Hi, I'm Annette!
If you have a child who has a speech delay, is a later talker, or has a stutter, you've come to the right place!
I'm an ASHA-certified SLP who loves working with kids with speech sound disorders, as well as those with language delay and stuttering challenges.
My therapy style is for kids to have fun while working hard. Most children who have speech delays do need to do hard work. But their brains will do more clicking and remembering if they are having fun, too! We take quick game turns in between speech tasks, or we have a full play-based therapy sessions, and we definitely laugh together!
For some of my clients, a parent coaching model is the most effective, where I model or demonstrate techniques, provide education about language learning and home practice.
All of this happens in a virtual speech room where parents and I see clients make progress!
Neurodiversity Affirming Therapy
As a kid I lived overseas in Europe (with my army family) and as an adult in South Asia, so I have loved getting to travel.
About six years ago fell in love with our PNW coastal weather and mountains. I love hiking, beaches, and taking my adopted cat, Lucy, on backpack walks outside (she also enjoys a quick car ride to the local coffee drive thru!).
Starting in 2023 I have loved volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, both in the stores and on home-build construction sites.
I received my Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Michigan University, followed by my SLP certification while working in Washington. I have worked with preschoolers, Kinders, elementary, middle school, high school, and geriatrics.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech:
I have training in Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), as well as in Rapid Syllable Transition Treatment (ReST), and implement both in my therapy sessions with children who either have an apraxia diagnosis or who exhibit possible apraxic challenges.
Phonology and Articulation:
My linguistic background laid the foundation for understanding phonetics and phonology, but I've focused on several training programs by other specialist SLPs who teach about apraxia, articulation, phonology, and stuttering. I've personally seen the following phonological approaches support my client's progress: Cycles Approach, Minimal Pairs Approach, Multiple Oppositions Approach, and Complexity Approach.
Language Delays or Disorders:
I've also eagerly absorbed training on establishing a neurodiversity-friendly therapy approaches, as well as training about diagnosis and therapy for Gestalt Language Processors, and implementing this training in my sessions. I love using Cough Drop's robust AAC programs for any child who needs support in expressive language skills.
My previous Masters degree in Linguistics gives me an increased knowledge base for assessing and treating speech sound, phonological, and language disorders.
All this prepares me uniquely for children who are late talkers or hard to understand.
I have deep empathy for parent difficulties in finding local speech services for their struggling child. There is a nationwide shortage of SLPs and availability is a challenge for families. This is part of what prompted me to establish online speech therapy for kids in California, Michigan, and Washington.
Let's chat – I'd love to hear your concerns for your child.
Together we can make a plan to help your child capture
effective communication skills.