"TAP Into Early Intervention"
I have had the experience of being with First Steps as a Service Coordinator since 2000. My background is in education, teaching special education at the elementary level for 9 years prior to starting with First Steps. I have experience with children with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, sensory integration, behavioral concerns, prematurity complications and language delays. I have attended a training on Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System (AEPS), which is the assessment tool used on many of the children for eligibility with First Steps. I also have experience and training with children with speech and language delays. Having been with First Steps for 10 years, I understand the team approach and collaboration needed for each individual child. I do have 5 children of my own, 2 of which received First Steps services. I currently serve all of Tippecanoe County.
I received my BS in early childhood education with exceptional needs from Purdue in 2009. I have worked with children for over 15 years in many settings. My most recent experiences include a mixed age preschool and I was the lead teacher in an infant/ toddler childcare. My experiences also include a variety of diagnosed disabilities such as; cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, and Down’s syndrome. I have three children of my own and all three have special needs. I am also the director of operations for Voyageur Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, which is a youth group that reenacts 18th century music in the Midwest.
My granddaughter lives with me and has developmental delays in several areas. I have also worked with Down Syndrome, DiGeorge Syndrome, respiratory disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, visual and hearing impaired, seizure disorders. I am familiar with sensorimotor issues, infant massage, communication boards, prone standers, and support braces. I have been trained in the use of nebulizers, CPAP, BiPAP, O2 saturation monitors, feeding pumps, and G-tubes. I am comfortable with premature babies and children with extreme behaviors. I try to be attentive to the unique needs of each family.
I have multiple years of experience with children, including being a mother. I have been working with children through First Steps since 2007. I served as a member of the Evaluation Team which has given me valuable insight into reading the AEPS scores and creating activities to assist in improving areas in need. Prior to working with First Steps I taught special education for 7 years. I have experience with children with autism, Down Syndrome, sensory integration, behavior concerns, prematurity, gross motor delays, and language delays. I have dedicated my career to helping families think of creative solutions to many of life's parenting struggles. It is important to me to provide you with the resources you need to help you meet your child’s potential. I have worked extensively on behavior management using strategies that produce results in the child's home. I love working with children and look forward to working with your child and your family.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Audiology. I have taken several courses in Early Childhood Education. I believe in a holistic approach in working with children. I have had a variety of experience with children with developmental delays and disabilities. I use basic sign language with children who acquire more assistance with learning verbal language. I work in a variety of settings, home, clinic, daycare, or natural environment. I consult with other therapists to enhance my knowledge of working with children and their families. I believe it is important to work with the parents as well as the child. I encourage families to help their child to do the best of his or her ability.
DT for children's Developmental Center, licensed home daycare (owned & operated)& Daycare Center( asst. Director & teacher) serving children w/many different disabilities, teacher/parent of child with LD/ADD, Independent DT since 98. Training: Conferences on failure to thrive, eating disorders, sensory process, language, behavior, nutrition, child abuse, drug addiction, typical/atypical dev., learning through play,age appropriate activities,autism. fine/gross motor activities. Comfortable: Served children w/autism, Downs Syndrome, CP, Developmental Delay, at risk, preemies(triplets/twins), failure to trive, eating disorders, Angelman Syndrome, ACC, Cleft, speech delays, hpotonic muscle tone, drug addicted babies. Have had success teaching Spanish speaking children to speak English. Do know a "little Spanish".
I feel very qualified working with behavioral, social-emotional, and cognitive (how we think and figure things out) concerns. This includes cognitive concerns that overlap with language issues. I understand Spanish quite well and can have conversations in Spanish. I can use basic sign language for common actions, requests, and familiar objects. I really enjoy working with families to find the best ways of helping their children develop. I enjoy researching for new ideas. During my time with First Steps I have worked with children with autism, attention deficits, sensory issues, hyperactivity, Down Syndrome, and various communication and cognitive issues. My experiences include: pre-school teaching, working in a cooperative for toddlers, working at a residential treatment center for adolescents, providing child-care for infants through school age children, mothering my own children, and co-authoring a 4H project manual on child development.
As a mother of three, I understand the joys and challenges of parenthood. I have been working with children diagnosed with developmental delays for almost 20 years and I have been part of the First Steps system since 2004. I am currently working on my Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Autism. In addition to my experience and interest working with chidlren with autism and PDD spectrum disorders, I have additional experience with delays involving (but not limited to): speech/language, fragile X, down syndrome, cerebal palsy, sensory integration disorder, etc. I have extensive experience and research support involving behavior modification involving applied behavior principles. I believe families are the most valuable asset in a child's life and I strive to work cooperatively with parents/families to best suit the needs of their child(ren). I look forward to working towards goals with families and implementing activities within the home setting which produce positive outcomes.
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Teresa "Nicole" Fairchild
As a recent graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology, I am new to the field, but learning quickly. In a variety of settings, I have been working as a speech assistant with school-age children and younger with problems ranging from fluency to childhood apraxia of speech to articulation and phonological disorders. I believe that adaptability and creativity are key when working with children and their families and I try to implement both in therapy.
