julie_bell

I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1999 with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. I immediately began working with preschoolers for 2 years in the early intervention setting as well as hospital setting (both in the NICU and outpatient). I have also worked for school districts in Pennsylvania and Delaware, where I gained 16 years of incredible experience with a wide array of children with speech-language disorders in a variety of classroom settings in grades K-8. I love working with children of all ages and have had experience with a variety of diagnoses in the areas of articulation, language, feeding, voice and fluency. My experience also extends to children with Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and autism spectrum disorders.

I took some time off to stay home with my youngest child, then I joined Speech & Occupational Therapy of North Texas in April of 2015 and am thrilled to be working with these children and their families. I provide speech therapy in McKinney.

I was inspired to become a speech-language pathologist by interacting with my cousin who was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss who lip reads extremely proficiently. He is truly an amazing man. In addition, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago which gave me first hand understanding of how families work together to help loved ones with special needs. I treat each child as my own and enjoy making a difference in the lives of children and adults with communication challenges.