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Autism Center

The Team at AC-ULM

The primary professionals supporting the AC-ULM include the following:
 

portraitDavid L. Irwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Professor and Program Director, Speech-Language Pathology Program at ULM. Dr. Irwin serves as Director/Speech-Language Pathologist for the Autism Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds a State of Louisiana license as a Speech-Language Pathologist. He is a nationally certified examiner for the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2) and a research-reliable administrator for the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) by the Western Psychological Corporation®. These instruments are often referred to as the “gold standard” for evaluating individuals with ASD and their families. Dr. Irwin served as Director of the SPLP program for 16 years, followed by 8 years at LSU Health Sciences Center at Shreveport. Dr. Irwin served as Director of the Children’s Center and Head for Department of Clinical Services at Louisiana State University Health Sciences in Shreveport. While at LSUHSC-S he established the Autism Collaborative Research Group in conjunction with the Departments of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Pediatrics. He has a long history of obtaining grants from federal, state, and local agencies totaling $1.7 million. He has over 120 professional presentations, publications and books. His primary areas of interest are children with ASD and Social Communication Disorder. He has served as President of Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association and holds Honors of the Association. He may be contacted at irwin@ulm.edu or 318.342.3190.

 

portraitDonna Eichhorn, M.Ed., LOTR, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program at ULM. Ms. Eichhorn is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. She is a Licensed Occupational Therapist by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. She has served as the Lead OT for G.B. Cooley Early Intervention and Preschool Enrichment Program. While at ULM she has served as Interim Department Head of the OT program. She was the Principal of Our Lady of Fatima School in Monroe, LA. She has been a Presenter for the Training Module Portion entitled “Collaborative Planning, Development, and Pilot Implementation of Common Infancy Core for Occupation Therapy Assistant Students”. Ms. Eichhorn has received formal training for the ADOS-2. She may be contacted at eichhorn@ulm.edu 318.342.1610.

 

Patti Calk, OTD, LOTR, is Associate Professor, Program Director for the Master of Occupational Therapy Program, and Associate Director for the School of Health Professions at ULM. Dr. Calk is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and a Licensed Occupational Therapist by the Louisiana State of Medical Examiners. She is certified as a Level I Handwriting Specialist by Handwriting Without Tears®. Dr. Calk is a Provider of The Therapeutic Listening Program® by Advanced Brain Technologies. She has served as an OT for St. Francis Medical Center Acute Pediatric Rehab, ARCO Early Intervention and Morehouse General Hospital Outpatient Clinic. She is Owner/Pediatric Occupational Therapist for Patti-Cake Occupational Therapy, LLC. She has numerous professional presentations at national, state, and local conferences. She has several published and mentored research projects including Sensory Integration and The Listening Program®. She serves on the Advisory Boards for Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana and Volunteers of America of Northeast Louisiana. Dr. Calk has received formal training for the ADOS-2. She may be contacted at calk@ulm.edu 318.342.1610.

 

photo of MikeEmily Mike, OTD, LOTR, Assistant Professor, Master of Occupational Therapy Program at ULM.  Dr. Mike is Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and Registered by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.  She has practiced in a variety of setting and with all populations, at Melanie Massey Physical Therapy, Ouachita Parish School System, St. Francis hospital skilled nursing and rehab units, and home health.  She currently serves birth to three years old through Building Futures Pediatric Therapy. Dr. Mike may be contacted at mike@ulm.edu or 318.342.1614.

 

 

Photo of Ashely ToupsAshley Toups, B.S., is a first year graduate student in the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program at ULM. Ashley has experience with children and will be assisting the AC-ULM Team. 

 
 

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