Alicia received her Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2008 and after a short stint in geriatrics, found her therapy home working as an outpatient pediatric speech-language pathologist. She loves the ability to work one on one with the kids and also the consistent and open communication with the families. Alicia believes wholeheartedly that a collaborative approach is necessary to help kids progress to their best learning potential.
Alicia began working at Kid Talk in 2012 and has grown in her passion for helping children and teens learn about and work through social learning challenges using the work of Michelle Garcia Winner and the world of Social Thinking. During her career, Alicia has had the opportunity to attend a variety of continuing education courses related to helping children develop the foundational skills needed to read people, situations, and to modify their behavior accordingly to keep everyone feeling good about the interaction.
Another area of passion and knowledge for Alicia is language and literacy. Alicia is part of the Cognitive Language + Literacy Assessment team at Kid Talk. She really enjoys analyzing all the information gathered from the assessment process to determine strengths, areas of difficulty, and create a therapeutic pathway to help a child progress with their reading. Vocabulary development, written and verbal expression, story comprehension, and narrative language are some of her favorite areas of therapy and she is always trying to find a creative or engaging way to connect with the children to keep them motivated.
- 2018 Master Class: Advanced Implementation of Executive Function Interventions
- 2018: The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies
- 2016: Complementary Angles: Using Collaborative and Proactive Solutions in Tandem with Social Thinking
- 2016: Problem Solving with Kids! Combining Collaborative and Proactive Solutions with Social Thinking to Teach Everyone New Skills
- 2016: Master Class Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts through Hands – on Activities
- 2016: Dyslexia, ADHD and Executive Functions: Improve Literacy/Learning in Children
- 2016: High-Functioning Autism: Proven and Practical Interventions
- 2015: Selective Mutism: Identification and Early Management
- 2015: Social Thinking Providers Conference
- 2014: Teaching Language Skills for “Face-to-Face” Conversations
- 2014: Strategies: PreK-12 Mod-Severe Reading + Language Deficits
- 2013: Frontal and Lateral “S”
- 2012: Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LIPS)
- 2011: Introduction to PROMPT Technique
- 2011: Level 1: A Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral-Motor Therapy
- Autism and the SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach (2007)
Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders: TheSequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Therapy (2010)
A Three Part Treatment Plan for OralPlacement Therapy (2011)
Introduction to PROMPT Technique (2011)
LIPS: Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (2013)