Trudi Norman-Murch, PhD, CCC-SLP

Credentials: Director, Services for Children with Disabilities, Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development

Dr. Trudi Norman-Murch is Director of Services for Children with Disabilities at Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development a community-based human service agency serving young children and families in the Greater Phoenix area. In this capacity she supervises a staff of 95 professionals including speech/language pathologists, early childhood special educators, early interventionists, occupational therapists, nurses, and assistive technology specialists.

Department programs include disability services to more than 50 Southwest Human Development Head Start classrooms; Early Intervention services to 450 families in Maricopa County; the NICP Community Nursing Follow-Up Program; Child Development/Disabilities Consultation to agency Healthy Families, Early Head Start, and mental health programs; and the Assistive Technology Training and Resource Center which provides training and technical assistance to school districts across Arizona. Each of these programs includes a screening, assessment, intervention planning, direct service delivery, consultation, and transition planning component.

The Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development Infant-Toddler Feeding Program offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services to all young children and families with feeding difficulties who are enrolled in agency programs (Early Intervention, NICP Community Nursing Follow-Up, Healthy Families, Early Head Start, and the Good Fit Center – infant mental health). Dr. Norman-Murch has a special interest in development of the infrastructure which will support coordinated care, a family-centered serviced delivery system, early diagnosis, and a process by which assessment and treatment are understood to be on-going and reciprocal processes.

Dr. Norman-Murch has had extensive experience in designing and delivering training programs to Head Start personnel, school district teams, early intervention programs, and state and national speech/language pathology associations in the areas of inclusion, early intervention program design, reflective supervision, and the Integrated Therapy Model. She is actively involved in numerous community collaboration projects with local hospitals, medical providers, parent advocacy groups, and Arizona State University.