First Steps Developmental Therapists
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
I began my educational career as a pre-school teacher for St. Mary’s Child Center where I provided intervention for children who were at risk or who had special needs. I then moved to the public school system where I taught second grade for a short while. After that, I served families as a Special Education Teacher for 19 years. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education from the University of Indianapolis. I also have a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Special Education. This experience and training have given me a wide range of knowledge that helps me meet the needs of children with all sorts of exceptionalities including developmental delays, Autism, communication needs, sensory concerns, attachment challenges, behavioral struggles, Downs Syndrome, attention concerns, and others.
I am the mother of a nonverbal child with a chromosome deletion on the 15th chromosome resulting in Angelman Syndrome. My son utilized First Steps services from the age of one until he transitioned to developmental preschool at the age of three. Our journey has given me invaluable experiences with occupational therapy strategies, physical therapy strategies and speech therapy strategies that I love to include in my sessions as a Developmental Therapist.
I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. I have experience with ABA therapy and taught Developmental Preschool for 10 years before moving to First Steps for the schedule flexibility for my own child's outside therapy services. Working with children with delays of any kind is my passion and nothing is more fulfilling than seeing a child master a skill for the first time or watching their parents' excitement as they master new skills. I look forward to meeting your family and providing support and guidance to you and your child as a Developmental Therapist as well as a parent of a child with exceptional needs.
I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. My hobbies include all things crafty. I love the color pink and vanilla iced coffee! Working with kiddos and watching them grow is what brightens my day and keeps me going!
I am originally from Gary IN, where I went on to graduate from Indiana University Bloomington with my Bachelors in Speech and Hearing Science with a concentration in audiology. I have worked with children and adults with diagnoses including: autism, cerebral palsy, sensory processing delays, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, speech delays, fine motor delays, various behavioral disorders, miscellaneous genetic disorders, visual impairments, feeding delays, and other developmental delays. It is not only my job but my goal and main priority to make each session with each child I meet meaningful, outside of the box, creative, and fun in order to assist in their continuing growth, learning and development in multiple environments.