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SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY

OUR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS HELP CHILDREN IMPROVE THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS SO THAT THEY CAN COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH THEIR PEERS, FAMILY, AND FRIENDS.

Our Speech & Language Professionals provide pediatric speech-language therapy services to children by helping promote communication and independence thus encouraging children with the skills needed to live life to its fullest. Through therapeutic services provided by their provider, your child can improve skills to communicate with family, friends, teachers, and peers.

Bilingual (Spanish) & Tele-speech services are available!

 
MEET OUR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

Kimberly Laurie, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Therapy Manager
Location: Boise Office
Kimberly graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Idaho State University in 1998. Kimberly has experience working with a variety of disorders in the infant toddler population, school age children and adolescents. She specifically enjoys working with children with cleft palate and preschool language disorders. Kimberly serves as the Speech-Language Pathology Manager at Children’s Therapy Place and prides herself on having a superior SLP team! In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys golfing, interior decorating and spending time with her husband and two children.

Gabriela Ceja, M.S. CCC-SLP – Bilingual (Spanish)
Location: Meridian Office
Gabriela  graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from The University of North Texas with an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Gabriela has worked in a variety of settings, including elementary schools, home health, online teletherapy platforms, and private practices. Her primary interests include articulation/phonology, fluency (stuttering), literacy development, and social pragmatic language. Gabriela is also a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200) and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and movement into her therapy sessions. In her spare time, Gabriela likes rock climbing, camping, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

Alissa Ketterling, M.S., CCC-SLP
Location: Nampa Office
Alissa graduated in 2005 with her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Since then, she has had experience working in nursing homes, public and private schools, the infant-toddler population in homes, with children of all ages and varying disorders within the clinic setting, and via teletherapy. She has undergone Hanen training, and uses the coaching model to help caregivers integrate therapy techniques into the daily routines of young children for improved success. She thoroughly enjoys the families with whom she works. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and extended family, as well as hiking, camping, meeting with friends, and reading.

Jane Lomas, M.S., CCC-SLP  – Bilingual (Spanish)
Location: Boise & Nampa Offices
Jane was born and raised in the California Bay Area and has now lived in Idaho for over 25 years. She loves the Mountain West and all things outdoors! Jane completed her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University and has a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University (2013). She has experience working in in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation settings with adults, but has focused on her passion for child language and communication since 2014. Jane is devoted to working with pediatric clients across disorder areas of autism, apraxia, augmentative communication, fluency, social pragmatics, early language, and others. Jane speaks Spanish and French and is driven to work with multicultural clients and families in the Treasure Valley. Her commitment to parent coaching, addressing needs of the whole child, and connecting with every client to bring out their optimal communication skills is at the core of her practice. Outside of the busy clinic life, Jane loves spending time in the mountains with her family, doing yoga, learning foreign languages, gardening, cooking and traveling. 

Stephanie Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP
Location: Boise & Nampa Offices
Stephanie graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Idaho State University in 2019 and a Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brigham Young University in 2016. Stephanie has experience working with children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) such as core boards, PODD, and speech-generating devices. In September 2020, Stephanie will be PROMPT trained- a tactile-anesthetic (touch and feel) approach to speech therapy in which the therapist uses their hands to move the child’s lips, jaws, and tongue to correctly form words. Stephanie provides speech therapy in the pool for children who need language stimulation and additional assistance with articulation. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys swimming, tennis, and playing board games with her husband and siblings.

Annika Tribby, CCC-SLP
Location: Meridian & Nampa Offices
Born and raised in Australia, Annika completed her degree at the University of Newcastle. She now lives in beautiful Idaho with her Boise native husband. She worked within a disability service providing speech therapy for young adults as well as in a private practice seeing clients with various communication needs from 2 to 90 years old. Annika is Hanen trained – an early intervention method for late talkers, delayed expressive language and those on the Autism Spectrum. She enjoys involving families in therapy in multiple ways that give the carers skills to carry over speech and language skills in the community and home environment. In her spare time, Annika enjoys running, hiking, baking and hosting dinner parties.

Emily Chapman, M.S. CCC-SLP
Location: Boise Office
Emily Chapman is a Pennsylvania native who graduated with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Penn State University in 2012. Emily has experience working in both private pediatric therapy clinics and working with birth-3 in an early intervention program. She has experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges including both verbal and non verbal children. She enjoys working and collaborating with families, incorporating parent coaching into each therapy session, and focusing on functional communication activities that are easily implemented across multiple environments. She has a specific love and interest in preschool language, social skills, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). When not at work, Emily enjoys reading, hiking, biking, and camping with her husband.

