Cesily Insana, MS/CCC-SLP
Cesily Insana is a Speech-Language Pathologist who moved to Southwest Florida from Cleveland, OH after earning her Masters from the University of Akron in 2018. She completed her clinical fellowship year at the Monarch Center for Autism, a specialized preschool where she worked with children with multiple disabilities and complex communication needs. She followed that with work at another autism center specializing in treating the same demographic. She has extensive experience working with individuals who are non-verbal and are classified as having low-functioning autism.
“I decided to become a speech therapist when I was 18 after working at a summer camp with a little boy who had autism,” she explained. “We bonded very quickly, even when it was difficult for him to bond with the other children or staff members. From that point on, I knew this was the population I wanted to work with. I chose speech therapy because I truly love working with children who are limited/non-verbal.
“I want to be part of the journey to help give them a voice.”
In addition to working with children on the autism spectrum, Cesily has had notable success working with individuals diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, visual impairments (Cortical visual impairments) and those with multiple disabilities. She is skilled in providing early intervention as well as assisting with augmentative and alternative communication.
“I love the innocence and creativity of children,” she said. “I enjoy discovering how to build a rapport, especially with children on the autism spectrum.”
She started at the FOCUS Speech Therapy team in 2021 – as eager for a chance to escape the long winters in Northeast Ohio as to work with the variety of clientele and collaborate with therapists of numerous disciplines.
In her free time, she and her husband love spending time at the beach with their 4-year-old daughter and mini Aussidoodle.