Shannon has over 12 years of experience working with children with communication disorders. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, she was first introduced to helping children with special needs working as an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist for children on the autism spectrum.
Shannon received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at UC Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. She has clinical experience working in the hospital setting at a comprehensive AAC clinic, at a specialized school for students aged 5-22 with emotional and behavioral challenges, and in public preschool, elementary and middle school settings.
In addition to providing play-based individual therapy in private practice, she loves leading group social language sessions, helping her students to tune into the thoughts and feelings of their peers, cooperate as members of a group and build conversation skills to have meaningful friendships. She works part-time at the Social Thinking! clinic in San Jose providing group and individual therapy to students with social cognition deficits and social anxiety.
Shannon believes in collaborating closely with caregivers, teachers and other health professionals in order to promote generalization of skills and to create developmentally appropriate goals for each child so that he or she can meet their maximum potential. She is a Hanen-certified SLP and has led the “Hanen: More than Words” workshop for parents of children with ASD and the “Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk” workshop for parents of children with language difficulties.
Outside of speech, Shannon enjoys traveling, practicing pilates and seeing live music in the city.