Ellen Rigg founded Language and Literacy Specialists in order to pursue her passions in very specific areas of the speech-language pathology scope of practice. Ellen is passionate about helping students with literacy and language-based learning challenges meet their potential through in-depth assessments of the student’s learning profile and targeted, carefully designed interventions designed to maximize opportunities for success and student engagement. She is dedicated to helping parents learn about their child’s needs. Ellen enjoys building children’s confidence in their abilities and thus promoting greater enjoyment of the learning process, as she believes these skills are critically important to life far beyond the impact on academics alone.
Ellen graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. She has obtained specialty certifications in acquired brain injury populations as well as Assistive Technology. Prior to founding Language and Literacy Specialists, Ellen worked at the Denver Veterans Affairs Hospital treating adults with a variety of speech-language and cognitive-communication needs ranging from individuals with mild-traumatic brain injuries, head and neck cancer, voice disorders, executive functioning deficits following acquired brain injuries, language impairments following a stroke, as well as other cognitive-communication disorders. Ellen has extensive experience with the use of technology to support communication (i.e. Alternative Augmentative Communication devices) as well as cognitive-communication needs including technologies to support memory, academic skills, comprehension of written material, written expression of ideas, organization, and time management.
Ellen has long had an interest in the neurological basis of reading and language-based learning disorders and differences. Her passion to work with children who are struggling to learn and their families is further fueled by the fact that there is a vast research base documenting how to properly assess and treat these children to improve their skills and ability to access curriculum and learn successfully. Unfortunately, children and their families often go long periods of time without the supports they need to promote successful learning and lose valuable opportunities for earlier and more effective interventions. She strives to remove barriers to diagnosis and effective treatments so that children can reach their maximum potential.
When Ellen is not working, you can find her spending time with her toddler, Avery Jean (age 16 months), in the yoga studio, or at a coffee shop. She enjoys spending time with her friends, playing volleyball, and going on “easy” hikes.