Meet our Team
Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP/DIR is the owner and founder of Circles of Communication. Amy is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Therapist certified in the DIR/Floortime model. She has over fifteen years of experience working with individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences.
She has experience assessing and treating children and adults with diverse communication challenges in a variety of educational and clinical settings including home-based intervention, preschool, public school and specialized private school programs. She utilizes a developmental, holistic, person-centered approach that spans cognitive, linguistic, sensory, motor, social, and emotional domains.
Rooted in the belief that we need to feel safe, confident, and regulated in order to communicate optimally, Amy regularly incorporates expressive movement, circus play, and mindfulness into her practice to encourage clients to engage, explore, increase capacities, and effectively communicate through meaningful, experienced based activities that improve overall wellbeing.
Amy graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she received her BA in Sociology in addition to New York State Teaching Certification in Elementary and Special Education, and from Kean University where she received her MA in Speech Language Pathology.
She has received extensive training in Natural Language Acquisition, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Viconic Language Methods, and the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). Amy is well versed in trauma-informed care as well as a Grounded Kids Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Educator, and a Holistic Circus Therapy Provider.
Amy is also the co-founder of Inclusion Festival, the nation's first and only music and wellness festival designed to be sensory-friendly and accessible, and the Executive Director for Accessible Festivals, a non-profit dedicated to making music and recreation accessible to all abilities.