Tyler specializes in the assessment and treatment of infants, toddlers, & school-age children who have diverse needs in communication, language, and speech. He believes in relationship-based approaches that embrace individual differences to help children relate, communicate, and think in complex ways. At his core, Tyler is a developmentalist, working with children and families to hone their strengths and adapt to challenges. As a speech-language pathologist, Tyler’s mission is to help children create meaning around their lives and share that meaning in the context of healthy, attuned relationships.
Currently, the bulk of his clinical practice focuses on using the DIR® Floortime model with children and families impacted by a range of neurodevelopmental differences. Tyler embraces transdisciplinary models and has a breadth of experience working with other disciplines. His therapeutic style is heavily informed by body-based work and the field of mental health. Additionally, Tyler has years of experience implementing meaning-based approaches to literacy, story telling, and narrative thinking. He uses a whole-language perspective to increase foundational capacities for reading and writing and often speaks to parents and educators about the pitfalls of phonics-based reading programs. In addition to his clinical work, Tyler is LEEP’s director of clinical education. In this role he provides coaching, training, and supervision for our staff.
In 2016, Tyler completed a two year training to become a DIR®/Floortime Fellow through the Profectum Academy where he deepened his understanding of child development and was mentored by DIR® experts. Tyler is also a certified Interactive Metronome provider with specialized training in pediatrics. And he is currently enrolled in a post-graduate certificate program in Infant Mental Health through the Erikson Institute in Chicago.
Tyler is a native of Acadiana, the southwestern region of Louisiana. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Chicago, working with clay, and volunteering with local and national affiliates of The Trevor Project.