Linda Jones-Oleson is a Speech-Language Pathologist with extensive clinical and academic experience working with children and adults who have a wide variety of communication challenges.
She earned her master’s degree in science from James Madison University and began her career at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. At the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, she learned American Sign Language through daily interactions with Deaf faculty, staff and students. She continues to use and endorse ASL, in addition to spoken English, for teaching speech and reading to students who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Linda built on her clinical experience at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center as a supervisor in the Head Trauma Unit. There, she provided cognitive therapy to adults and teens with brain injuries. Her interest in the brain and its role in all aspects of learning, communication and social cognition were intensified when her son was diagnosed with autism. The decision to homeschool motivated her study and appreciation of neuroscience in literacy learning.
She went on to teach courses in Autism, Neuroscience and Neurogenic Communication Disorders at James Madison University, always keen to apply knowledge of neuroanatomy and physiology to educational methods.
Later, upon returning to VSDB, she became licensed in See-the-Sound Visual Phonics, a modality that enables students who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing to benefit from phonics instruction using an oral-motor approach. She also conducted research on See-the-Sound Visual Phonics as it applies to Word Study and Corrective Reading. This research was presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Association of School Psychologists national conferences.
From 2011 to 2013, Linda was an adjunct lecturer and clinical supervisor at Gallaudet University, where she applied her phonics-based, motor-speech approach to international, Deaf college students.
Linda Jones-Oleson joined ACES in 2012. She continues to be fascinated and rewarded by helping people understand and improve their communication.