Joanna Bebawi, B.A.
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Ms. Joanna has her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Studies (IAS), of Society, Ethics and Human Behavioral Studies. She has concluded her post-baccalaureate at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) and currently applying for her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant license. She is also on course to be completing her Masters to become a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Ms. Joanna held council as Vice President of CSUF’s, National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) for two terms and was awarded a national honor for her contributions. Under her leadership she raised over $25,000 for various causes, such as: as Parkinson’s Disease, the International Rett’s Syndrome Foundation, B.R.A.I.N (Brain Rehabilitation and Injury Network), the Stroke Awareness Foundation, the Special Olympics, and the Stuttering Foundation of America, as well as funding for the CSUF Speech & Hearing clinics. Ms. Joanna was also an integral part in receiving two grants through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) on behalf of CSUF clinics. Ms. Joanna has hosted CSUF NSSLHA’s first Language and Literacy event for LA Unified School district and Orangewood foster children.
Ms. Joanna has extensive continuing education and completed courses on Early Literacy Development, Pediatric Dysphagia, Dysphagia in the Acute setting, Head and Neck Cancer, Brain Stimulation for Dystonia patients, and Clinical Implications of Neurological Events to name a few. Ms. Joanna is currently being trained in Sara-Rosenfield Johnson’s approach.
Ms. Joanna is also a member of CSHA and ASHA’s Special Interest Group 17 – Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders.
Apart from her employment, Ms. Joanna is engaged in various clinical and outreach endeavors. Ms. Joanna has volunteered over 300 hours with geriatrics, early intervention and patients with head injury. She is a founding member and currently sits on the board of directors for Archangel Michael Medical Clinic, now Santa Verena’s Clinic. Santa Verena’s is a non-profit organization in Santa Ana, which focuses on providing medical services to immigrant communities and those who cannot afford to have health insurance.
Additionally, Ms. Joanna is bilingual, works on-call as an Arabic interpreter assisting with speech evaluations from Regional Center.
Ms. Joanna would like to mention that, “It has been a great honor to serve with outstanding and dedicated leaders who have carried out their responsibilities to promote and impact the vision and services of speech-language pathologist. I am extremely blessed to be carrying out my aspirations with Ms. Dawn who is highly respected as a professional and advocate to our children with special needs.”
In her spare time Ms. Joanna manages to find time to coaching a middle-school volleyball team, read and play chess!