Speech Language Pathologist (CF-SLP)
Miriam Granja is a bilingual (English & Spanish) CF-SLP (clinical fellowship speech-language pathologist) who joined FOCUS Therapy in 2022.
Prior to joining the FOCUS Fort Myers speech therapy team, Granja, a Naples native, earned her undergraduate degree in 2020 and her master’s in 2022 – both from the University of South Florida. As a student, she treated a broad age range of patients (pediatric, adult, and geriatric) as well as conditions. In clinical rotation at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, she treated individuals with aphasia, dysphagia, AAC, head and neck cancers, and voice disorders. She also completed an internship with the Hillsborough County School District, where she received additional training for treatment of children with receptive and expressive language delays, phonological disorders, and low tech AAC options, such as PECS. While receiving her master’s degree, she was mentored by a bilingual speech-language pathologist, and has completed numerous dynamic assessments and bilingual speech-language evaluations.
Granja said the spark of wanting to work with children was ignited during a volunteering stint as a reading coach for kindergarten kids in a low socioeconomic community in the Tampa Bay region.
“I wanted to help more children living in these communities and show them that they can accomplish so much more than what the world was telling them they could,” she said. “I love how children can always teach you something new and show you life through a different perspective.”
As for therapy philosophy, Granja underscores that she prioritizes progress over perfection. She especially enjoys working with children from culturally diverse backgrounds, as well as those with medically complex and rare conditions. One of her goals at FOCUS is to gain additional training and experience with pediatric feeding therapy.
“Even for someone new to the clinic, you can immediately sense that FOCUS is more than just a team – it’s a family,” Granja said. “All of the therapists are supportive of one another, and each has the same goal in mind – which is to help children meet and even surpass their goals.”
Outside of her career, Granja enjoys Southwest Florida sunsets, spending time with her loved ones and her dog, baking, working out (especially running regular 5Ks) and making blankets for the dogs and cats at Collier County Domestic Animal Services.