I am a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. I have experience working with a variety of diagnoses, including the following, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, sensory processing dysfunction, cognitive impairments, and oppositional defiance disorder. The majority of my OT experience has been in a school setting, which has given me insight to better address school readiness and the transition to school-based services. I believe that it is important to maintain a truely collaborative approach to ensure that therapy is both effective and fun. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have experience working with a variety of diagnoses, including the following: prematurity, autism, CP, MD, developmental delay, seizure disorder, sensory integration, feeding difficulty, and severe physical/mental disability. Areas of continuing education have included feeding disorders, sensory integration, dyspraxia(motor control difficulty), and manual therapies. I love the opportunity to work with children and their families in their home environment. Communication is very important, so a visit note with suggestions for activities to enrich the therapy process will be left for the family/caregiver between visits. I also have experience working with preschool and elementary children in the school system. This knowledge will enable me to better address school readiness throughout the developmental process.
I am a graduate from the USI with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. Working with children is a true passion of mine. I have experience working with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delay, prematurity, autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, ADD, ADHD, chromosomal disorders, and orthopedic impairments. I have recieved further training in sensory integration and feeding therapy. I believe in collaborating with other disciplines and being open-minded and creative with therapy in order to meet the needs of a child and his/her family. Please feel free to call me to discuss your concerns about your child. I look forward to hearing from you!
I am a graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree. I developed a passion for working with children from my prior work experiences and my pediatric fieldwork rotation. I have experience working with children who have a variety of diagnoses, and I believe in a collaborative approach between disciplines. It is important to me that I am creative in my sessions in order to keep therapy fun while working towards achieving goals.
I have 13 years of experience as a physical therapist, seven of which entirely in pediatrics. I have a variety of experiences in working with children who have cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, orthopedic limitations, sensory integration diffulties, and those children with general gross motor delays. I also have two children of my own so I have a good understanding of parent's needs and try to regularly provide ideas for home activities. Additionally, I work in the school system 2 days per week, so I have a good understanding of school based physical therapy, which can help in the transition from First Steps at age three. I have a strong interest in aquatic therapy and try to schedule occasional visits at local pools to utilize the water as an adjunct to other therapeutic activities.
Lilly Hua Li
I have worked in a clinic with in which we have a pediatric dept. besides treating kids, we often did treatment with other therapist, such as occupational therapist and speech therapist to achieve goals in effective ways. Training: 1. Certified CPR. 2. Extensive NDT seminars. 3. Motor control and Sensory integration. 4. varied joints and spinal disorders. 5. PNF training. Comfortable: I am comfortable in treating kids with Cerebral Palsy, sensory integration dysfunction, and other neurological conditions. Also I am comfortable in orthopedic disorders in both congenial and injured conditions. I am the mother of two daughters. My kids age ranged from 2 to 5 y.o. One of my daughters has been diagnosed with high funtioning Autism. My first hand experiences with this developmental disability has completely changed my life and given me the special connections to all my first steps parents and kids.
I have over 18 years of experience as a pediatric physical therapy assistant (ages 0-21), primarily in the clinic & in school settings. Though 0-3 age range experience is more limited, my experience in the preschool setting does allow me to aid in facilitation of the transition out of First Steps into school-based needs. I have experience in various diagnoses, including but not limited to gross motor delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, autism spectrum, sensory dysfunction & various neurological & chromosomal conditions. Experience also includes fitting/adjustment of wheelchairs, seating, & a variety of other adaptive equipment. I am a mother of two & feel strongly that therapists & families should work closely together to maximize their child's potential.
I graduated from the doctorate program at University of Indianapolis in 2005. I have experience with patients with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, Torticollis, prematurity, Spina Bifida, Autism, PDD, and Downs syndrome. I am CPR certified and have attended a variety of continuing education courses including courses regarding infant treatment strategies, wheelchairs and adaptive equipment, and pediatric myofascial release. I work with families to create home programs that fit into the families' schedules. I have a Spanish minor, and I participated in a research study about healthcare professionals' role in helping parents with children with physical disabilities.
I completed an advanced Master's Degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2007. I have worked with children with many different diagnoses, including developmental delays, prematurity, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, autism, and various other congenital anomalies and diagnoses. I work directly with the child and family to help create an environment with open communication, where the best possible care is provided. I also work directly with the family and try to help them achieve personal and therapy goals, as well as, strive to fit therapeutic activities within the family's lifestyle. I am committed to maintaining open communication with families and other health care professionals to improve a child's care. I am CPR certified, and I have attended various continuing education courses.
