Ayesha Ganges, MA, CCC/SLP is a Pennsylvania-licensed and ASHA-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
Born in Scotland and raised in the Midwestern United States, I came to the East Coast in 1991 when I attended Bryn Mawr College. After obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bryn Mawr in 1995, I went on to work with children with autism for several years as a Therapeutic Staff Support (TSS), then as a behavioral consultant. I received my behavioral training through several different companies, including Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center and Douglass Outreach in Rutgers, NJ.
I received my Master's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing from Temple University in 2004, where I was voted to receive NSSLHA Honors as a promising clinician by my colleagues.
Professional Work Experience
I completed my speech and language clinical fellowship training in 2004-2005 with Theraplay, a pediatric outpatient clinic located in West Chester, Horsham, and Drexel Hill, PA, gaining valuable skills as an early practicing clinician.
I spent the next 8 years working for A Total Approach, in Glen Mills, PA; evaluating and treating a variety of speech and language disorders in the pediatric population, with a strong focus on a team approach; and receiving valuable training in DIR/floortime and sensory integration from skilled occupational therapists. One of my mentors, the very well-known and successful occupational therapist, Maude le Roux, helped shape my ideas and philosophies in working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Yearning for a more individual approach to intervention and child-centered treatment of children with autism and developmental delays, I attended several workshops and trainings to study the DIR®/Floortime™ approach from 2001 to 2005 and subsequently attended the week long summer institute in Virginia for three summers. I became a floortime therapist for several children on the Autism Spectrum and their families and then began my DIR journey at A Total Approach. My mentorship included DIR training and mentorship with Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC/SLP; Maude le Roux, OTR; and Jeannetta Burpee, OTR.
I have had many years of experience working privately and in the school setting with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and am PROMPT Level II trained. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sue Caspari, MA, CCC/SLP of Swarthmore, PA, in five-week summer intensive treatment programs for children with CAS over the past several summers. I also work as part of the team at The Focus Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to provided services to children and families with X and Y chromosomal variations- http://thefocusfoundation.org/.
I have received further continuing education coursework and training in the following areas: treatment and diagnosis of CAS; augmentative and alternative communication (AAC); sensory integration and motor planning; emotional processing; accent reduction; nonverbal language; melodic intonation therapy; delivering therapy in the classroom; Michelle Garcia Winner’s social thinking; Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.