Amanda Binns is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated with a Masters Degree from the State University at Buffalo, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She began her career working in a private practice, seeing a wide range of clients in schools, hospitals, and in-home settings. Amanda worked at the Milton & Ethel Harris research Initiative from 2006 – 2013 and was part of the multidisciplinary team who collaborated on the DIR-based treatment efficacy study published in the international peer-reviewed journals Autism and JADD. She supported the role out of the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative and worked as a Self-Regulation Consultant under the direction of Dr. Stuart Shanker at TMC, The MEHRIT Centre.
Her current clinical practice includes working with children and families using a combination of trans-disciplinary parent coaching, reflective parent meetings, and direct therapy. She also provides ongoing professional support to teachers, designing classroom curriculum and individualizing programs for students.
Amanda is a certified Expert DIR Speech Language Pathologist and has been a Training Leader in the ICDL DIR certificate program since 2010. She is currently a PhD Candidate at Western University and is adjunct faculty at Fielding Graduate University.
She has developed training curriculum and presented to professionals locally, across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on a variety of topics including: DIR principles and practice, supporting communication development, the importance of play and interaction for young children, self-regulation, and coaching/supporting parents to become part of the therapeutic process. Audiences have included parents, clinicians, teachers, early childhood educators, medical professionals, and government officials.
At Speech & Language Matters we use a developmental therapeutic approach guided by language development research and the DIR/Floortime Model. We examine each client’s individual differences and consider the impact those differences have on the child’s ability to communicate, relate and learn. Our intervention programs are designed to be unique to each client and programs are adapted and changed as our clients develop. We use a play based approach to therapy and capitalize on the child’s interests to support communication, speech and language development during natural interactions. Parents are considered to be an integral part of the therapeutic process and we maintain a strong commitment to supporting and collaborating with parents.