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Communication Intervention Team


joey hamlin, director of speech language therapy and aac services

Joey Hamlin is a licensed and certified speech language pathologist who earned her Master’s from San Jose State University and Bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She has received specialized and advanced training in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication and assistive technology (AAC/AT), feeding and swallowing disorders, and bilingual language development. She has experience delivering services to both adult and pediatric populations in clinic, hospital and school settings, and provides mentorship and training to SLP graduate students and clinical fellows. Joey has enjoyed presenting locally on topics related to AAC assessment and implementation, and the use of AAC strategies and AT tools to facilitate language and literacy development for individuals with complex communication needs and cortical visual impairment. Joey joined Avalon in 2011.


andrea song, speech language pathologist

Andrea is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist, who earned her Master’s degree from San Jose State University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Andrea has extensive experience in treating and assessing individuals with complex communication needs within clinical, educational, and community settings. Andrea was a recipient of the Project AACES (Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Educational Settings) Grant at SJSU during which she received comprehensive training in AAC assessments and interventions. She has successfully procured multiple speech-generating devices through various funding sources, including private insurance and California Children's Services. She has also spoken to graduate students at San Francisco State University on AAC/AT (Assistive Technology) related topics. Andrea has also had opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate level students in the field. Andrea joined Avalon in 2014.


michelle markowitz, speech language pathologist

Michelle holds a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. While earning her Master's degree, Michelle participated in the Project CLLASS (Collaborating for Language and Literacy through Augmentative Systems) Grant in which she received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with complex communication needs. As part of this program, she also attended the Building Bridges Camp and Training Institute where she collaborated with other professionals in the field to develop and implement AAC systems for children ages 5-17 years. After graduating, Michelle completed both her student internship and clinical fellowship at The Avalon Academy, and is now a full-time speech-language pathologist providing speech, language, and AAC services to Avalon students. In addition to working with children, she has experience working with adults with complex communication needs in both clinical and community settings. Prior to her time at Avalon, Michelle worked for 4 years at Behavioral Intervention for Autism (BIA) with a variety of children with autism spectrum disorders as an interventionist and case manager. Michelle joined Avalon in 2015.


amy lee, speech language pathologist

Amy is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who earned her Master’s degree from San Jose State University. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s of science degree, magna cum laude, in Human Development. Amy worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis MIND Institute for over a year, gaining experience in assessing school-aged individuals diagnosed with ADHD and/or Autism Spectrum disorder. Throughout her graduate career, Amy successfully completed comprehensive assessments and provided speech therapy for individuals with complex communication needs within clinical, educational, hospital and community settings. She has experience treating individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Amy was also a recipient of the Project AACES (Augmentative and Alternative Communication in Educational Settings) Grant, during which she received extensive training in research-based AAC assessments and interventions. After completing a graduate internship at The Avalon Academy, Amy is thrilled to continue working together with staff members to provide the highest quality services to all students that enter our doors.  Amy joined Avalon in 2017.

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