Crystal Downs, M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal was afforded the opportunity to serve children with academic and communication difficulties upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and Masters Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and a Georgia Speech-Language Pathology license. Crystal is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Speech and Language Pathology as well. Crystal has been privileged to assist children with various speech, language, and feeding needs including, but not limited to, ADD & ADHD, Apraxia, Auditory Processing, Autistic Spectrum, Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Cognitive-Linguistic Difficulties, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning, Fluency Disorders, Receptive-Expressive Language Difficulties, and Learning Differences. Crystal has worked within natural environments, school systems, hospitals and clinical settings and is passionate about working with all members of the child’s support team (parents, caregivers, siblings, teachers, etc.) to effectively strengthen a child’s communication and social skills. Since 2010, she has worked within a local private school as Learning Specialist and Academic Support teacher where she is trained to provide instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach and Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing strategies. Crystal is also a certified instructor for the HANEN: It Takes Two To Talk parent training course, and conducts informational seminars at area schools to educate parents and teachers on how to effectively meet the language, learning and communication needs of their children. Crystal has enjoyed being a guest speaker at the 2014 Kids Enabled Resource Fair and was a featured writer in the Kids Enabled Magazine. Crystal's list of recently attended seminars include: Learning and the Brain- Focused, Organized Minds, American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Conference, “DIR-Floortime: An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Model for Special Needs Children,” “Executive Functioning, Helping the Chaotic Child and Adolescent, Sensorimotor Disorders in Children: New Integrative Approaches to Assessment and Intervention”, CHADD-The Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder National Conference, International Adopted Children & Language Issues, and “Teaching All Kinds of Minds”. Crystal is looking forward to initiating a summer camp class, Executive Function 101, where she demystifies and personalizes organizational and planning skills for older elementary and junior high students. When not in the classroom or office, Crystal enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons, photography, cheering on the UNC Tar Heels, and volunteering at her church.