Story Teaching, LLC
Provide Social Cognitive and Speech and Language therapy services
Teens and Young Adults with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger Syndrome, Speech and Language Disorder (SLD), Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder (SPCD)
Individual therapy and small social competency groups
Get to Know:
I am a 20+ year veteran Speech-Language Pathologist and Social-Cognitive Therapist.
I spent twelve years working at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Stanford teaching hospital, with adults and children with brain injuries and other neurological disorders. I also worked as a speech pathologist at The National Brain Injury Unit for the U.S. Military in Palo Alto and Menlo Park, California. In addition, I spent seven years working in public and non-public schools with students on the Autism Spectrum as well as with language-based communication challenges.
My philosophy is that every person has strengths and weaknesses. The best way to facilitate a person’s growth is to increase his awareness of those strengths and weaknesses and then build effective strategies.
We are in an age where to pursue a goal we need to be able to see the whole picture and its parts, sequence, prioritize, organize, problem solve, and communicate effectively. At this point in my career, I have a large integrated set of tools that address:
- Social Competency Skills including, but not limited to, Friendship and Conversational Skills
- Literacy and Language
- Non-Verbal Communication (facial expression, tone of voice, proxemics)
- Whole-Part Processing and Organization/Executive Functioning
- Emotional Self-Regulation
- Auditory Processing and Comprehension
My specialties are Social Thinking and Language and Literacy. Language and Literacy are connected because narrative language skills (the ability to tell a well-organized story) are highly predictive and affect reading comprehension and written expression. I marry language and literacy therapy with social thinking concepts because one needs social smarts to interpret information (whether that information is something you hear, see, or read). Also, one needs social smarts to communicate more effectively.
I work closely with parents, as well as with educators, to assure that my services support academic and social needs.
I love what I do because improved social competency skills positively impact a client’s overall quality of well-being.
- Michigan State University, MA- Speech Language Pathology
- The University of Michigan, BS- Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology
ASHA license #:01114201
CA license #SP 20159
UT license #6801200-4102
For more information, please contact me at 510-798-3056 or firstname.lastname@example.org