Valerie earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. During her graduate program, Valerie worked on a research team studying feeding, swallowing, speech, language, and neuroplasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Her interests include speech and language delay, development of social communication skills, memory and attention deficits, and literacy-based language therapy. Throughout her externship experiences in District 70 schools in Libertyville, IL and TIRR Memorial Hermann, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Houston, TX, she gained experience using Social Thinking™ strategies, disorders of consciousness, tracheostomies and ventilators, disorders of swallowing and feeding, and memory and attention deficits. She incorporates families into the treatment process which empowers parents to communicate with their child about feeding skills and strategies.