Dalma D, MS, CCC-SLP

Kindergarten Speech-Language Pathologist

Blue Bird Day Staff and Dalma

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2019

Education

Masters of Science in Speech Pathology
Illinois State University

Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Illinois State University

Credentials and Certification 

  • Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist 
  • Speech-Language Pathology Praxis Test Certification 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • PROMPT Technique Trained 
  • Credentialed Early Intervention Speech Therapist 

Clinical Expertise

  • Pragmatic and Social Communication Skills 
  • Feeding and Oral Motor Therapy 
  • PROMPT Technique Training 
  • Receptive and Expressive Communication Skills 
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication 
  • Collaboration and Team Assessment/Treatment 

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My Story

I grew up speaking two languages and occasionally struggled with understanding which one was most appropriate to use based on where I was and who I was talking to. The idea of communicating and having to figure out how to understand others who may not speak the same language as me, may not communicate the same way as me, or may not understand me- fascinated me. I immediately became intrigued to continue to study language and communication and work to become a skilled therapist in bridging communication gaps for any type of client or individual. I had a placement in graduate school that led me to fall in love with working in a specialized setting, one-on-one with clients, and really learning about each child individually with a multidisciplinary team approach. I am driven by the knowledge that I can learn more each day from other professionals, clients, and their families. I am determined to continue to better myself as a therapist so that I may provide the best quality therapy and support to clients and their families as possible. I would also say that I have been extremely blessed to work alongside such incredible therapists who are happy to share knowledge and ideas to help me grow! 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. As a professional, I look forward to opportunities to further my education and understanding of language across multiple areas.
  2. I would love to expand my understanding of novel AAC communication system and receive my PECS certification to better assist clients in gaining a voice and ability to communicate independently.   

Testimonials

From my clients:  They (DICC’s team) daily work follow our children in any details, supporting them and trusting minute after minute without never giving up. Then every day we receive an email with the update of all the activities they did during the day. The positive energy of “Yes you can” is also spread by the amazing rest of the team.