Maria received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her master’s degree from the University of Oregon. During her graduate program, she received an early intervention training grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Maria is also a graduate of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) program through Oregon Health & Science University, where she received specialized training in providing interdisciplinary care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Maria has experience working in hospitals, early intervention, and schools. She is passionate about providing family-centered care and enjoys coaching families to facilitate their child’s language development. Maria is especially interested in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and in working with beginning communicators. She has attended training sessions for Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exploring, skiing, and playing tennis.