Andres Alejandro Crucet-Choi, M.S., CF-SLP, (pronouns: he/they) is a multilingual therapist and peer-reviewed, published scientist who works at the intersection of clinical research and policy (as it relates to health literacy, health equity and accessibility, disability, and maternal-infant health). Andres has an academic background in physiology and completed training in communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis in human development, equitable services, and education policy at Columbia University in New York City. Andres is currently licensed by the Department of Health (DOH) to practice in Washington, D.C. and will be working under the clinical supervision of Ana-Maria Jaramillo, SLPD, CCC-SLP. At Voz Speech Therapy, Andres will take on a dual role of clinician and community advocate by providing evidenced-based therapeutic intervention, conducting evaluations, and completing screeners onsite at various bilingual child development centers in Washington, D.C.
Andres has experience in a number of clinical settings, including home health, early intervention, hospitals, public and private schools, and research centers in New York, Florida, and the DC metropolitan area. Andres has also collaborated with world-renowned experts in communication development and policy, under multimillion dollar federal grants and projects, working in laboratories and completing clinical fieldwork in order to present findings of independent theses and group projects at universities/conferences across the United States. Andres’ work has also taken international residences in South America and Africa (Ministry of Special Education & Ministry of Education – Ghana). Andres has facilitated pediatric and adult treatment groups, led caregiver/parent and teacher training sessions, and developed workshop series for families and students in multiple languages.
Andres has clinical and professional experience in the following areas:
- Early Intervention (i.e., birth to three, preterm birth, family/caregiver coaching)
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Executive Function, etc.)
- Populations at risk of being disenfranchised and marginalized (e.g., LGBTQAI+, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Disabled children and adults, etc.)
- Craniofacial Disorders (e.g., cleft lip, cleft palate, etc.)
- English Language Learners (ELLs) and Dual Language Learners (DLLs)
- Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)
- Veterans and Military Families
- Policy Makers
As a first-generation pediatric provider, Andres upholds the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)’s standard to ensure that children are entitled to treatment and evaluations that are valid, reliable, and free from cultural, linguistic, racial, and any biases in order to access an individualized Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Andres also seeks to explore the definition of disability and shine a light on what it means to be a disabled person under a system of control and capitalism that propagates a society and culture that are not designed to support or accommodate the individual person. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – which provides civil rights protections to disabled individuals in areas of employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications – Andres understands the importance of community-based, child-centered, evidence-based practice that is ethical, affirming, trauma-informed, and invested in supporting and uplifting our communities. The approach that Andres brings to building a new therapeutic relationship is founded on providing an understanding of AND establishing, nurturing, and strengthening the quality of life of an individual and their relationships (e.g., patient-self, patient-caregiver, patient-parent, etc.).
Andres is excited to announce that during the fall 2022 semester, Georgetown University’s Department of Pediatrics will be hosting Andres as a fellow in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHD) of the Health Resources and Services Administration. In addition to completing the training fellowship, Andres will also be completing a fully funded graduate certificate in early intervention at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development. Andres is currently learning more about feeding, swallowing, and dysphagia intervention, disability policy, and neurodevelopmental disorders. In the future, Andres plans to apply to doctoral programs in human development and public policy. In efforts to continue making current scientific literature accessible, Andres will continue the role of science communicator by creating in-person (and virtual) parent caregiver workshops, informational training sessions, and resources related to pediatric development.
Outside of academic and clinical endeavors, Andres enjoys reading, cooking, and strengthening the mind-body connection. Andres is a long distance runner and cyclist who stretches regularly (science has proven the health benefits!). Andres recently finished reading Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about your provider! Managing your health (or the health of another) is a vital process linked to increasing quality of life. I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together to create a plan of care for you and your loved one(s).
To learn more about how you can support your child’s development or for general inquiries, please schedule a free virtual consultation with Andres.