- Certified Myofunctional Therapist
- PROMPT Trained Therapist
- Interactive Metronome Certified Therapist
- Achieved Mastery of the Basic DIR®/Floortime™ Model
- 2009-2012 Receiver of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA
- Owner of San Diego Center For Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy
Nicole is the owner of San Diego Center For Speech Therapy & Occupational Therapy, and she has worked in private practice since 2003. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and is also a Certified Orofacial Myologist (COM). Not only is Nicole one of 4 Certified Orofacial Myologists in all of San Diego and one of 16 COMs in all of California, Nicole is one of 2 COMs in all of San Diego that also has a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology (as of 2013). Nicole also worked in the Solana Beach School District as a Speech-Language Pathologist and district assessor for over 6 years. In the Solana Beach School District, Nicole provided speech services for the Preschool Speech and Language Program at the Solana Beach Child Development Center, Skyline Elementary School, Solana Highlands Elementary School, Solana Vista Elementary School, and Solana Santa Fe Elementary School. While working for the Solana Beach School District, Nicole was a master teacher for Speech-Language Pathology interns from San Diego State University and the University of Redlands. Nicole has also been a supervisor for beginning Speech-Language Pathologists in their Clinical Fellowship Year. Furthermore, she was chosen by the administration to present for the entire Solana Beach School District during the Professional Development Days on the topic of Visualization Strategies to Increase Language Comprehension based on the Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Program®.
Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from U.C. San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She achieved a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from San Diego State University where she was selected as The Outstanding Graduate Student for her year of graduation by the department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. Nicole also won the Award for Continuing Education by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association for pursuing an advanced number of professional trainings in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.
Therapy Approach, Trainings, and Specialty Areas
Nicole combines her skills in Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology to provide effective, result-based therapy. She has experience working with children with a variety of disabilities including apraxia, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cru Di Chat Syndrome, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, epileptic aphasia, Fragile X Syndrome, hearing loss, Landau-Kleffner syndrome, stuttering and various learning disabilities and processing disorders. At Solana Highlands School, Nicole reinstated the Lunch Bunch program and developed the Social Stars social skills groups for children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Nicole continues these social programs at San Diego Center For Speech Therapy and has enhanced this group to include social role model peers with the children with social challenges. Nicole’s specialties include working with children with a variety of communication impairments and disabilities, and she has specific interest and expertise in speech articulation/phonology, remediating speech articulation errors on the R sound, working with children on stopping thumb sucking, Orofaccial Myology, behavior modification, stuttering, and working with children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Nicole was the Hospitality Chairperson for the International Association of Orofacial Myology Convention in 2009. Nicole believes in child-centered therapy focusing on functional communication.
Nicole has received education, training, and has furthered her professional growth in the following approaches:
- PROMPT trained therapist for apraxia and motor planning challenges
- Kaufman Apraxia approach
- Interactive Metronome Certified Therapist
- Orofacial Myologist
- Trained in Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing Program®
- Trained in Lindamood-Bell LIPS Program®
- Michelle-Garcia Winner’s Social-Cognitive Development Programs
- Carol Gray’s social programs
- Tony Atwood’s approach to Asperger’s Syndrome
- Achieved mastery of the basic DIR®/Floortime™ approach by Stanley Greenspan
- Trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS)
- Trained in TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children)
- Attended a variety of trainings for working with children who stutter
Nicole has attended countless other trainings for children with speech and language impairments. Nicole received the ACE Award for continuing education for 2009-2012 by the national association for speech-language pathology (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association) for her exceptional pursuance in professional development and trainings.