Charlotte Ford holds an MS in Speech and Language Pathology from La Salle University, an MFA from the London International School of Performing Arts, and a BA in Theatre from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, she worked as an award-winning theatre artist and teacher, teaching students from the elementary to post-graduate level. Her original work has been produced at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, the London Barbican, and the Paris Festival D’été. Her theatre work has been funded by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, the Wyncote Foundation, the Independence Foundation, and the Leeway Foundation. Honors include 2013 F Otto Haas award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist, “Best of Philly Theatre Talent 2012” Philadelphia Magazine, an Edinburgh Fringe First, and being short-listed for the Total Theatre Award, among others. Her background in theatre and improvisation enables her to design engaging and creative therapy plans, adjust therapy quickly during sessions as needed, and respond to patients with empathy and compassion. Charlotte uses play-based, child-led therapy techniques to treat individuals with diverse clinical profiles, and has treated patients with speech and language disorders resulting from hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, autism spectrum disorders, and apraxia. Her theatrical specialization in nonverbal communication informs her use of evidence-based theatre games to teach social pragmatic skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their beautiful baby girl, Eloise.