I am a recent graduate of The University of Toledo’s doctorate program in Physical Therapy. My undergraduate degree is in Kinesiotherapy, which utilizes an approach to therapy that is specific to exercise and movement. I have a minor in Psychology that allows me to take a step back from the science and really look at the family unit as a whole. I have experience with patients with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: developmental delay, torticollis, muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, spina bifida, and prematurity. I have been CPR certified for 14 years. I believe in evidence-based practice, however, I carefully consider each child’s individual situation and tolerance to my treatment approach and make adjustments as needed.
I am skilled in evaluation and treatment of mild delays in gross motor skills as well as diagnoses of cerebral palsy, myopathies, and genetic disorders. I also have experience with development of the premature infant as well as typical gross motor development. I recently received a pediatric specialty certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. I am skilled in the fabrication of orthotics and other lower extremity splinting/casting.
Expertise: I've had the opportunity to treat children with many diagnoses (ie prematurity, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hypotonia, spina bifida, torticollis.) I have special training and expertise working with infants and toddlers. Through continuing education, professional associations, and literature review, I keep pace with the expanding volume of science relevant to pediatric PT. Philosophy: Effective therapy requires a team effort, and the parents are the most important members of the team! My job is both to teach families ways to help their children and to provide specialized treatment. Choosing the right therapist for your family is important. Feel free to call if I might be of some assistance. To better serve the families I work with, I do not travel to all parts of the listed counties and zip codes. My service area includes Battle Ground, Brookston, Chalmers, Delphi, Monticello (S of Norway Rd), and Reynolds.
Each family situation is carefully considered when providing a therapy program for a child. I have worked with lots of different children, some who have been diagnosed with a specific condition, some without. Please call my office if you have a particular question or concern. I like to use a developemtnal sequence in my approach to treatment but I also combine other current theories together whenever appropriate. I have been to numerous continuing education courses that revolve around pediatrics. I also consider carefully the child's own tolerance to my treatment approach. I am also the mother of a child who has been through the First Steps process.
As a specialist of speech-language pathology in the birth to three year old population, I am an advocate of the total communication approach. Communication is more than simply the words spoken out of our mouths, and therefore we must explore each individual child's strengths and challenges to give them the support they need to express themselves. Such support may include words, picture symbols, gestures/signs, and/or augmentative and alternative communcation tools, depending on the child and his/her environments. Though I am an independent therapist, I continue to work closely with developemental and occupational therapists to collaborate services across therapies. I have experience with a variety of special populations, including: autism specturm disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, submucosal cleft, hearing loss, traumatic brain injury, stuttering, apraxia of speech, fetal alcohol syndrome, vocal fold paralysis, sensory processing concerns, and feeding/swallowing disorders.
I earned my Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Purdue University. I also hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I have worked with children and teens with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and a variety of speech/language impairments. I also have experience with using alternative communication systems with students who are nonverbal or minimally verbal. The children I work with inspire me daily with their laughter and determination.
I have 25 years experience as a teacher and social worker with special needs children in early childhood settings, including private and public preschools, Headstart, and kindergarten through third grade public schools. I have worked with children with autism, Down Syndrome, PDD, cerebral palsy, language delay, and childhood apraxia, among other disabilities. My trainings include classes and workshops in behavioral challenges, alternative and augmentative communication, picture exchange communication system (PECS), and Every Move Counts and the Active Learning Curriculum for children with severe and profound handicaps. I recently completed master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Ball State University, as well as an internship at Jasper County Hospital which included working with First Steps families. I enjoy working families to enable optimal communication skills with their children.
I graduated with a Masters of Science from the University of Kentucky and have my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). I am currently licensed to practice in Kentucky and Indiana. I have experience working with children with a variety of disorders such as Autism, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, speech and language disorders, and swallowing and feeding issues. I also have experience using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Proloquo2go, and Easy Mac switches. I love that I get to work with children and families to improve communication!
I hold a Master’s degree in speech language pathology from Indiana State University. I also hold myCertificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I have worked with children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and various speech and language disorders. My goal is to help improve children’s overall communication skills through play, while targeting individualized therapy goals. I enjoy working with children and their families and understand the unique needs and dynamics of each family.
I have a Master's in Speech Pathology from Purdue University. Before changing careers to speech pathology, I taught middle school English for 4 years. I believe in using child-centered, family-focused play therapy to address each family's individual needs. Using a variety of play therapy techniques, collaboration with other colleagues, and parent education, together we can meet the special speech and language needs of your child. One of my goals is to make therapy fun, while still being productive. I have worked with children with a variety of disorders including speech-language delays, autism, swallowing and feeding issues, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, oral motor concerns, and traumatic brain injury.
I find working with children and families very rewarding and strongly believe in the benefits of early intervention. My goals in therapy are to learn the needs of the child and the family, and to work together to provide therapy that makes the child successful and the family comfortable.
Sarah Beth Webster
I graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. I currently hold license for speech-language pathologist in Illinois and Indiana, as well as, a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I have practiced as a pediatric speech-language therapist working with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, neurological disorders, and various speech-language disorders. I strive to improve the quality of life for children I treat by increasing their communication skills through fun activities targeting individualized speech-language goals.