Michelle Appelbaum, MS, CCC-SLP
Owner / Speech Language Pathologist
Michelle is the owner and lead speech therapist at Speech and Language Plus, LLC. She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Michelle obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with Cum Laude honors from the University of Central Florida and her Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University. While obtaining her Master's Degree, Michelle worked as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for two year, later becoming a contracted speech therapist at a private practice upon finishing her degree. Michelle worked 7 years as a full time speech pathologist for Broward Schools servicing speech, language, pragmatic, fluency, and voice disorders to pre-school through 5th grade students within the general education population, intellectually disabled special program, and pre-k programs. Currently, Michelle is working as an Assistive Technology Program Specialist for Broward Schools and is running her private practice. Michelle also has treatment and assessment experience as a pediatric and adult speech language pathologist within the rehabilitation hospital setting.
Get to know Michelle a bit more: Michelle always knew, from a very young age, that she wanted a career that would allow her to help young children. She spent a lot of time volunteering at the preschool her mother worked at and it was there she met “H”. “H” was a 3 year old girl who was completely non-verbal. She had difficulty with her behavior and with engaging with her peers, teachers, and her environment. “H” was seen multiple times a week by an amazing speech therapist. This therapist allowed, with parent approval of course, for Michelle to observe and help work with “H”. The speech therapist let Michelle participate in naturalistic play activities and model early sounds and words. Michelle got to see the growth and development of “H” occur. In time with a lot of support, “H” learned to play with instead of alongside her peers and to communicate her basic wants. From there she just kept progressing. Michelle can never thank “H” and her therapist enough for leading her to pursue a career in the field of Speech Language Pathology!
Melissa Rosenthal, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Melissa is a full time Speech- Language Pathologist working for the Broward Country Public School System. She is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Melissa obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Florida and obtained a Master’s in Science Degree at Hunter College in New York. Following graduate school, Melissa worked for the New York City Public School System for two years before moving back to South Florida. For the past 4 years, Melissa has worked with children with expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, Chromosomal disorders, other developmental delays, as well as children who are hard of hearing ranging from Pre-kindergarten to 5th grade.
Get to know Melissa a bit more: Melissa has always had an affinity for young children. It was in high school, though, that she began to think about working with kids that had disabilities. Melissa met one student in particular that was in a special needs program with many speech and language difficulties. This student has severe difficulty socializing with other students and had difficulty expressing herself within the classroom setting. Over the four years that Melissa came to know this student, she watched her grow and reach goals that people didn't think she could accomplish. Melissa was able to witness how speech and language therapy made a difference in someone's life. It was because of this experience that Melissa decided to major in communication sciences and disorders in college. She has loved it ever since and has felt it to be a very rewarding career.
Speech and Language Plus provides pediatric services in the areas of speech therapy, language therapy, and academic support services in the Fort Lauderdale and Broward County areas. The therapists at Speech and Language Plus are highly trained in our field and truly understand the unique needs of our patients and their families. We believe that all of our patients have the ability to learn and progress, but each in their own individual ways. The focus at Speech and Language Plus is on providing individualized speech and language assessment and therapy, and educationally relevant family support services.
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