Michelle is passionate about taking a whole child approach to education and works closely within an interdisciplinary team to support both children and their families. She has been working with children for over a decade with a focus on independent learning within Montessori environments. Through her experience, Michelle has learned to engage a child’s intrinsic motivation to inspire communication while remaining flexible to a child’s changing needs.
Experienced in leading group social skills instruction, Michelle utilizes the Social Thinking Curriculum and helps students translate learned social skills to real-life scenarios. She is a strong advocate of utilizing visual supports to expand a child’s language development including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Thinking Maps and augmentative and alternative communication apps such as Proloquo2go. She is also experienced in treatment of articulation disorders and childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) utilizing the Dynamic Temporal & Tactile Cueing (DTTC) method.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Queensland, Australia as well as a SLPA certification from Pasadena City College. She is currently licensed to practice in the state of California. Additionally, Michelle holds an Educational Specialist Award from PCC and Certificate of Recognition from the California state senate and state assembly.