Ms Sharpe comes to Ability Learning Center with a great deal of knowledge and experience in early childhood education. She pioneered one of the first preschool language programs in the country with the pilot program Project S.P.E.A.K (special program and educational activities for kids) in the state of New Jersey, and testified before congress as to its effectiveness. During her career she has worked with people who have Down Syndrome, Apraxia, Language Based Disorders, Hearing Impaired, Feeding issues, and a special focus treating clients with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Believing that “every child deserves a voice” she brings a combination of
Intellect and heart to all she serves. Ms Sharpe has received specialized training in the Floor Time Method for Autism, Prompt Therapy (Restructuring Oral Muscular phonetic Targets), Barbara Hodson’s Cycle approach for Therapy, Basic Sign Language, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Pragmatic Language Disorders and AAC systems (Augmentative Alternative Communication). In addition, she specializes in multicultural issues in communication disorders with an emphasis in early childhood literacy. A recurrent theme in her work is shared responsibility for communication and whole child development.
Ms Sharpe is a graduate of New Jersey State College where she obtained her degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and Tennessee State College where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She is a member of ASHA (American Speech Hearing Association) where she obtained her certificate of Certificate of Clinical Competence. She is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia and Michigan.