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Emily Bratek
Hi! My name is Emily Bratek and I am a first year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology Master's program at FSU. I was drawn into the world of autism spectrum disorder when my little brother was diagnosed at an early age. Seeing his communication improve and his personality grow over the years has fueled my entry into speech pathology. With my own family playing such a huge role in his success, I am honored to be a part of this family-centered program. I am so excited to be involved in all of the opportunities and experiences that the ASSET program has to offer!

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Tatiana Perez
Hello! My name is Tatiana Perez and I am a first year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at Florida State University. I became interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) when my younger cousin was diagnosed at an early age. Since then, I have seen him grow and develop with the help of Speech-Language therapy, occupational therapy and the support of our family and friends. Learning from my cousin the different ways he sees the world, has encouraged me to pursue this career. The ASSET program is the perfect place for me to gain knowledge and experience with individuals on the spectrum. I’m excited and look forward to all the opportunities ASSET has to offer!

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Jessie Rishell
Hi! My name is Jessie Rishell and I am a first year graduate student at FSU in the Speech-Language Pathology program. I became interested in autism spectrum disorder after waiting on a table with a young boy who was on the spectrum. From that meeting, he and I became fast friends. His family welcomed me into their lives and I was given the privilege of being able to see the joys and also struggles that families with a child on the spectrum face. ASSET is the perfect environment to explore and gain knowledge of ASD and I am thankful to be a part of it. I look forward to all that this experience has to hold!

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Lindsay Thompson
Hi! My name is Lindsay Thompson and I am a first year graduate student in the Master’s of Speech-Language Pathology program. Before coming to FSU, I attended Northwestern University where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Bachelor of Arts in Music. My interest in autism spectrum disorders took off during my freshman year when I became involved in an organization (Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education) that provided free music instruction to children with autism. Through this program I was able to interact with amazing students and their families who taught me so much and inspired me to further my education in this part of the field. During my undergrad, I was also involved in research at the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab at Northwestern where I expanded my knowledge of language abilities in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. All of these experiences have led me to the ASSET program and I am excited to work with families in the community and be a part of such a meaningful program.

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Erin Travis
Hi, my name is Erin Travis and I'm a first year graduate student at FSU in Speech-Language Pathology. I received my bachelor's degree at the University of Central Florida in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I became interested in autism while at UCF, where I worked at the UCF Center for Autism & Related Disabilities and their non-profit affiliate, PALS (Providing Autism Links & Supports). While working with CARD and PALS, I piloted and ran several social groups for teenagers on the autism spectrum, created and executed other social programs for adults with ASD, and supported families and their children on the spectrum. I decided to apply to FSU and the ASSET program in order to expand my knowledge of ASD and continue my work with families and individuals on the autism spectrum. I am so honored and excited to be apart of the ASSET program!

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Teresa Viteri
Hello! My name is Teresa Viteri and I’m in my first year of the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program at FSU. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology at Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school in Upstate New York. My brother came here for his undergrad and I am thrilled to be joining the Nole Family! I became interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders after interning at the New England Center for Children (NECC) the summer going into my junior year. During my time at NECC, I was assigned to a group of 14 adolescent boys who were ranked from mild to severe on the spectrum. Of the 14, only 2 were verbal while the rest communicated via Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices. During my experience with these amazing, genuine boys, I learned so much more than I could ever return. I learned that this field of special needs was where my passion lies and where I could make the strongest impact. I’m excited and honored to not only expand my knowledge as an ASSET trainee, but also to meet the amazing families that do such an incredible job raising these children!

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Caitlin Downie
Hi, my name is Caitlin Downie and I'm in my first year of the Speech-Language Pathology Master's program at FSU. I also received my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders at FSU and am thrilled to continue my education as a Florida State Seminole. I became interested in Autism Spectrum Disorders after joining Best Buddies at FSU. Through this experience, I was able to work one-on-one with a peer with Autism and his family. My Buddy's mother loved sharing about her experiences with early intervention and the enormous impact it had on her son's development. Because of her praises, I decided that I wanted to be a part of the amazing team that serves children with Autism and their families. I'm honored to be an ASSET Trainee and look forward to beginning my work in the community.

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Madison Gliem
Hi! My name is Madison Gliem and I am a first year graduate student at FSU in Speech Language Pathology. I am originally from a small town in northern Ohio and came all the way down here for this amazing program! My interests in autism spectrum disorders began when my brother was diagnosed with Asperger's at the age of four. After being exposed to the various professionals working with my brother, I became interested in all autism spectrum disorders started volunteering and working with other individuals on the spectrum. ASSET is the perfect outlet for exploring this passion and I am very excited to be a part of this opportunity!

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Madalyn Hart
Hello, my name is Madalyn Hart and I am a first year graduate student at Florida State University! I became interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) during my undergraduate career as I met families through volunteering as well as working with a little boy diagnosed with ASD for two years.  After being in the classroom with him almost everyday, and getting to know his family and their struggles, I knew working with kids on the spectrum was what I wanted to do with my Master's in Speech-Language Therapy. I'm excited to expand my knowledge as an ASSET Trainee and learn from the experiences I gain here at Florida State.

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Abby Lewis
Hi, my name is Abby Lewis, and I am a first year in the FSU Speech Language Pathology graduate program.  I became interested in autism spectrum disorder my junior year in high school and decided to pursue my Bachelor's degree in psychology in order to learn more about it.  I sought out summer employment and internship opportunities working with children with a variety of special needs, and I found that I had a passion for children with ASD not only on paper, but in reality.  The families I have worked with are some of the strongest, most inspiring people I've ever met, and that is why ASSET's family-centered focus was so influential in my decision to apply.  I am excited to learn ways to provide effective, personal, and family-centered supports and interventions throughout the next year with ASSET!