Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

05-07-17   Barbara Fontaine on Trauma Related Disorders and PTSD

Barbara Fontaine is a licensed mental health clinician (LMHC) and private practitioner in Fall River, MA. She is a 2006 graduate of the clinical psychology program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and a member of the Psi Chi honor society. She has a specialized interest in trauma related disorders, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma.  Her certifications include Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for treatment of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Reike, and as a certified trainer for Family Development Credentialing (FDC). In 2007 she was honored by the governor, the Children’s Trust fund, and the FDC for her dedication in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and for her efforts to strengthen children and families in Massachusetts. She is a program coordinator for the Treatment Development Corporation (TDC), a member of Recover Fall River- a coalition working to end stigma related to substance use disorders, a member of The Fall River Opioid Task Force, and Project Reconnect- an outreach service provided to individuals and families who have recently suffered an overdose which provides assistance in gaining access to treatment and support services within Fall River and the surrounding communities. She is a long time resident of Dighton, but continues her work in a private practice in Fall River, MA. Pplmhc2010@yahoo.com

What Does Speech Therapy Consist of and Who Can Benefit with Kari Star

04-02-17  What Does Speech Therapy Consist of and Who Can Benefit with Kari Star

Kari Star is a Speech Language Pathologist who practices at SouthCoast ENT, Speech & Swallow Clinic and Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy in Southeastern MA. Kari is well known in the field for providing holistic therapy with compassion & kindness. Kari has been recognized for her leadership & clinical skills by her peers by winning the Presidents Award at SouthCoast Hospital Group. Kari has lectured at the national level for the ALS Association of MA, symposium for patients & caregivers regarding dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), Brain Injury Association of MA, regarding integrative speech, language & cognitive therapy for those with traumatic brain injury , and for Southern New England Rehab Hospital re: functional speech & cognitive therapy for those with Multiple Sclerosis

In 2016 Kari inspired the popular childrens book “Snowball’s Great Adventure” Like Snowball on Facebook Here, using it as a clinical goal to improve word retrieval, memory and overall language function with a young woman diagnosed with Leukodystrophy. Since 2014, Kari has collaborated with Lisa Yauch Cadden of Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy to facilitate community based & supported socialization & memory groups with adults empowering people to connect using the skills they have despite their limitations  or medical diagnosis. This successful program has been accepted by the national committee Aphasia Access, to share outcomes data on its effectiveness in improving socialization, communication and healthy aging.

Kari & Lisa are grateful to Coastline Elderly of M.A. and the Rhode Island Foundations for their supportive grants. To reach Kari: stark@southcoast.org

For additional resources regarding Speech Pathologists, communication, cognitive and or dysphagia, please contact the American Speech Hearing Association ( ASHA) at Asha.org , National Aphasia Association at  naa@aphasia.org, &/or Buzzards Bay Speech Therapy at facebook.com/buzzardsbayspeech

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