At Team

Communication Intervention Team


dawn ferrer

Dawn is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with nearly 30 years of experience working with children and adults in the San Francisco Bay Area. For the past 18 years Dawn has been in private practice specializing in early intervention, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), social-cognitive learning, and parent coaching. She has presented both nationally and locally on various topics including effective use of mobile technology to enhance communication, techniques empowering parents and caregivers to become communication and social skills facilitators, and early intervention tips and techniques in multiple settings. Her collaborations with physical therapists, occupational therapists, educators, psychologists, behavioral therapists and other gifted speech therapists have given her a well-rounded perspective and breadth of knowledge she uses everyday to serve her beloved clients.


Joey hamlin

Joey is passionate about providing excellent 1:1 speech-language pathology services to individuals of all ages and abilities.  Joey possesses specialized and advanced training in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology (AAC/AT), bilingual language development, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Utilizing a holistic, evidence-based and client-centered approach, Joey strives to systematically plan appropriate intervention that best meets her client’s unique needs. Joey creates a nurturing and creative learning environment, and enjoys supporting her clients as they develop the skills to become confident and successful communicators. Joey is delighted to be a part of the Avalon team, and thankful for the privilege and joy to work with the families and clients that she serves. Joey holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University.


andrea song

Andrea specializes in providing AAC/AT assessments and intervention for individuals with complex communication needs. She also has extensive experience in supporting speech and language development for preschool and school-aged children. She has also worked with children and teens with social-communication challenges and cognitive difficulties. She enjoys finding natural communicative opportunities within creative, highly-motivating, and multi-sensory activities. Her therapeutic style is structured, gentle, yet direct, and she is highly collaborative with families and caregivers. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University.


michelle markowitz

Michelle is dedicated to providing thoughtful and individualized speech, language, and AAC services to children with a variety of communication challenges and disorders. She has extensive experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders from ages 18 months to 10 years old, with a special interest in working with individuals with social-pragmatic communication challenges. She specializes in conducting AAC assessments and providing AAC therapy to individuals with complex communication needs. Michelle is passionate about providing services that will significantly improve the quality of life of her clients and their families and finds it incredibly rewarding to help her clients build self-esteem and confidence through successful communication. Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University.


amy lee

Amy is passionate about creating and implementing treatment plans that are motivating for her clients and meaningful for their families. She has experience in providing speech and language therapy, AAC therapy, and cognitive therapy for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, TBI, MCI, and Aphasia. Amy is dedicated to promoting her clients’ independence, dignity, and self determination by developing meaningful and functional therapy that is evidence-based and client-centered. While she loves the teaching aspect of her job, Amy is eternally grateful for the life lessons that her clients and their families have taught her over the past 4 years. Amy holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from San Jose State University.

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