Linda K. Murphy, MS, CCC-SLP
RDI® Certified Consultant
Location: 100 Cummings Center, Suite 350G, Beverly, Massachusetts, 01915, United States
Areas Serviced: USA; New England, Boston area
I began my career working with individuals with ASD after I graduated from Boston College in 1993. I moved to Spokane, WA and worked in a group supported employment program for adults with disabilities for one year. I then spent a year working in a residential setting supporting adults with disabilities to live independently. If you have ever read the book by Eileen Garvin called, How to Be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism, you have learned all about Margaret, Eileen’s sister. In Spokane, I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Margaret for these two years, and this was my introduction into this world. My life was changed forever, and my calling was made clear! I moved back home to the Boston area, and pursued my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Emerson College. I loved Emerson and its focus on treating the whole family, not only the individual with a communication challenge. After I graduated from Emerson, I spent eight years working in an Early Intervention program outside of Boston, again continuing to embrace services that were family centered in nature. As time wore on, I realized that I was missing something in my own clinical development and skill set. I could help children learn to talk, and could support them to play with their peers, but so much of it felt prompted and less natural, and I longed to make a bigger difference. A family that I had been working with as a speech language pathologist learned of RDI. I became immersed in the topic with them, and realized this was the missing piece for me.
In 2007 I began my training to become an RDI Consultant, and life has never been the same. I embrace wholeheartedly all that RDI represents and share information with others when I can. As one of the only consultants in Massachusetts, a largely ABA state, for many years, I understand how important it is to spread the message of RDI and educate others on different approaches that develop truly dynamic thinking and dynamic communication. Currently, I have a private practice in Beverly, MA. We provide RDI as well as many other services including speech therapy, social groups, occupational therapy, craniosacral therapy, a summer camp, and professional/parent trainings. I enjoy consulting with families both in person, and remotely. When I am not working, I am kept busy at home with family life. I have two young children, both boys, ages 7 and 9, and it can get crazy at times! In a good way of course. It has been so valuable to me to observe things such as the intersubjective relationship and dynamic communication develop from a parent perspective.
It is my great pleasure to work with families, listen to your stories, and help to bring out the best in your child. I learn so much from every interaction and family that I work with and consider each family a gift. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions or if you would like to explore services with me as your RDI Consultant.