Nicole has worked at Cedars-Sinai Outpatient Pediatric Therapy Clinic, as well as abroad. She has had the privilege of working with hundreds of children and families in various stages of the therapeutic process. Nicole appreciates the opportunity to educate others and work collaboratively with a variety of professionals. She has lectured at the UCLA Early Childhood Center and to parents and educators within the Los Angeles area. Nicole has received invitations to lecture and train therapists internationally, serve as a delegate of the People to People Citizen Ambassador Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders for foreign countries, and speak on auditory processing disorders on the PBS television show- A Place of Their Own.
Nicole Archambault Besson
EdS, MS, CCC-SLP, CLEC, CIMI
Nicole Archambault Besson brings over a decade of experience to her role as Owner & Director of Minds In Motion. As an ASHA Board Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Nicole has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of children with a wide array of speech, language, and communication needs. Her work and training have spanned a variety of settings including: outpatient rehabilitation clinics, university hospitals, subacute pediatric hospitals, diagnostic clinics, preschools, elementary & middle schools, residential schools, and home-based environments.
Being a life-long learner, Nicole stays abreast of new research and therapeutic programs to aid her clients and their families. She has a wealth of advanced graduate training in a variety of specialty areas. Nicole's clinical areas of expertise include: auditory & language processing, orofacial myology, executive skill function, brain-based learning, metacognitive skill training, autism spectrum disorders, and developmental speech and language disorders in the birth to three-population. With a clinical emphasis in early intervention parent training, Nicole holds various certifications including: Hanen Certified in It Takes Two to Talk, Certified Infant Massage Instructor, and Independent Certified Instructor of Baby Signs®. She is also co-founder of Jump Start Groups - a fun-filled, multi-sensory, research based approach to working with parents and toddlers to help promote speech and language skills.
Nicole is known for her creativity, compassion and innovative solutions in her work with families and children. She believes that all children have the capacity to grow and learn to their fullest potential when given the opportunity to utilize their strengths within engaging and meaningful activities. She continually works to adapt programs to the ever-changing and unique needs of her clients. Nicole integrates knowledge she has acquired in the fields of educational neuroscience, sensory integration, and positive psychology in order to better meet the needs of the whole child. In addition, Nicole has a special interest in bilingual language acquisition, as she is currently learning a second language and raising her two young daughters in a bilingual home.
Nicole holds graduate and advanced graduate level degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Education, graduating summa cum laude in both. Nicole obtained her Educational Specialist Degree with a specialization in Brain Research and a concentration in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Nicole also holds a Master of Science Degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech & Hearing Sciences from Washington State University, and the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her Lactation Educator-Counselor training through the University of California San Diego. In addition, Nicole has studied Orofacial Myology with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. Nicole has trained extensively in brain-based learning with internationally recognized, neurological expert Eric Jensen, a pioneer in the field of brain-compatible learning. Her most influential training to date has been as a mom to two young daughters.
Nicole has contributed to research in phonatory and acoustic analysis of the voice. Her research has been published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists and was presented at the American-Speech-Language Hearing Association National Convention. Nicole has also participated in field research for the development of the ASA- Auditory Skills Assessment.
During her academic and clinical training, Nicole was the recipient of the prestigious All-American Scholar Collegiate Award from the United States Achievement Academy, the Maynard Lee Daggy Award from Washington State University, and was listed on both the President's Honor Roll and the All-Athletic Academic Honor Roll. Her scholastic achievements have also earned her lifetime membership in the Golden Key National Honor Society.
As a professional with various contributions in her field and related areas, Nicole has been named to Who's Who In The World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who In Medicine & Healthcare, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, and Who's Who of American Women. She is also part of a select group of individuals who have received the ACE award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Nicole is a four time recipient for her dedication to continued professional study.
Nicole is a member of a variety of professional associations including the following:
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), National Coalition on Auditory Processing Disorders (NCAPD), International Society for Developmental Neuroscience, (ISDN), and the International Mind, Brain, & Education Society (IMBES). She is an associate member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS).
Nicole's love of children and genuine interest in their overall well being are reflected in her many pediatric ventures. She is also a Certified Interior Decorator and Integrative Developmental Designer. In this capacity, Nicole is the owner of Room to Grow- an integrative developmental design company promoting brain development through innovative children's rooms.
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
PEDIATRIC SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY CLINIC - Santa Monica,