Shari Rosen

The Essential Learning Group Founder, Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Rosen holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research focused on early communication for at-risk toddlers who had low birth weight and were premature.

Beginning her career working with physically challenged children, she both taught and super-vised at Emerson College and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. From there, she went on to work at the University of Washington, Seattle at the Center for Human Devel-opment and Disorders where she supervised graduate students and participated in comprehen-sive multidisciplinary evaluations. In 2003, she began providing support services in Shanghai. Frustrated with the lack of services available in Shanghai for children with special needs, she came up with the idea of ELG. She feels privileged to be able to work with her husband, Monte, to share in this unique experience.

As Program Director, Dr. Rosen is responsible for overseeing ELG’s daily programs. In addition to managing teaching staff, she is in charge of communicating with the ELG Clinic team, train-ing staff and parents, and connecting with outside resources. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), the International Association of Special Education (IASE), and the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA).

Dr. Rosen has a deep understanding of learning disabilities, having been diagnosed with ADHD and managing its impact on her learning and self-esteem throughout her life.  She loves every-thing about her work, but is especially passionate about helping with individuals diagnosed with autism as well as school-aged students with executive function difficulties. She finds it a joy to interact with the children and teens on a daily basis and believes that everyone at ELG, from the support staff to the specialists, is part of one big family.