I am an educator, a mentor, a professor, a supervisor, a therapist and a mother. I am passionate about helping children learn how to talk—that moment they realize they can move their articulators to sequence speech sounds and begin getting their point across verbally—is what keeps me in this profession. I love teaching graduate students speech and language development as well as the science behind the art of great speech therapy. There is nothing better than watching a student thrive under my tutelage. I am continuously honored to support moms by giving them a safe space to discuss openly the challenges of raising a child with special needs. I view my career path as more of a life journey and creating these helpful short courses for parents looking to gain more information about the foundation of speech and language development, the identification of speech and language disorders, as well as the mechanics of good speech therapy is where my heart was called to next.
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Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had & dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. – Linda Wooten
The WRiTE BRAiN World—with its’ well designed product line and unique, interactive website, is an all encompassing, amazing program built around the premise that when children are inspired and set up for success, they can bring their imagination to life with creative writing.
When I was approached to help develop this supplement for students with learning differences (and many times difficulties), I was thrilled. How often can we say that we stand behind a product so fully and so wholeheartedly that coming on board in such a rewarding capacity is essentially an honor?
Nicole embodies all the traits of a great coach. She is deeply sensitive and has an innate understanding of people. She comes from a place of intuitive wisdom and is well versed in self-care, wellness and wellbeing. She beautifully applies that wisdom when working with special needs moms and others who are interested in making a difference in their lives. Her approach is both nurturing and grounding. As her teacher, I find her light beautifully inspiring.
My son has worked with Nicole for the past 17 years as his speech language pathologist. She is not only an extremely talented professional, she is a kind, loving and extremely bright young woman. Under her guidance, my son has positively thrived and I have learned so much--both professionaly and personally. Over the years I have referred many, many friends and colleagues to Nicole--even just for a consultation--because her insights and overall impressions are always spot on.
I have worked with Nicole for the past 15 years! She is the consummate professional, and she is dedicated to the parents and children that she serves. I have the utmost regard for her ability to bring real change to the clients she treats. Her view of the whole person and family is central to informing her treatment. Her current work with special needs moms is inspiring. She is making a real difference in people's lives and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with her.
Nicole Kolenda is an excellent therapist, who takes the time to recognize the individuality in each person she works with. She cultivates and maintains excellent communication and support with those she treats, family members, and team members. As a organization leader she is an inspirational mentor and support. She adds positivity and creativity to the workplace, and it was an amazing opportunity getting to work with her.
We were fortunate enough to have Nicole volunteer her time to speak with our members. She is a true leader and advocate in her field and we learned so much from her visit. Her passion for helping children, mothers and families navigate issues of speech and autism is admirable. Nicole is extremely warm and our members were comfortable to ask questions about their personal concerns regarding their children's development. We truly appreciate Nicole's insight and consider her such a valuable resource for our community. Our club looks forward to having Nicole visit us on an annual basis so all our members are able to benefit from her expertise.
"I love how encouraging and inspiring Nicole has been in my professional development. Every decision I’ve made has been supported by her and I am so grateful towards her. A truly whole person who shows real passion and knowledge and is willing and open to share it, Nicole is."
"I love how caring Nicole is about our staff. Everyday I see her, she asks me how I am doing and takes genuine interest in finding out about what I did that day or the day before. She makes me feel welcome and like I matter at Atlas."
"I love how I can always count on Nicole for an upbeat hello in the morning. I also love how she makes the most out of her time with each student, even if its only a min in the hallway. "
I love how genuinely caring Nicole is about the students and STAFF at Atlas. I love how she is always reminding us of the importance and value of our work, and appreciative of it all. Thank you for being an amazing role model and mentor in all aspects of my life
Nicole is both diplomatic and savvy. She listens with full focus and intention and is upfront when other things need to take priority. She shines with talent and a kiss of magic! I love that Nicole’s humanity comes through in everything she says and does.
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