Amy Thrasher, M.A., CCC-SLP – Temple Grandin School

Amy Thrasher, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of CO, Boulder

M.A., Speech-Language Pathology, University of CO, Boulder

B.A., Psychology, Williams College

As clinical faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, Amy’s focus has been early childhood communication development, with a particular interest in social communication and peer interaction. She has developed inclusive group intervention programs for preschool and elementary students on the autism spectrum. Amy and Jen Wilger developed the TGS Perspectives program in 2011. During the summer, Perspectives has been held at KGNU radio in Boulder, providing students with the opportunity to learn about perspective-taking through interviewing a guest on a topic of their choice.

During the school year, Perspectives is provided as a weekly class and co-led with Abbey O’Loughlin and TGS staff. Perspectives provides TGS students with explicit instruction in perspective-taking in order to adaptively use both nonverbal and verbal communication. Under Amy’s supervision, graduate clinicians in speech-language pathology use video replay of student interactions to provide social communication coaching toward each student’s individual Interaction goal.

On a personal note, Amy thrives when she is making art, attempting yoga, rock gardening, laughing, and being with her dog and husband by the creek.