Successful speech and language therapy is a combination of science, art, caregiver education, aspiration, and collaboration.  
 
  • Science: A good therapist has to have the right education, area of scientific expertise, and be up to speed on the most recent research and best practices. 
  • Art:  To be a good therapist you must be creative, especially in pediatrics.  In order for therapy to be successful, children have to be willing participants.    
  • Caregiver and parent education: This is one of the most important elements of therapy.  Parents know their children better than any clinician, and play the most important role in generalizing new skills. 
  • Aspirations:  In good speech and language therapy, you must consider more than just the shortcomings.  You have to consider who the child or adult is as an individual, aside from the difficulties they face.  You have to assume that he or she can make improvements beyond any obvious obstacles.  You have to remember that with the right program, learning is possible.   
  • Collaboration:  Most children and individuals with special needs have a variety of teachers, therapists, and caregivers working with them.  Therapy is most effective when communication strategies are the same in all environments, regardless of who is working with the child or individual.  

I believe that all individuals have the right to functional communication, no matter what lay before them.  I believe that functional communication is a complex process that is different for each individual.  I believe that behavior and communication are often related, and when treating individuals with complex needs you often can't treat one without the other. It is my goal to consistently include science, art, education, aspiration, and collaboration in my consulting, aiming to help children and adults become the most functional communicators possible.