Erika's positive demeanor and encouraging personality provide a fun, play-based atmosphere that keeps children engaged during their speech and language therapy sessions. Erika works alongside parents' values and concerns, to provide the most beneficial therapy program for each individual child that she sees. Erika strives to continually use the most updated strategies and techniques to deliver the most effective speech and language therapy.
Erika has experience working with both geriatric and pediatric populations. Erika has evaluated and provided speech and language services to children ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old in the school setting, as well as in an outpatient clinic. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Developmental Delays, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Language Learning Disability, Fluency disorders, Pragmatic Disorders and Feeding Disorders. Erika has had the opportunity to work alongside and co-treat with physical and occupational therapists within the clinical setting. Erika collaborates with teachers, parents, and other professionals to ensure continuity of care and to encourage growth across communicative environments.
Erika received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida. She received her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Florida. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Her professional interests include Language Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Feeding disorders, and Aphasia.
Additionally, Erika is trained in PROMPT therapy, a motor-speech based therapy approach that utilizes a tactile cueing system for facilitating speech sound production. This method is highly effective with all types of speech sound delays and disorders, and is particularly useful with children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Erika is also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, a family centered program for assessing and treating children with feeding problems. This technique allows for children to explore and learn about food using a hierarchy that works at their comfort level.
Erika currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, yoga, and cooking! She loves traveling and going back to sunny Florida to visit her family.
Erika can be reached via our main phone at 617-969-TALK (8255) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.