This month we’re shining a light on our Speech Language Pathologist Melissa Marinelli Izquierdo. Melissa’s passion and enthusiasm are contagious. Her efforts not only enhance the work that she does with children, but also promote invaluable team building among all ICT members. Below, Melissa shares some of her experiences as an SLP at Integrated Children’s Therapy, where she has been a loyal and vital member of our team for 7 years.

Why did you get into the Speech Therapy field?

I was teaching high school history and ESOL, and decided to pursue my Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders because I wanted to work one-on-one with kids and affect change across the board, not just inside the classroom. I wanted to make a difference in their lives by giving them the tools they need to be the best that they can be. As an SLP, I have been able to impact important foundational language skills and advocate for my clients as they continue to grow and develop into young adults.

What do you appreciate most about your role as an SLP?

I love helping my clients have a voice and helping them develop relationships with their family, friends and self. I especially love that they come in each day with a smile, eager to learn.

What stands out to you about working at ICT?

Being part of a team, which is emphasized at ICT. Working together with clients, parents, teachers and other therapy professionals is what makes working at ICT incredible.

What is an intervention or strategy that you find useful?

I have really enjoyed implementing the PROMPT method as well as Social Thinking. I have found that progress towards therapy goals has been quicker when using these approaches.

What is your top tip for parents?

Have fun! You can never make a mistake when you give it your all! With work, bills, homework, and every day stresses, it’s easy to forget about the important stuff. Take time to play with your kids and become a kid yourself. This can make the most difference in your child’s language and social development.