“My biggest achievement is feeling like I have made a genuine difference in a child’s life,” Michael said. In her more than three years of employment for Rainbows, Michael views her job as making families feel like they have more possibilities than limitations in their future.
Michael is a speech language pathologist who works with the families of Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler Services through early intervention therapy services. She is also able to spend time doing research, making materials, and connecting families to additional resources. Michael received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. She continued on to receive a master’s in communication and science disorders from Wichita State University and also has her certification of clinical confidence. Michael recognizes that every behavior is a form of communication, whether good or bad. Her education and experience have taught her to look at communication from a different perspective. Rather than looking at the surface, Michael seeks to understand the desired end result of the child’s behaviors.
It is important to Michael to maintain relationships with families even after they exit their services. Especially after spending a great deal of time in the homes getting to know the families, Michael feels a need to remain connected and informed.
Michael also enjoys cooking and traveling during her free time with her husband Matt, and friends.