Meet Miss Anna-Alyse…
In 2012, I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona where I majored in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences and Family Students Human Development. In 2014, I completed my clinical Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
I first became interested about Childhood Apraxia of Speech while working on my undergraduate degree at the UofA. I worked in a research assistant in a lab that focused on the theoretical aspects of CAS and studies focusing on the speech production process in typically developing children, adults, and children with CAS (with and without compounding language deficits). Upon entering graduate school, my interest in the clinical and applied treatment approaches for CAS peaked.
When looking for my final graduate school internship, I was searching for a placement that could give me first-hand experience working with children with CAS. Just as others have described, finding Foundations Developmental House was truly a blessing. When the opportunity came to work directly under Lynn Carahaly and not only learn, but implement the Speech EZ Apraxia program on a daily bases, I could not pass up the opportunity.
Working at FDH has thus far been a journey that has begun to shape my career, as well as help me to find my passion. Working with children with CAS is the most rewarding and challenging experience. I am continually amazed by the work ethic of these young children; who day in and day out put forth their best effort, work through frustration, and diligently practice sounds, sound patterns, and sequences repeatedly.
There are no doubt good days and not as good days when working with these little ones. But how can you blame a young child who just so desperately wants to communicate, but simply cannot. Every session, I feel I learn just as much from my clients as I hope they are learning from me. It is truly an honor to be a part of these childrens’ journey as they strive to find their voice!
Meet Miss Michelle…
After moving to Arizona 5 years ago from Southern California with my husband and son, I began my journey into the Speech and Language field. With a background of over 15 years as an American Sign Language Interpreter and an Early Childhood Educator, I knew that I wanted to enter this field and make a difference in the lives of children who needed my help. I currently hold degrees in American Sign Language, Early Childhood Education, and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant as well as a California Teaching Credential in Child Development. I am enjoying my break from school but in the near future I will be pursuing my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. The best part of my job is that my own children look up to me knowing that I am making a difference and are proud to call me their mom!
Meet Miss Heather…
My name is Heather Baumgartner and I am the founder, owner, and primary therapist at Way to Grow Pediatric Therapy. I graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1995, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Through the years and scope of my practice, I have had a wide range of experience in pediatric OT through home health, clinic based, hospital, and school settings. I specialize in the treatment of pediatrics with emphasis on Sensory Integration therapy, NDT (Neurodevelopmental therapy) and motor learning theories. I have an abundance of experience with childhood development, as I was a SAHM for 10 years while our 4 beautiful, young girls were growing and attending elementary school. That was a true blessing, not only for them, but for me! I feel those years have made me become a better clinician as I can relate to parents on a deeper level-from their struggles to their celebrations! I have also devoted many hours of study and continuing education to keep up with the latest information on SPD research, Autism and pediatric information by attending conferences, completing continuing education course work, and studying independently to be knowledgeable in applying a Sensory Integrative approach to Occupational Therapy based off of Dr. Jean Ayres. I am certified with “Handwriting Without Tears” program, a certified provider for the “Integrated Listening Program” (iLs) and recently became certified as a provider for the S.O.S feeding program (Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Program). I will also be attending an advanced mentorship/training program at the STAR Center (Sensory Treatment And Research) in Colorado, this June 2015,which is a non-profit treatment and research facility run by the nationally and world renowned SPD Foundation and Dr. Lucy Miller.
Words cannot express the pure joy and satisfaction I receive by working with special kids who have special needs! I take pride in working closely with parents and families to educate and inform them on strategies they can incorporate at home, in their daycare settings and at school to help their child grow and prosper in their family life. It is a true honor and privilege to be able to nurture, support and challenge these beautiful human beings into being the best that they can be!