Team Autism Memphis was founded by trained and experienced therapists who advocate a developmental approach. Team Autism works with other clinicians, family, and educators to provide the best possible outcomes. Heidi Hosick Joyce, M.S. CCC-A/SLP is a speech language pathologist with 30 years’ experience in development disabilities. She has specialized in Autism for the last ten years. Nancy Massey, M.A. CCC/SLP has over 30 years’ experience specializing in the treatment of children with Autism, childhood apraxia of speech, language processing disorders, and more. Together Heidi and Nancy, with their varied backgrounds, identified a significant need in the Memphis area to provide a comprehensive approach to improve the lives of children. Through this identified need, Team Autism Memphis was created!
Heidi Hosick Joyce is the co-director of Team Autism Memphis and Founder/CEO of Independent Therapy Network. Heidi is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist with 30 years of clinical experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received her M.S. in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, is certified by ASHA, and is licensed in several states as a speech pathologist and audiologist. Her clinical expertise lies in evaluating and treating individuals with developmental disabilities, Autism, and disorders of relating and communicating. Heidi’s clinical model focuses on the whole child, coaching families and paraprofessionals to maximize carryover of treatment plans. Heidi’s specialty training in AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorder treatments is enhanced with a consistent team approach to meet the client’s needs, recognizing the family as an integral part of that team. Because of Heidi’s extensive experience with individuals with developmental disabilities, she has authored numerous presentations and spoken nationally at Educational, Speech Language Pathology, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Conferences. Heidi is trained in LAMP (AAC), SOS (Feeding strategies), PROMPT, and Beckman Oral Motor Interventions. She is certified in Hanen, Interactive Metronome, and DIR/Floortime through the Profectum Foundation.
Nancy Massey is the co-director of Team Autism Memphis and Owner/Director of Germantown Speech Language & Learning Clinic. She received her M.A. in Speech – Language Pathology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Nancy is certified by the American Speech – Language -Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Tennessee. Nancy has worked in hospital and home health environments, has a lengthy clinical background, and has received many hours of continuing education. She has extensive experience in the areas of Language/Auditory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Nancy also has a strong interest in working with adult voice disorders as well as aphasia and cognitive rehabilitation, and enjoys working with a diverse population of patients including children and adults. She is a PROMPT Certified Clinician and holds Hanen certifications and a professional certificate form the Profectum Academy in DIR/Floortime. Nancy also provides treatment with Interactive Metronome and Cogmed training.
Elise is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She received a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Her clinical experience includes child and adolescent psycho-social therapy, inpatient rehab, and inpatient adult services. Elise’s work settings have included early intervention, school systems, post-acute, and long-term care. Her work with pediatrics covers a variety of diagnosis including a special interest in children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorders and Autism. Elise is a Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) trained therapist and provides feeding therapy intervention.
Courtney is the Team Autism Memphis office manager. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a degree in Paralegal Studies. She manages all non-clinical aspects of Team Autism and is available to provide information regarding payment, insurance, and appointment scheduling.
Mallory joined Team Autism Memphis in June of 2016. In 2012, she received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine with a minor in Spanish from Union University in Jackson, TN. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Mallory has experience working and serving in a variety of settings, including private practice, non-profit clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and public and private schools. Her clinical experience includes providing therapeutic intervention to children with complex communication needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, and augmented alternative communication (AAC); children with speech and language impairments such as articulation, phonological, fluency, and processing disorders; and adults with disorders of voice and cognition, aphasia, and dysphagia.
Effie, who goes by Candy, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has over 21 years of experience in Speech-Language Pathology and dysphagia. She has worked with children & adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, mental health facilities, young adult day care, and long term care in the greater Little Rock area. She and her husband recently relocated to Memphis. Candy holds a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-College of Health Related Professions. She is certified by ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association) and holds licenses to practice in Tennessee & Arkansas. Additionally, she is certified to provide Vital Stim therapy. Candy has worked with adults and children with diagnoses from autism to stroke. She is passionate about helping adults and children to communicate via any means, including AAC, to improve their quality of life. In her spare time, Candy loves to swim laps and visit her grandson.
Jennifer joined Team Autism Memphis in January of 2018. She is a licensed occupational therapist. Jennifer graduated in 1998 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist since then. She has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings, served as an adjunct instructor for UT’s Occupational Therapy program, and has owned a private practice. She has specialty certification in electrical stimulation and thermal agent modalities. She has attended many continuing education courses on a variety of topics including handwriting, sensory processing, interactive metronome, kinesiotaping, and autism/ADHD.
Shelby joined Team Autism Memphis in August 2017 as an office assistant administrator. She is graduated in December 2017 from the University of Memphis with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Shelby will begin her masters in Speech-Language Pathology in August 2018. She will be training with Heidi Hosick Joyce and Nancy Massey in DIR/Floortime.
Holly is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who joined Team Autism Memphis in January 2018. She found her passion for working with kids in High School where she graduated with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. After graduation she completed her training as a Massage Therapist, learning more than she ever imagined about the body and mind and finding a new interest in the neuromuscular connection and kinesiology. Through further research she finally found her calling in Occupational Therapy which would inevitably allow her to return to working in pediatrics while adding her newfound interests in sensory processing. Holly graduated from Tidewater Community College with an AAS in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2007 and received her NBCOT certification. Since then she has worked in multiple settings including skilled nursing facilities, acute care, short term rehab, home health and school setting. Her training over the years included Total Motion Release, Balance for Life, Myofacial Release and Electrical/thermal Modalities. Regardless of setting or training she continues to be drawn back to anything and everything relating to pediatrics, completing further training in Handwriting Without Tears, ALERT and working with children with behavioral/defiance disorders. She remains eager to continue learning more about sensory processing disorders and other pediatric diagnosis while creating strong relationships with her clients and their families.