Joleen Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP

Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP was awarded Board Specialty Recognition in Child Language from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Dr. Fernald follows Greenspan and Wieder’s model, DIRFloortime® , when working with children and families. She has a special interest in the social-emotional development of young children and its impact on their speech and language skills. As a speech-language pathologist, Dr. Fernald works with children who have a variety of communication disorders.

Dr. Fernald’s accomplishments relating to Selective Mutism include:

  • partnering with Easter Seals NH in 2006 to begin the United States’ first multi-disciplinary clinic specifically for assessment and treatment of selective mutism and has recreated the model in the Tampa Bay area of Florida as well.
  • PhD dissertation was a study of 303 children about the co-occurence of SM and sensory processing
  • Fernald’s research and work was published in two webinars for ASHA as well as a book titled “The Source for Selective Mutism”, and another titled, “Overcoming Selective Mutism: The Parent’s Field Guide”.
  • serving as a reviewer for many SM materials and publications
  • Serving as the Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Selective Mutism Association (, the US national non-profit which focuses solely on SM
  • being State Coordinator for NH and now currently with FL for the Selective Mutism Association
  • successfully assessed and supported over 2000 people with SM
  • Additionally, I have a daughter who has overcome SM.

In 2018, Dr. Fernald co-founded REConnections Education Center, a private school that utilizes the DIRFloortime framework as its foundation to support children with individual differences.