"In order to develop normally, a child requires progressively more complex joint activity with one or more adults who have an irrational emotional relationship with the child. Somebody’s got to be crazy about that kid. That’s number one. First, last and always.”
Urie Bronfenbrenner, Developmental Psychologist
Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a DIRFloortime® Training Leader and Expert Provider. She is an adjunct professor for Granite State College and has a special interest in the social emotional development of young children and its impact on their speech and language skills. As a speech-language pathologist, Joleen works with children who have a variety of communication disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, and Selective Mutism. She partnered with Easter Seals NH in 2006 to begin an assessment and treatment clinic specifically for children with Selective Mutism. This clinic has now expanded to her office in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.