Joleen R. Fernald, MS, CCC-SLP, is currently a PhD student studying infant mental health and developmental disabilities. She was awarded Board Specialty Recognition in Child Language from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Joleen follows Greenspan and Wieder’s model, DIRFloortime® , when working with children and families. She 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. She partnered with Easter Seals NH in 2006 to begin an assessment and treatment clinic specifically for children with selective mutism. She is now recreating that same successful clinic in Florida with her colleague Dana Johnson, MS OTR/L. Joleen enjoys public speaking and has presented nationally on the topics of childhood apraxia of speech and selective mutism.
Joleen utilizes the DIRFloortime Model® in assessing and treating children with Selective Mutism. This comprehensive and holistic perspective considers the multiple comorbidities commonly associated with Selective Mutism including the social emotional challenges, individual differences such as speech and language, motor, and sensory processing challenges, as well as relationships with others besides caregivers.
Personally, Joleen is a past president and board member of SMA. She and her husband enjoy traveling with their two daughters, the eldest of whom has overcome SM.
Joleen R. Fernald Pediatric Therapy Services, PLLC
1816 Healthcare Drive
Trinity, FL 34655
(Serving children and families in the Tampa Bay area)
And in Dover, New Hampshire 03820
Joleen R. Fernald, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
NH License (0756) / FL License (SA 12821)