Shannon graduated from California State University, Haywood with her Bachelor of Science in 1998 and then with her Master of Science in Speech - Language Pathology in 2001. Shannon has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings that focus on children and adolescents including outpatient, early childhood intervention, & school based settings. She has had experience working for a sub-acute track/vent facility and in skilled nursing facilities as well. Shannon has knowledge of PECS, Augmented communication devises, and ASL as used in therapy. She also has experience and has performed swallowing evaluations. Shannon has co-taught parent education programs from the Hanen Centere "It Takes Two to Talk" and participated in planning meetings for children transitioning into school districts. Shannon is Hanen Certified for this "It Takes Two to Talk" Program. Her recent continuing education courses include: Social Thinking with Michelle Garcia Winner, Oppositional Defiant & Disruptive Children & Adolescents, and teaching Early Communication Signals to Children with Motor Impairment: Where Do I start? And also Children Who Stutter: Community - Centered Assessment/Intervention, Executive Functioning Skills
Anna Kay is an experienced Speech Language pathologist skilled in diagnosis, treatment, analysis, and evaluation of children and adolescents with a variety of disorders and delays. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg in 2010 with a B.A. Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, and the followed that with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2012. Her professional Experience includes working in various settings in California where had the opportunity to work with clients from birth to the geriatric population. Her largest experience has been in pediatrics, and she has also been skilled with conducting parent education trainings. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Apraxia of Speech, Fluency Disorders, Auditory Processing, Language delays, Phonological errors, Articulation errors, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, and Global Developmental Delays, and delays. Anna Kay has also provided articulation, phonology, and language intervention for children with multiple disorders and speech delays, and participated in First Steps evaluations conducted in home settings for ages birth to 3. We are very happy to have Anna Kay as a member of the Kidtherapy team.
Doris has found a passion for bilingual speech language pathology secondary to her personal familial experiences. She is particularly passionate about enhancing children’s learning and functioning through early detection and intervention of communication disorders, regardless of their cultural/linguistic background and whether their difficulties stem from developmental or acquired disorders. Doris graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders in 2013 and received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions with a concentration in Literacy Disorders. Through her graduate coursework at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and clinical experiences working in a variety of settings, she has worked with children 18months - 21 years presenting with expressive/receptive language delay or disorder, language-based learning disability, articulation/phonological disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, muscular dystrophy, fluency disorder, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning deficits, selective autism, dyslexia, and reading comprehension disorders in both English and Spanish. She uses communicative temptations, multi-sensory techniques, and spiraling and repetition to help clients develop communication skills in an engaging and motivating manner. She believes in implementing evidence-based practice by integrating research-based methodology into sessions and individualizing treatment based on data collection and client progress. She also believes in working as part of an interdisciplinary team with other SLPs, PTs, OTs, teachers, counselors, family members, and advocates to provide clients with the best care and treatment possible.
Kayla graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, in May 2015 with a M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, and also received a Bilingual Multicultural Emphasis Program Certificate. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Arizona, where she graduated with a B.S. Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Magna Cum Laude with dual Minors in Spanish and Special Education Rehabilitation Psychology. Her clinical experience included working with the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinics of the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry where she contributed to craniofacial team by evaluating patients using Americleft Protocol and provided recommendations. She also established competent performance in infant feeding/swallowing, perceptual speech, and instrumental evaluations. She has also integrated the Learn Talk Play Program in an innovative small group therapy program for pre-school aged children with social communication and emotional regulation needs, and provided direct therapy in language and pragmatic disorders using Social Thinking and SCERTS model. Kayla has also used techniques such as providing alternative/augmentative communication therapy for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder(DCD), and administering speech, language, and cognitive various assessments and treatment for a variety of clients ranging in diagnoses and ages.
Courtney has had great experience working in a private practice setting with clients with a variety of communication disorders including apraxia, aphasia, articulation, augmentative communication, dysarthria, dysphagia, voice, language, phonology, cleft palate, as well as accent modification. She has also conducted home health therapy utilizing a consultative or direct therapy model and collaborated with other disciplines to obtain maximal benefit from patient treatments. Before being licensed as a Speech Language Pathologist, Courtney worked as a speech pathologist assistant - providing direct treatment in the individual and group settings to pediatric clients in the Head Start setting by following the written treatment plans developed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist. Courtney's education and professional training includes an M.A., Communication Disorders, from Our Lady of the Lake University, 2003 and a B.S., Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998. She also received a Compton PESL Certification in 2006 & education in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, 2003.
