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While teaching low-income students as a high school English teacher, Cindy realized many of her students were reading well below grade level. This led her to continue her education, and she earned her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University, East Bay. She also earned a Master’s in Education from Mount St. Mary’s University, a Bachelor’s degree in English from CSU Dominguez Hills, and holds a single-subject teaching credential.
She has experience working with children with a variety of speech-language needs, including various craniofacial disorders, sensorineural hearing loss, autism spectrum disorders, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, articulation disorders, and Down Syndrome. Cindy loves working with bilingual (Spanish/English) populations in early intervention and uses a child-led play-based approach to therapy. Cindy is especially passionate about working with children with feeding and swallowing disorders, and her pursuit of continuing education in this area reflects this passion.
Because of her background as an English teacher, she is devoted to promoting literacy in therapy sessions and has research experience focusing on the best ways to implement reading strategies that develop pre-literacy skills during shared-book reading time with preschoolers.
When Cindy is not working, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her dog, Little Foot, and staying active through jiu-jitsu, yoga, and running. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, Natural History museums (to see all the Dinosaur fossils), drinking coffee, and eating pancakes.