Kirsten Schwarz Olmedo is the Director or Design Therapy of Miami. She was born and raised in Miami, FL and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Florida. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree from Nova Southeastern University where she is currently completing her doctoral degree in education with a major in speech-language pathology. Her current research focuses on the language-literacy connection.
Kirsten has also worked with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 14 years servicing elementary, middle, and high school students. Kirsten is fluent in American Sign Language, serves as a lecturer at the University of Miami within the School of Education and Human Development, and also provides local, state, and national trainings for parents, educational and employment teams, and professionals.
Our Miami Office provides a family-friendly environment allowing parents and support team members to watch therapy first-hand through live video monitoring. Progress DVDs are provided to families and support teams to show current levels of performance as well as progress made in therapy. When parents and family members observe sessions, they too learn the strategies which further enhances the generalization of skills learned in therapy. Within our young adult services, our clinicians work on life skills and helping our young adults to be more independent in everyday life and social settings. As they transition into various employment settings, the team works to provide the frontloading needing for them to have the skillset to be successful. When strokes or brain injuries occur, our team works with the client and extended families, school/employment teams, to provide the much needed support to increase independence. Strategies for overall organization, memory, and recall are integrated into the sessions as well as everyday life.
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