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Lygia Soares, Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, I sat down with Lygia Soares, Executive Director of Merrimac Heights Academy.

Dr. Soares received her doctorate in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1990. Since then, she has had a wealth of experience as a speech language pathologist and has evaluated and treated children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing impairments in a variety of settings. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and Gordon College and has taught a myriad of undergraduate and graduate courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and supervised clinicians in their practicum. Dr. Soares has vast experience in program development in the field of brain injury and is proud of MHA’s progress since inception in 2013.

The mission of Merrimac Heights Academy is to provide students with essential life skills training and an individualized college and career readiness education using an experiential and project-based learning approach in a nurturing and personalized

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