Helmi is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She discovered the profession thanks to working as an in-home support to a child with autism spectrum disorder. By meeting that child’s teacher, she became a teacher’s aide at a middle school, working with students with learning and emotional disabilities. There she met the school’s SLP who encouraged her to study the field. Helmi gained her bachelor’s in communication sciences and disorders and master’s in speech-language pathology at UNH. During her graduate studies, she was a recipient of a Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MCH-LEND) grant. She evaluated children at the UNH clinic and traveled to Washington, DC with fellow students to advocate for research in autism.
Helmi has worked in the in-patient and out-patient departments of rehabilitation hospitals, assisting adults recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. She has also worked with adults in assisted living facilities and skilled nursing facilities, providing therapy for aphasia, dementia, and swallowing difficulties. Helmi has worked in early intervention, treating children with apraxia, receptive, and expressive language delays in a clinic and in their homes. While working at a charter school with the K-8 age group, she treated articulation, social skills, language skills, fluency, and auditory processing disorders. What Helmi enjoys most is the interaction with her clients and seeing their happiness in their success.
Outside of work, Helmi enjoys time with friends and family, dog sitting, running, hiking, yoga, dance, figure skating, live music, reading mysteries, trying restaurants and travel. One child she helped with reading long ago is now an adult and has become a life long email@example.com