UNSPOKEN THOUGHTS, LLC

Working With You

Providing individuals with motor impairments, limited functional speech, and autism the opportunity to access appropriate education while gaining meaningful independence and autonomy.

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BIO

Professional Consulting and Instruction for Students with Special Needs

Whether a student is at a public, private, or home school setting, we assess a student's current ability to learn and demonstrate their understanding. Then, we set incremental goals to increase learning tolerance, ability to purposefully respond, and communication complexity. 

For students with motor impairments, limited functional speech, and autism, we have found that developing the skills for reliable communication provides a way for students to mitigate frustration and helps students distinguish between challenges associated with a special need and challenges associated with being a sibling, son/daughter, or member of the community.​

Since 2013 we have been cultivating students who are successful in the classroom, at home, and in the community because they have the academic foundation, social support, and clear vision of the instructors at Unspoken Thoughts at their disposal. Unspoken Thoughts provides support for families and students to meet their goals through private and group sessions, individual support in classes or programs, student-specific training, and consulting for educational or work programs.

 

SERVICES

1-ON-1 INSTRUCTION

Sessions are scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes in our center or virtually depending on the student. Home sessions can be scheduled for 1 to 3 hours depending on the student, goals, and location.

SMALL GROUPS

These sessions provide students an opportunity to interact and converse about engaging and provoking topics while working on skills appropriate in a small group setting (2 to 6 students). We build groups around curriculum or skill goals. Ask about our current openings, both in our centers and virtually!

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BOOK GROUPS

Each book group meets once a month to discuss the assigned book. We match our students by age, skill, and interest so if we do not have a group already set up for your student we can try to form a new one! We currently have a DC Young Adult Group, a VA Young Adult Group, and a VA Middle School Group. We also are working on a virtual group to include students from different areas!

SUMMER/WINTER CAMPS

We offer multiple camps for students aged 8 through young adult. Each group has a different emphasis including community engagement, higher education, and functional classes.

 

2020 Summer Academy has moved virtual! See our shop for more information and to register!

CO-OP

We lead daily group sessions for local home school students during the school year at our center. Our main program is at a high school level, however, we do have middle school and college level courses available. Our HS aged students are encouraged to obtain internships to gain valuable work experience with the support of our trained job coaches. 


We also lead co-op groups for specific subjects for local home school students and can provide trained and supervised instructors for in-home school programs.

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EDUCATIONAL CONSULTATION

We supervise home school programs and work closely with schools and work placements to coordinate skills and goals for students. 

 

We communicate with specific teachers, administrators, or school staff to provide suggestions to increase independence and expressive language in the academic setting. We also offer in-class support, student-specific training for educators, lesson reviews, video consultation, student advocacy during school meetings, and student support during evaluations and testing.

 

LIFE SKILLS INSTRUCTION

We work to cultivate independence in the home and community, with an emphasis on skills such as cooking, cleaning, transitions, routines, building hobbies, and internships. Your case manager, a UT instructor, will create an individualized plan to address your specific goals. 

 

TEAM

Get to Know Us

SHANNON ZISH

Founder/Director and Instructor, MA Developmental Psychology, RPM Certified (level II)

Shannon is the Founder and Director of Unspoken Thoughts. Shannon earned her M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University and a B.A. in Psychology from Arcadia University. 

Shannon began her career working for a variety of non-profits and therapy centers throughout the Philadelphia and Northern Virginia areas. Certifications and trainings include: RDI, TEACCH, and DIR/Floor time, ABA, and RPM (level II, post-internship certification)

NATALIE MERKI

Instructor, MA Speech Langauge Pathology

Natalie is a senior instructur and has been with Unspoken Thoughts since 2015. She completed her M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology from George Washington University in 2018 and is currently pursing her national license as an SLP. Previously, she received a B.S. in Community Health Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Certifications and training include: RPM (level 1), Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD), and PECS Level I.

EMILY SMITH

Assistant Instructor, BA Psychology, RPM Certified (level I)

Emily has been an Assistant Instructor at Unspoken Thoughts since 2017. She earned her BA in Psychology from George Mason University and is pursuing her MSW and licensure through Catholic University. She has a level I RPM training certification. 

MEREDITH MUNZERT

Assistant Instructor, BA Special Education, RPM Certified (level I)

Meredith has been an Assistant Instructor with Unspoken Thoughts since 2018. She earned her BA in Special Education from Liberty University. She also has a level I RPM training certification. 

TESTIMONIALS

What Our Clients Have to Say

"Unspoken Thoughts gave my son a voice when he needed to communicate. We now have a different relationship with him with the board, and he grows stronger every day with this communication."

"Shannon and her staff are fantastic. Well trained, professional, kind, inspiring and are changing lives daily! So grateful to have found them!"

"Shannon and her team are unquestionably the finest in the region for taking on the challenge of teaching communication skills to children and young adults on the spectrum."

 

CONTACT US

8230 Boone Blvd #347, Vienna, VA 22182, USA

(856) 305-5274

 

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