Michelle E. Garcia, MS CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a New Mexico licensed, bilingual (English/ASL), speech-language pathologist with over eight years of specialty clinical experience. She holds a current Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Board Certification in Child Language and Language Disorders (BCS-CL). She is a member of the New Mexico Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NMSHA) and holds a Level III license from the Public Education Department (PED) as well as telepractice certification from the American Telepractice Association (ATA).
Michelle has worked extensively with both pediatric and special needs adult populations. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication disorders and cognitive disabilities. These include working with individuals with hearing loss, challenging behaviors, and special needs children and adults. Michelle has a passion for helping individuals achieve clearer communication and independence in their lives. Michelle received her BA in Psychology and MS in Communication Disorders with an emphasis in pediatrics from Arizona State University. She loves spending time in the great outdoors with her husband and son.
Areas of focus:
·Language development including vocabulary, grammar, appropriate social communication, and cognition
·Listening and spoken language (LSL) skills including aural re/habilitation
·American Sign Language (ASL) development
·Special needs including Down syndrome, Autism spectrum disorders, and individuals who rely on alternative forms of communication (communication devices, ASL, etc.)
·Positive behavior management
Ruthie E. Rutledge, MS CCC-SLP is a New Mexico based speech pathologist and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and then received her master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has previously worked in Texas with pediatrics in the public school setting and was a member of Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). She has had experience with individuals who have Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, hearing loss, language disorders, articulation, challenging behaviors, individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication devices, and other communication difficulties. Ruthie has a heart for helping others grow to reach their full potential by encouraging them to dream big. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, baking desserts, and dancing.