Abbey received her Masters Degree in Communication Disorders in 2007. She has worked with a private family providing early intervention with feeding/swallowing and communication therapy. She also worked as a travelling therapist and has worked with a wide variety of students with autism spectrum disorder, fluency disorder, and articulation and language impairments. Abbey has also worked with non verbal students using augmentative communication devices to aid with communication. She has had experience utilizing PECS, Dynovox, VoicePro, and visual signs. She also has experience with clients who have cerebral palsy, infantile spasms, apraxia, stuttering, velopharyngeal insufficiency and ADHD among many other diagnoses.
Natalya is a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow. She received a Bachelor of Speech Hearing Sciences from The University of Utah and a Masters of Speech Pathology from The University of Texas at Austin. Natalya has experience working as a private tutor with articulation and dyslexia and feeding and swallowing. She likes using techniques such as multi-sensory modalities and naturalistic therapy which she feels are easily generalized into real life. Natalya received a clinical promise award for 2 consecutive years in grad school. Her favorite thing about being a therapist is her clients and their families.
Cassie received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders graduating Magna Cum Laude from Texas State University in May of 2011. She later graduated from the same school with her masters of science in Communication Disorders in May of 2013. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work in the school district as well as in a home -based setting. She is new to clinic based therapy but is excited to work in this environment. Most of her experience has been with children with articulation and receptive/expressive language disorder, but has also worked with fluency (stuttering) and other speech and language impairments.
Charles is a certified Speech Language Pathologist with a variety of experiences in home based, school based, and clinic based pediatric settings. He has provided speech therapy in groups and individually for pre-K and school-aged children in the following areas: language, articulation (including phonological disorders and apraxia, fluency, and social skills. He has had the opportunity to plan and administer therapeutic interventions for school-aged children who have cochlear implants, as well as implement strategies to manage disruptive behavior during therapeutic interventions. Charles is also skilled as a supervisor and supervises other clinicians in speech therapy services. Charles graduated with an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Memphis in 2012 after first graduating first from Bringham Young University in 2003. Charles spent a large amount of my graduate studies working with children and adults at Methodist North Le Bonheur Hospital and at Baptist Rehabilitation in an inpatient and outpatient capacity. I participated in evaluation and treatment of adults and children with speech, language, voice, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Additionally, I observed and participated in Modified Barium Swallow Studies, Vital Stem (with Experia) therapy, and LSVT-Loud therapy. Along with working in a medical setting, Charles has had the opportunity of working with Spanish-speaking children in the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Clinic (CLD) at the University of Memphis. Here, he conducted weekly parent training activity groups to foster increased language use at home. In addition to this experience, in March 2012, he participated in a medical service trip to the Dominican Republic. There, he conducted hearing screenings, co-led workshops on aural rehabilitation, speech facilitation, literacy skills, and proper feeding techniques for children with severe developmental disorders. He also went to Guatemala in a Spanish immersion program and is now bilingual in both Spanish and English. Charles has a strong academic background in anatomy, neuroscience, neurogenic cognitive/language disorders, voice, dysphagia, fluency and aural rehabilitation.
Mora received a Bachelor of Art degree from Indiana University Bloomingtom in 2012, and a Master of Science in 2014 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has experience working in schools, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics. Mora likes to use techniques such as play based therapy, social thinking, and child-led naturalistic teaching. Her clinical interests include expressive/receptive language delays, pragmatic language /social skills, functional communication/assistive technology and autism. Mora’s favorite thing about being a therapist is empowering people of all ages to communicate, seeing progress and milestones achieved and collaborating with others (therapist, teachers, and parents).
Graziella moved to Austin 2 years ago form New York City. She received her Master of Arts degree in May of 2014. She has experience working in private clinics, home health, and schools. Graziella likes to use techniques such as play therapy, tactile and vision cues and literacy based language intervention. Her interest is caring for patients needs like early interventions, play therapy, language delays and phonology. Graziella’s favorite thing about being a therapist is seeing her patients grow and make progress.
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in 2010 and a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University in 2014. Erin has experience working in school-based and clinical-based settings with both pediatric and adult clients. She has worked with a variety of diagnoses including articulation/phonological disorder, fluency disorder, autism spectrum disorder and with deaf and hard of hearing populations. Her interests include pragmatic language/ social skills, articulation, fluency disorders and receptive/express language delays. Erin's favorite thing about being a therapist is when her clients leave their sessions feeling more confident in their ability to communicate effectively.