Amy is a licensed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and the owner-director of Cornerstone Speech and Language in South Pasadena, California. She received her B.A. in linguistics and her M.A. in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. Because of her passion for working with young children, Amy completed the specialized early intervention track during graduate school.
Since 1996, Amy has provided play-based assessment and treatment to infants, toddlers, and young children with speech-language disorders, neuro-motor impairments, feeding disorders, learning disabilities, and social communication difficulties.
She has pursued advanced training in oral motor treatment by completing a number of post-graduate courses including the “Bobath Eight-week Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment Course for Children with Cerebral Palsy” and the “Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets” (PROMPT) course. She also is extensively trained in the Developmental Individual-difference Relationship (DIR) based intervention model (formerly known as “Floortime”) for children with autism and other disorders of relating. In addition, she has training in the Social Communication Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support (SCERTS) model and is a certified provider of the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” parent-training program. She also is a certified to use Interactive Metronome.
Amy is a five-time recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (“ACE” award) from the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association.
She has co-authored publications in the Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research as well as the American Journal of Speech – Language Pathology. She has presented on topics about early speech–language development and treatment at local conferences held by the Autism Society of Los Angeles and the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles as well as at the annual national convention of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.
Amy is a member of the Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders, the Neuro-developmental Treatment Association, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She served as a member on the Board of Trustees for The Walden School in Pasadena and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles.
In 2007, she combined her passion for working with children with her love of animals by becoming certified as “facility team” with facility dog, Silvija, from Canine Companions for Independence.