As a certified Speech Language Pathologist, I have had an interest in language and communication for a long time. I received my M.A. in 1999 from the University of Iowa and have worked in a variety of settings, including the NICU with newborns, outpatient clinics, and inpatient hospitals and rehab centers. I love working with children and their parents and providing education.
I have been intrigued by American Sign Language (ASL) since an early age. I remember teaching myself the alphabet in ASL during my elementary school years when I received a Sesame Street sign language book. As well, I have also been drawn to babies, and spent the majority of my years growing up volunteering with young children and babysitting.
When my son was born in 2011, I started using sign language with him and was so impressed when he started signing “dog” (by tapping his leg) at 5 1/2 months while scooting after our family pet. No too much longer after that, he consistently would say, “Da,” and pat his leg every time he saw our puppy. He was quite the early talker and I loved seeing him use signing along with his words. When he was a little over a year old, I started teaching baby sign language at a local maternal wellness center, and was amazed to watch the babies grow and begin to sign. Their faces light up when we sing and sign in class, and their parents get so excited when they sign their first word!
I look forward to meeting you and your little one and providing an opportunity for you to bond and grow along with your child as you both learn something new!