Hi, I'm Annette!
If you have a child with a speech delay, you've come to the right place!
I'm an ASHA-certified SLP who loves working with kids with speech sound disorders.
My therapy style is for kids to have fun and work hard. Most children who have speech delays do have to do hard work. But their brains will do more clicking and remembering if they are having fun, too! We use quick game turns in between speech tasks, and we definitely laugh together!
As a kid I lived overseas in Europe (with my army family) and as an adult in South Asia, so I continue to love travel. But about five years ago fell in love with our PNW coastal weather and mountains. I love hiking, beaches, and taking my adopted cat, Lucy, on leash walks outside.
Back in my school days I was that nerdy kid who took courses in other languages. At home I practiced words with hard foreign sounds, repeating them over and over. My brain got those tricky sequences, and later native speakers commented on my 'great accent'.
Now, I know, those experiences of mine weren't anything like having a speech sound disorder. But they did acquaint me with how hard your child has to work to master sounds and sound sequences.
And an SLP trained in speech sound disorders, including apraxia, I know how to target the most efficient sounds for where your child is at now.
I received my graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Michigan University, then SLP certification while working in Washington. I have worked with older adults in nursing homes, as well as with school-aged students as a school SLP.
This past year I've seen young 5-year olds capture their 'k' sound. I've seen older students working on the 'r' sound graduate from speech therapy. I've had other students who keep working hard on more basic sound sequences in words like 'byebye' and 'mommy'. All of these children made this progress during online speech therapy sessions.
Even though I am seeing clients making progress, I continue to take courses for SLPs, whether that be teletherapy best practices or speech sound therapy techniques.
I’ve completed all the online Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC). Additionally, my background in linguistics gives me an increased knowledge base for assessing and treating phonological disorders.
All this prepares me uniquely for you, to be a great fit for speech therapy for your child.
I have deep empathy for your challenge in finding local SLP services for your child who struggles to communicate.
Let's chat – I'd love to hear your speech concerns!
Together we can make a plan to help your child capture more accurate speech sounds. And if I'm not the best fit, I'll tap into my referral network for you.