Marisa was born an energetically-sensitive child and has always had a fascination with different forms of communication. As a child, she frequently asked her parents questions about Spanish and pretended she knew sign language after she saw Marlee Matlin on Sesame Street.
Studying communication sciences and disorders at the University of Texas at Austin was the perfect fit. There she completed all four courses in American Sign Language and earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist ever since.
It did not take long before she sensed something she could not explain was going on with children diagnosed with autism. Her first thought regarding what might be happening was these children were born with an innate knowledge verbal communication is not necessary. They were communicating in so many different ways, showing a high level of intelligence and established social connections with her.
She was successful in helping children find ways to communicate using traditional speech therapy techniques, be it verbal communication, sign language, writing, use of letters, assistive technology or a combination of different ways. She kept her ideas to herself throughout the years as other professionals she interacted with in the field did not share her perspective.
Her interest in quantum physics was the bridge to finding Awesomism. She had seen What the Bleep Do You Know, starring Marlee Matlin, and her curiosity on the topic never ceased. Years later, after watching another quantum documentary in which Dr. William Tiller was interviewed, she was compelled to look up his Facebook page as he was also interviewed in What the Bleep. There she saw Suzy Miller's picture next to the words, “former pediatric speech-language pathologist.” Clicking the link changed the course of her professional and personal life.
Now, following years of experience as a speech-language pathologist, becoming an Awesomism Core Practitioner and a lifetime of energetic-sensitivity, her intention is to support other professionals make conscious shifts within themselves creating a space of limitless potential and possibility benefiting the professional, the children and their families in new, paradigm shifting ways.
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