In the very beginning, I was destined for a career in speech-language pathology before I had a clue what this field was about. In my early years, my brother and I were inseparable. Unfortunately, he presented with a speech delay between the ages of 2-3 years old. My parents were usually frustrated with his "baby talk" at that age and would rely on me for translation with this mysterious language he would passionately express. I had this magic ability to somehow always know what he wanted to say. This continued for a short while until he was evaluated and treated by a speech-language therapist.
However, it would be years to come before I decide to take that first leap into learning about this profession. Initially, I majored in biology at Long Island University and I enjoyed my classes. Though, I couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing. To shake up my routine, I decided to take a voice and diction class and found it wonderfully refreshing! I shared my experience with my mother who worked as an educator, and she suggested that I explore a career as a speech-language therapist. It seemed only natural to take the next step which was observing a therapy session. I was instantly hooked! I made the decision at that point to pursue a career in this field. I love the fact that you can combine the clinical aspect of improving communication disorders with fun and creative activities to help children. Besides, I'm a kid at heart after all!
This major decision impacted me for years to come as I gained valuable experience working with children in the early intervention program (birth-3 years old), preschool (ages 3-4), and the school aged level (grades K-12). I have even had the pleasure of helping college students who struggled with written language skills and reading comprehension overcome their challenges for academic success. I'm currently servicing students at the middle school level. I love this age group because they are learning independence and starting to take accountability for their education. While working with middle school students, I fulfilled the role of DASA (Dignity for All Students Act) Coordinator and Peer Mediation Advisor. It's been equally rewarding for me to help children practice advocating for themselves and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
I've always been inspired to help people and start my own business. However, on September 6th, 2020 my brother and best friend passed away reminding me that life is too short. Although I miss him dearly, this event in my life was the final spark of motivation I needed to create my online business Nicole's Speech & Language Consultations, LLC.
The aim of Nicole's Speech & Language Consultations, LLC is to educate and empower parents to help reinforce improved speech and language skills with their child. The goal for you as the parent is to learn strategies taught during email consults, share the good news with family, friends, and any other professionals working with your child to help your child grow towards mastering their goals (learn, share, grow). You are your child's first and most influential teacher! By taking advantage of the educational resources, consultations, featured products, and workshops provided, you can use the tools shared and the knowledge gained to proactively advocate for your child and promote his/her success.
Nicole Charles holds a Master of Arts in communication sciences and disorders from Long Island University. She is also a certified Teacher of children with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSLD). She is a New York state licensed and ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) certified speech-language pathologist. She has been working in the field of school based speech-language pathology for over 15 years.
She has worked with children of all ages from birth-21 years. She aims to provide indirect therapy services through private email consultations and educate the public on various topics regarding speech/language skills and strategies. In her spare time, she enjoys hobbies such as painting, sewing, cooking, and baking.
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