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CAR Student Alumni Stories: Meghan DiBello, M.A., CCC-SLP
Meghan DiBello, MA, CCC-SLP joined the Center for Autism Research in 2015, while studying towards her Speech-Language Hearing Sciences Bachelor's degree at Temple University. With guidance from Dr. Julia Parish-Morris, DiBello coded behavioral evaluations to analyze the typical and atypical vocalizations of 6-month and 24-month old babies as part of the Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS). With additional guidance from CHOP collaborator Joseph Donaher, PhD, CCC-SLP, DiBello coded recordings of autism evaluations for disfluencies, with findings suggesting that children with ASD may present with an atypical disfluency pattern. DiBello went on to present her research in 2016 at the International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention.
After graduating from Temple University in 2016, DiBello received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Delaware. She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) specializing in pediatric speech and language disorders at Nemours Children's Health in the outpatient department in Bryn Mawr, PA.
"Now as a practicing SLP, I work with a vast majority of children with ASD. Being able to participate and understand the research behind this population has helped me make connections with my patients, make necessary referrals due to early identification and improve evaluations, specifically with fluency and early language," she said.
DiBello is licensed in Pennsylvania and Delaware and trained in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapy. She has experience evaluating and treating disorders ranging from language to dysphagia and has a special interest in motor speech disorders and augmentative and alternative communication. DiBello is passionate about helping every child find their voice and supporting families along the way.
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Speech-Language Pathologist, Nemours Children's Health