DepartmentCommunication Sciences and Disorders
Biola AffiliationsEmployee, Faculty

Documents

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Exceptional Student Education, Northcentral University
  • M.A., Communication Disorders, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., Communication Disorders, Biola University

Biography

After earning a B.A. from Biola and an M.A. from California State University, Fullerton in Communication Disorders, Tonya started her career working as a speech-language pathologist in a public school early intervention program. Her work included assessment and treatment of young children from a variety of ethnic and socio backgrounds with various communication disorders including phonological delays, apraxia of speech, autism, and language delays. After working for twelve years as a speech-language pathologist, Tonya came to Biola and began teaching in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. She holds a PhD in Exceptional Student Education from Northcentral University. Her research interests include the provision of speech and language services via telepractice, treatment and assessment of pediatric phonological disorders, clinical education, and international speech-language pathology.


Publications

  • Similarities and Differences Between In-Person and Telepractice Speech-Sound Assessment Results (2014) SAGE Publishing
  • Is This Cute of a Speech Delay? (2011) Christian Home and School Magazine.

Presentations

Professional Trainings and Presentations

  • “Supervisor Behaviors at a Variety of Developmental Levels.” American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. November, 2012.
  • “Helping Children with Language Processing Disorders in the Classroom.” Association of Christian Schools International Conference, November, 2011.
  • “Knowing the Difference Between Normal Speech Development and a Speech Delay.” ASCI Early Educator’s Conference, Long Beach. May, 2011.
  • “Supervisor Behaviors for Effective Supervision.”. California Speech and Hearing Association Convention. March, 2011.
  • “When to Refer a Child to a Speech Pathologist”. Association of Christian School International Convention, Anaheim, November 2008.
  • “Language Development in Preschool Activities”. Plaza de la Raza Headstart Teacher Training, May, 2007.
  • “Preventing Inappropriate Behaviors in the Preschool Classroom”. Santa Fe Springs Child Development Program, Santa Fe Springs, CA.
    • Part 1: Preventing Misbehavior January, 2007.
    • Part 2: Goals of Misbehavior February, 2007.
    • Part 3: Positive Discipline March, 2007.
    • Part 4: Problem Solving for Specific Behaviors April, 2007
  • “Naturalistic vs. Clinical Intervention Strategies: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, March, 2007.
  • “Administering the ADOS in the Assessment of Preschool Child with Autism”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program Summer Conference, June 2006.
  • “Stuttering in the Preschool Child: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, April, 2006.
  • “The Role of Phonemic Awareness in Language Intervention: Training for Preschool Teachers”. Plaza de la Raza Headstart Teacher Training, October 2006.
  • “The Special Education Assessment Process for Preschool Aged Children”. Santa Fe Springs Child Development Program, September, 2005.
  • “Gathering a Language Sample: Training for Bilingual Assistants”. Whittier Area Cooperative Special Education Program, October, 2005.


Community Presentations

  • “Intellectual Disabilities Awareness”. Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Chapel, Biola University, October, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Handling Difficult Behaviors” Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA August, 2008.
  • “Purposeful Parenting: Developing a System of Discipline”. Building Healthy Families Conference, Rosewood Christian Reformed Church, Bellflower, CA July, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Language Disorders
  • Pediatric Speech
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