Vanessa Power graduated from Florida State University with a B. S. in Communication Disorders, a minor in American Sign Language and an M. S. in Speech-Language Pathology.
She is a Florida certified teacher and spent several years working in Title 1 schools in Hillsborough County. Vanessa’s experience in the schools has given her special insight into the daily requirements placed on students and therefore is better able to assist families with Individual Education Plans, school based clinicians, and school programs. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach and recognizes the benefits of working closely with psychologists, teachers, and other therapists. Vanessa has experience in a variety of areas of speech-language and hearing disorders such as Articulation, Language, Developmental Apraxia, English Language Learners, Reading, Auditory Processing, and Developmental Delays. She has a special interest in the Deaf and hard of hearing community and enjoys integrating American Sign Language with early language learners and non-verbal children. Vanessa recognizes the need for therapy to carry over into other settings and is committed to addressing the practical needs of parents and teachers. She enjoys servicing a wide variety of disorders within the pediatric population and integrating a child’s special interests and talents in therapy to achieve their speech and language goals.
Vanessa feels amazingly blessed to often times be the first witness of a child’s language development. She also considers it an honor to have the opportunity to share in a family’s joy as developmental milestones are met. Her extra time is spent crafting, reading, and homeschooling her four children. She also looks forward to her weekly date night with her husband. As a volunteer, she educates at-risk pregnant women and assists them through the labor process as a Doula.
Fun Facts About Vanessa:
What is your favorite food?
Cakes, specifically cupcakes!
What is your favorite holiday and why?
January 1st! I love New Year’s Day because I love the idea of a fresh start, setting goals, and organizing.
What is a cool hobby of yours?
I love to read. I have a goal of 36 books in 2019 since I’m turning 36 years old this year.
Favorite Halloween costume you wore as a child?
I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween as a child, but one time my mom made me a fairy costume and took me to a work party. I felt super special.
What did you want to be “when you grow up”?
A mom 😊
Why did you become a therapist?
Because I fell in love with the Deaf community in college and learned sign language. During this season my younger cousin Daniel was diagnosed with Autism. After realizing I could combine those two interests into a career the stars aligned and I never looked back.
What’s the funniest thing one of your kids has said to you or done during therapy?
I pulled my hair back before therapy (I have big curly hair) and one of my friends walked in the room and said, “your head shrunk!”
Give me one surprising/cool fact about you?
I am a doula and I help pregnant mothers in labor.
What pets do you have and what are their names?
I have four children. No pets! Although my kids beg for one constantly, I am sure one day!!
What is your favorite movie and why?
It’s a toss up between the Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. I know all the lines to both and my girls and I have seen them a millions times together.
Anything from my friend Stephanie Staples
Anne of Green Gables. I want to be like “Anne w/an ‘e’” when I grow up!!