Elizabeth Peterson, Director

Elizabeth Peterson, MA,CCC-SLP
Executive Director, Speech Therapist for Beyond Classroom Walls



Elizabeth Peterson has been a speech therapist for over 20 years. She began her career at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California working on the Traumatic Brain Injury team. She believes spending several years working as a speech therapist in the medical profession has significantly expanded her knowledge on cognitive and medical issues and better positioned her to identify and understand language, behavior and cognition seen in the many diagnoses with the children she treats. Elizabeth is heavily experienced with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder among many others.

In 2010, she co-founded Beyond Classroom Walls because she saw a need in providing skilled, functional programming that centered on social skills, language and life skills for students who have special needs, particularly since the public schools no longer offer support in these areas. Her philosophy is in order to build social skills successfully, it is pivotal that students get direct hands-on coaching on how to use these skills in a small group of matched peers with lessons about real-world activities. Since the opening, Beyond Classroom Walls programming and staff have grown. We are proud to offer a variety of different skilled groups, 3 summer camps and our weekend retreats that are centered on community outings and job skills training, as well as traditional speech therapy.

When she’s not working, she enjoys the Colorado lifestyle. On the weekends she enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and looking for cute prairie dogs. She has a soft spot for animals and Munchkin was our beloved therapy cat. In the near future, Liz would love to have a loveable therapy dog.

Elizabeth is a deeply passionate speech therapist. She has co-authored and authored many therapy programs and speaks nationally to her colleagues on her topics of expertise. Some of her publications include:

Strategies Offer Solutions, (2005). A 2 volume strategy program positioning students to be more successful by using strategies in the areas of speech, language, cognition, socials skills and academic studies.

Functional Learning for the Home and Community, (1997, 2004& 2014 in press.) A functional therapy manual for speech language pathologists and occupational therapists on how to build real life therapeutic programming for the stroke and traumatic brain injury population.

F.A.S.T. Functional Adult Screening Tool, (2004.) A screening tool surrounding real life tasks for assessing the functional levels of language and cognition for stroke and brain injury population.

 

About Me and BCW's Services

At the Dude Ranch

At the Dude Ranch

Elizabeth Peterson National Speaker and Author

Elizabeth Peterson National Speaker and Author

Munchkin our former therapy cat

Munchkin our Former Therapy Cat

Dancing at our 2012 First Year Anniversary Party

Dancing at our 2012 First Year Anniversary Party

Celebrating 5 Years in Business