Linda is a licensed speech and language pathologist with a Masters of Arts degree in Speech Communications and Speech Disorders from California State University at Northridge. She runs a private practice in Culver City and has been on the faculty of Park Century School for children with learning disabilities for over 12 years.
She specializes in working with children and adults who have language challenges, both receptive and expressive, as well as challenges in social communication, writing, and cognition. Her clientele includes but is not limited to children and adults with learning challenges, ADHD, and on the Autism Spectrum. She is also available to those who do not have a diagnosis but feel uncomfortable with their use of language, academically and/or socially.
Recognizing that language challenges often cannot be separated out from challenges in attention, anxiety, executive function, writing, and social cognition, she addresses these areas as needed. Mindfulness and brain and cognitive thinking research frequently inform her work.
Her commitment to helping children and adults function better in school, in the workplace, and in the social arena has resulted in children and adults leading happier and more productive lives.
Linda believes that attention to social communication is essential for a sense of well being. The better we communicate, the better we connect, and the happier we are.
In today’s rapidly changing world of huge demands on our attention and energy, connecting easily, innately thinking socially, and using language effectively are more important than ever. In addition, our technology and social media often divert our social communication away from face-to-face interaction. But like any other method of communication in order to grow it needs to be fed. It needs regular feedings of attention, practice, and awareness – given frequently and consistently.
Linda believes that even the most effective communicators grow in their ability to communicate through a lifetime of practice; however, for those of us who do not innately know how to communicate socially, social communication needs to be built from the ground up.
In her practice, Linda sees students become more calm, more confident, more independent, and more successful. Through learning about social communication, they learn effective and helpful ways to communicate socially that enhance their lives and promote human well-being.
She keeps current by attending conferences yearly. Some include ones presented by the HELP Group, the Educational Therapist Association, Social Thinking ®, Learning and the Brain, and the International Dyslexia Association.
A few of the practioners who influence her work are Michell Garcia Winner (Social Thinking ® and the I–Laugh Model), Carol Grey (Social Stories), Kari Buron and Mitzi Curtis (5 Point Scale), Leah Kuypers (Zones of Regulation), Ellyn Lucas Arwood (Visual Language), Ross Greene (The Explosive Child), Dan Siegel (Mindsight), Sandra Bond Chapmanc (Center for Brain Health), and Carol Dweck (Mindset).
More detailed information about the population she serves can be found on SERVICES.
Licenses and Certificates
California State License
California Board of Education License
Social Thinking ® Internship Certificate
UCLA PEERS Certificate for teaching students on the Spectrum and with learning challenges.