Maria is a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist who has a passion for working with children with special needs. Since relocating from New York to Las Vegas in 2009, Maria has worked in various settings across the Las Vegas Valley, including CCSD, private practice, and early intervention services. Maria's determination and steadfast desire to ensure the delivery of speech-language therapy is a delightful experience for children and their parents, and has proven to be effective and remains the goal for every child's treatment program.
Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from CUNY/Queens College, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Adelphi University. Maria specializes in children with developmental disabilities, and has continued with her education to advance her therapeutic skills in children with Apraxia, Autism, and Speech and Language Delay. Maria has a solid knowledge base of in both assessment and treatment of: Pediatric Feeding, Oral Motor Dysfunction, Tongue Thrust, Apraxia, Phonological Impairment, Articulation, Receptive and Expressive Language Impairment, Autism, Pragmatic Language and Play Behavior, and Augmentative & Alternative Communication systems. Maria has training in PECS, P.R.O.M.P.T, and Play Therapy, as well as the AEIOU approach to feeding. Maria prides herself on pulling from all sources to provide each child with the most advantageous therapeutic approach, as each child is unique, even though the diagnosis may be the same.
Maria is currently working in Touro University Nevada's Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She enjoys working closely with ABA-trained professionals and working with a team of professionals and families who all have the child's best interest at heart. Maria tapers her therapy around PLAY and Functional Communication with the goal to nourish each child's desire and intent to communicate, no matter the disability.