Our Director

Our Director: Michelle McFarlin, MS, CCC/SLP

Director, Speech-Language Pathologist

Michelle McFarlin, MS, CCC-SLP, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Southern Methodist University; and a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas-Callier Center for Communication Disorders.  Mrs. McFarlin is a certified, clinical Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in early childhood language, social communication disorders, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). From undergraduate studies to present, Mrs. McFarlin has over 20 years experience in research and clinical service to young children with speech-language and social communication challenges and their families.

Michelle McFarlin’s Background and Work History:

  • Served as a faculty associate at the UTD-Callier Center for Communication Disorders: provided evaluations and individual speech-language intervention for children with a variety of communication disorders
  • Co-developed the Callier Individualized Descriptive Supplement (CIDS), a qualitative assessment instrument for young children with ASD
  • Served as Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Early CLASS (Communication, Language, and Social Skills), a preschool program that was designed to facilitate social communication and social skills of young children with social communication challenges, and/or high functioning autism.
    • Co-wrote the language and social skills curriculum for the Early CLASS with Dr. Pamela Rollins
  • Presented at numerous professional seminars, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, and the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association Convention.
  • Provided private speech-language therapy and consulting services to families of children with social communication disorders
  • Participated in comprehensive interdisciplinary developmental evaluations for consideration of autism spectrum disorders
  • Co-authored the curriculum portion of Dr. Rollins’ text, Early Communication, Language, and Social Skills: From Theory to Practice, published by Autism and Asperger’s Press in June, 2014.
  • One of three autism experts contracted by  RoboKind as a consultant and curriculum developer for Robots4Autism, a program designed to support social skills development in school-aged children with ASD.
  • Co-produced and co-directed video models for the Robots4Autism curriculum
  • Co-authored the Robots4Autism Facilitator’s Manual
  • Co-creator of a comprehensive set of picture symbols utilized within the Robots4Autism program
  • Served as consultant to multiple state legislatures for best practices on social skills programming for school aged children

Michelle McFarlin lives with her husband and two sons in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas.

Special Projects: Curriculum Writer for Robokind

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