Tiffany Waddington M.S. CF-SLP, is the original founder of the I-F Club. She also goes by a few nicknames, most notably “Talktor Tiff”. She has been working with the ASD community in different capacities since 2007. Her involvement with the Deaf community began in 2013.
In 2014, Tiffany graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. While pursuing her degree, she did research on the role of brain lateralization in dyslexia. During this time, she also worked as a peer mentor at Bellevue College in the Autism Spectrum Navigator’s program, as a mentor for private families on the Eastside, and as a caretaker for 2 ASD children.
Following her undergraduate education, she began working at the Laboratory of Auditory Brain Sciences and Neuroengineering at ILABS in the University
of Washington studying auditory attention; specifically the ability of people to process sound in the presence of background noise. Her first publication with that lab is currently in press. In 2016, she started working for Aspiring Youth, providing weekly social skills groups and 1:1 mentoring to kids, adolescents, and young adults.
In 2018, she earned her Master of Science with Distinction from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in Communication Disorders and was awarded the Karen Jones Green Award for Clinical Excellence. During this program, she was able to continue working at ILABS and Aspiring Youth while also taking on clinical practicum experiences with diverse populations. She continued her mentoring and caretaking responsibilities and started to build the I-F Club as a way to merge all of her personal and professional interests.