Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals educated in the study of communication, its development and disorders. SLPs assess speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing skills to identify communication problems and the best way to treat them.
Children might need speech-language therapy for a variety of reasons, including: hearing impairments; cognitive (intellectual, thinking) or other developmental delays; weak muscles; autism spectrum disorders; motor planning problems; congenital disorders such as cleft lip/palate; respiratory problems; feeding & swallowing disorders; or traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of the underlying concerns, speech-language therapy can help your child communicate better.
Therapy should begin as soon as possible. Children enrolled in therapy early, before they are 5 years old, tend to have better outcomes than those who begin therapy later. In speech-language therapy a SLP or SLP Assistant will work with a child one-on-one to overcome difficulties involved with a specific communication disorder. Parent and family involvement is very important to help a child progress in his speech-language development. Working together as a team, we can help your child develop to their fullest potential to better communicate in their home, school, play and community environments.
ABOUT SPEECH THERAPY
Everyone has Lots to Say! From the smallest of children to grown adults, we all want to communicate and interact with others. Sometimes a communication delay or disorder prevents communication occurring at its best. That is where speech & language therapy services intervene and help you reach your full communication potential. At Lots to Say! Speech and Language Therapy Clinic we are motivated by helping people to communicate to the best of their ability.
We pride ourselves on our ability to communicate throughout the evaluation and therapy processes, while we are attentive to your concerns. The initial evaluation will assess any areas of communication that are of concern. Immediately after the evaluation, parents will be aware of results and a plan of care will be constructed. Therapy sessions will also include a parent consultation portion wherein they will be given activities and assignments for at-home practice.
At Lots to Say! Speech and Language Therapy Clinic we acknowledge that you know your child best. We make an effort to really listen to what parents’ concerns are and address those as much as possible in speech therapy. We work intensely during our therapy sessions and provide activities and assignments to be completed at home to help new communication skills generalize. In private therapy services we are able to address a child’s specific communication needs. Our speech therapy is individualized and is provided in one-on-one therapy sessions. We offer sessions throughout the day to accommodate families’ schedules.
ABOUT LOTS TO SAY! SPEECH & THERAPY CLINIC
Stephanie Holt, MS, CCC-SLP
Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University. Stephanie has earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in 2007 after passing the board examinations and fulfilling clinical clock hours.
I developed an interest in speech & language therapy sciences during middle & high school while working with students with multiple disabilities who had complex communication needs. That, and my passion for linguistics, drove me to work with children who had difficulty communicating. While in college I transcribed university lectures for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as completed internships in speech-language pathology. Upon graduation I worked in the public schools in Utah wherein I learned how considerable the effects of a speech and language disorder had on academic success. I then had the opportunity to work in an outpatient clinic in Texas where I was able to work with even more children from birth through teenagers. Moving to Washington has brought me to open my own speech-language therapy practice, so I can work even closer with children and their families.
ABOUT OUR THERAPISTS
Lots to Say! Speech & Therapy Clinic
1950 Keene Rd, bldg M
Richland, WA 99352