapy for elementary and middle school students. I have experience working with a variety of communication needs including articulation and phonological disorders, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), apraxia of speech, and fluency disorders. Additionally, I have experience working with children with Autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and hearing loss. I am trained in Verbal Behavior, which promotes the development of verbal skills, flexible responding, and increased skill acquisition. I frequently attend continuing education workshops to better serve the children I work with.
I am passionate about helping children increase their communication skills and providing support to their families. I am so excited to be a part of the team at Carnahan Pediatric Therapy.