You Can Improve Your
After receiving my bachelor's degree in psychological anthropology I traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. During my travels I quickly learned how it feels to be unable to communicate effectively with those around me, to be on the "outside."
"When you enhance your ability to communicate, you improve your quality of life."
Laura S. Smith
Speech Language Therapist
I spent over two years studying people, observing how they relate to each other and their culture. My experiences led me to pursue a profession in which I could help others communicate; a profession in which I could impact and improve people's lives.
After working in schools, nursing homes and hospitals, I established TALK SLP Services to help people of all ages improve their communication skills.
My Approach And Philosophy
My belief is that every individual communicates differently and has unique challenges with communication. Based on that belief, I strive to show consideration for and appreciation of the cultural, ethnic, linguistic and social background of the individual in therapy. In treating the whole person, it is often beneficial to provide tools to family members, caregivers, and peers (when appropriate), for communication is an interactive process. Collaborative teaming with other educational and healthcare professionals creates consistency across settings and can be instrumental in reaching one's health and/or educational goals. My focus on intervention draws from a variety of methods and techniques that are tailored to meet each individual's needs.
Speech, language, communication, and swallowing difficulties can result from a variety of causes—including developmental delays or disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, Autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, cleft pallet, stroke, brain injury, Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, hearing loss, behavioral and emotional issues, mental retardation, tongue thrust and foreign dialects.
Let Me Assist You
If you or a family member needs help with communication issues, contact me for more information. From my office on Mercer Island, I help people from all over the Greater Seattle area.