What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?
The advice I would give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for an assessment is to validate that knowledge is power. Signing up for an assessment can only benefit an individual/family by discovering root causes of problems to create a therapy plan. If there are no concerning findings in the assessment, then great! If there are concerns, that's also great! There is a team of experts behind Parallel ready and eager to change a life! I am always an advocate for elevating and promoting a student's abilities and best outcome!
What was your path to becoming a provider?
My path to becoming a provider came from a combined passion in medicine and music. At 13, I fought and beat Stage 4 Lymphoma which taught me invaluable knowledge about the medical world. Years later, music took over my life and I had to give in. I ended up rerouting to chase my dream and pursued opera performance, singing professionally for years after receiving my undergraduate and graduate degrees in opera. Eventually, Covid-19 brought opera to a halt and I discovered speech-language pathology which became the perfect blend of my passions in the medical field and in music. I finished my post-baccalaureate program in Speech-Language Pathology and immediately got my Assistantship license to start my work in the field! My long term goal includes opening my own Voice Clinic for Performers to diagnose and treat individuals that overuse their voice!
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
I am passionate about helping students with learning differences because I believe we have all been in a frustrating place when it comes to learning. As different as our DNA is, our learning needs are different just the same! Whether there is a language barrier from a foreign family, speech impediments that interrupt conversation, or expressive/receptive language disorders, learning differences can appear in many different outlets. Working in therapy can not only bring confidence back but also reassurance that these problems are okay and the student is not alone in their frustrations. The therapists at Parallel are here to make a difference in these students' needs.