Liz Vanderbrouk, MA, CCC-SLP
In addition to her speech and elementary education background, Liz is also a certified English teacher, having earned the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2018. As part of that program, Liz designed and taught lessons for students of all ages and abilities, targeting receptive and expressive skills as well as accurate pronunciation.
Liz's experience includes building speech therapy programs from the ground up for schools that had no prior speech program. This involved developing a "Response to Intervention Program" as well as creating and implementing teacher seminars to help educate staff about speech and language norms and red flags that indicate a need for a speech and language referral.
Liz is a big advocate for collaborating with other professionals. She co-taught a special education classroom with students of various ages and diagnoses (including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability) and introduced a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to help non-verbal children communicate. She has also worked closely with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapists, psychologists and learning support professionals with the goal of the speech and language skills learned in the therapy room carrying over into the child's home and school environment.
It is incredibly important to understand and realize that every child learns in various ways and at different paces; that's why Liz adapts her lessons to each child's specific needs and interests while keeping things positive, engaging, and fun!
Want to know something cool? Prior to moving to Switzerland, Liz began training their Bernese Mountain Dog, Carl, to be a certified Therapy Dog. He loves joining in on sessions whenever the students allow him! Did you know that just petting a dog can decrease blood pressure, increase endorphins, and be the BEST conversation starter?!
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