Taylor Wiest, M.S, CCC-SLP
Location: Infant/Toddler Program
Taylor Wiest moved from Portland, OR after receiving a B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Portland State University to Boise in 2014. She spent the first few years there completing her Masters at Idaho State University- Meridian Campus, graduating in 2016. Taylor has a background in Child Development having received a B.S. from Humboldt State University in 2011. She enjoys working with young children in early intervention where she is able to utilize skills she gained throughout her schooling, although she has had the opportunity to treat individuals across the lifespan before coming to CTP. Taylor enjoys taking a whole-child approach to her therapy where communication is viewed as being part of complex, multidimensional systems of functioning. So while we may be working on increasing the vocabulary and functional language use of a child we are also working toward an increased ability to self regulate! When she is not working, Taylor enjoys spending time at home with her family and pets, cooking, gardening and playing outside

Thomas González, M.S., CF-SLP
Location: Boise Office & Nampa Office
Thomas received his degree from Idaho State University and specializes in language disorders, articulation, fluency, & Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Thomas is originally from Boise and loves to play the piano, sing, exercise (i.e., swimming, running, jump roping, lifting weights), read, write, study foreign languages, spend time with his family, friends, and his Border Collies. Thomas also enjoys continuing his education about speech-language pathology, learning new subjects and skills, and traveling when possible to experience and appreciate other cultures.

Karissa Rutten, M.S., CCC-SLP
Location: Boise Office
Karissa is originally from Mission Viejo, California before receiving her M.S. degree from Idaho State University – Pocatello. She specializes in Pediatric Speech & Language Therapy. Karissa enjoys playing volleyball, cooking, hiking, camping in the summer, playing with her son, traveling with her husband, and spending time with friends!

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Tele-Speech Therapy Also Available!

Special Programs

It Takes Two to Talk - Hanen Program
The Hanen approach has led the way in changing early language intervention by putting parents first in order to help children. The Hanen approach advocates that the natural environment is the best way for children to learn, providing them with opportunities to communicate with key people in their lives. This approach has led the way in changing early language intervention by putting parents first in order to help children.
Social Thinking
Our therapists utilize the Social thinking curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner in both individual and group sessions to facilitate improved social/pragmatic​ skills. The curriculum is intended for students with social learning disabilities, especially those with autistic spectrum conditions. Its main focus is on teaching students to think about how others perceive them.
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
PECS is a unique alternative/augmentative communication system developed in the USA in 1985 by Andy Bondy, Ph.D., and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP. PECS was first implemented with pre-school students diagnosed with autism at the Delaware Autism Program. Since then, PECS has successfully been implemented worldwide with thousands of learners of all ages who have various cognitive, physical and communication challenges.
Tongue Thrust/Orofacial Myology
Training in the use of muscle-specific exercises to improve coordination and function of the face and mouth necessary for optimal breathing, feeding and articulation skills.
PROMPT

PROMPT is a tactile-kinesthetic (touch and feel) approach to speech therapy. Because speech is made by moving the jaw, lips, and tongue, A PROMPT trained speech pathologist uses their hands to move the child’s lips, jaws, and tongue to correctly form words. These movements are combined with functional words chosen for each child to use in social interactions. PROMPT is used on a wide range of children who have difficulty with motor speech including children who have childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, dysarthria, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and other developmental disorder of speech. 

Early Intervention
Our therapists are trained in the “Coaching Model” utilized by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and complete home visits to help train families to improve their child’s communication skills
Teletherapy
Teletherapy: Our speech-language pathologists have been providing online therapy for over 10 years. We work with school districts and private clients connecting our clinicians with clients no matter where they live. Most insurance companies will pay for online therapy services. Contact CTP for more information.

Areas of Expertise

Autism/Asperger’s/PDD

Down Syndrome

Cleft Palate

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Apraxia

Articulation/Phonological Disorders

Receptive Language

Expressive Language

Fluency

Voice

Social/Pragmatic Skills

Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)

American Sign Language (ASL)

Executive Functioning

Reading Comprehension

Written Expression

Selective Mutism

Contracted School Services

Contracted Infant and Toddler Services

DISCOVERING ABILITY IN EVERY CHILD

Call us at 208.323.8888 or contact us here to get started.

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