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Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL


Joleen R. Fernald Pediatric Therapy Services, PLLC


2114 Seven Springs Boulevard, New Port Richey 34655

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Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

Dr. Jo follows Greenspan and Wieder’s model, DIRFloortime® when working with children and families. She is the author of the "Comprehensive Guide to Selective Mutism" and has a special interest in the social-emotional development of young children and its impact on their speech and language skills. She is an expert in the assessment and treatment of Selective Mutism. Dr. Jo is a frequently requested presenter on the topics of Selective Mutism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Neurodiversity. She co-founded a private school called REConnections Education Center in the Tampa Bay area of Florida which supports children with various individual differences.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Language/Learning Disabilities
  • Language Wellness
  • Parent Coaching
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Literacy: Reading/Dyslexia
  • Literacy: Writing/Spelling

Other Areas of Emphasis

Selective Mutism

Ages of Emphasis:

  • Birth to Three
  • Early Education (Ages 3–5)
  • Early Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 6)
  • Middle School/High School (Grades 7–12)
  • Young Adult (Ages 17–22)