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Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy

Helping children communicate and understand their world is an integral part of speech therapy. To give children tools to effectively interact with others whether it be through sign language, pictures or technology allows children to build relationships and learn to be independent. Helping children with strategies to communicate helps create a future of success. Our speech therapists also work with feeding and swallowing concerns, as oral motor skills and verbal communication are strongly connected. We understand that every child’s journey is unique and our therapists work with you to create a plan that works for your family.  

 

Does your child need Speech and Language Therapy?

While the reasons for needing support vary, there are a few key things to keep an eye on. Here is a list for you to get an idea if your child needs extra support. Signs of language problems include:

 

Birth– 1 year

Not smiling or playing with others

Not paying attention to sounds

Not babbling

Making only a few sounds. Not using gestures, like waving or pointing.

Not responding when you call her name 

Not understanding what others say

1 year – 2 year

Not putting two words together

Not saying p, b, m, h, and w the right way in words most of the time 

Not following simple directions

Saying only a few words

Not putting two words together

Not saying p, b, m, h, and w the right way in words most of the time 

Not following simple directions

2 years- 3 years

Saying fewer than 50 words

the right way in words most of the time. Being hard to understand, even to people who know the child well. 

Having problems with early reading and writing. For example, your child may not like to draw or look at books.

Having a lot of trouble saying sounds or words

Repeating the first sounds of words, like “b-b-b-ball” for “ball”

Pausing a lot while talking

Stretching sounds out, like “fffffarm” for “farm”

 

 credit to American Speech Language Hearing Association

 Some common diagnoses for Speech Therapy:

  • Apraxia of speech
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) 
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Selective mutism 
  • Dyslexia
  • Expressive language disorder
  • Lisp
  • Receptive language disorder
  • Stuttering

 

Meet the Team

Theresa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Theresa, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Theresa is a speech language pathologist, certified by the American Speech-Language- Hearing-Association (ASHA). She received her undergraduate degree in Speech from Douglass College and her graduate degree in Speech Pathology from Rutgers University. Theresa maintains licensure in New Hampshire and New Jersey. She enjoys serving children (6 months to 18 years) and their families in an interdisciplinary setting. Theresa especially enjoys working with families to support and encourage them as they work together to facilitate their child’s communication skills. She has been working at Reach for the Top for 5 years. Currently, Theresa resides in New Hampshire with her husband where they have raised their 3 children. Born and raised in New Jersey, Theresa is a Bruce Springsteen fan.

Caitlin, M.S., CF - SLP

Caitlin, M.S., CF - SLP

Clinical Fellowship - Speech Therapist

Caitlin is a recent graduate of the Communication Sciences & Disorders (speech-language pathology) program at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to attending graduate school, Caitlin spent four years working as a certified speech-language assistant in NH schools. She spent her last clinical externship placement at Reach for the Top and is excited to come on board for her clinical fellowship. Caitlin has professional interests in augmentative and alternative communication and loves working with students who have complex communication needs. During her last year of graduate school, Caitlin participated in the NH-ME Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) program where she developed program evaluation and advocacy skills.

When Caitlin isn’t working, she enjoys reading mystery novels, going to the beach and trying new foods.

Kim

Kim

Speech Pathologist

After getting her master’s from UNH, Kim Oates quickly decided that she most enjoyed working with children. The years have seen changes in work location, from school to early intervention, private practice and hospital, but the children have always come first. When not helping them learn new and better communication skills, Kim enjoys singing in an acapella group, knitting, sailing and hanging out with husband, Gerry. She has too many cats, two parrots and a three-toed tortoise at home

Molly, M.S., CCC-SLP

Molly, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Molly graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she received both her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders. She is currently licensed in the state of New Hampshire. Molly loves working with clients of all ages and with a variety of communication needs. She greatly enjoys working with kids and their families and has experience with both evaluation and treatment in areas such as fluency, articulation, expressive and receptive language skills and pragmatic skills. She has been working at Reach for the Top as an SLP for almost a year, although began working at Reach in 2013 as a rehab aide. She loves working as part of the team at Reach and greatly enjoys collaborating with OT and PT to provide the best therapy. Molly enjoys going to the beach and spending time with family and friends. Molly is an avid sports fan and loves watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.

Sarah, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Sarah graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing association and holds licensure in the states of NH, MA and ME. Sarah enjoys working with children of all ages and their families to reach their goals of functional communication and feeding abilities. She has found her niche in the area of feeding and swallowing disorders and is trained in the implementation of the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding Therapy as well as the treatment of dysphagia and oral motor dysfunction. She is also trained in the interpretation of videofluoroscopic swallow studies. When Sarah isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, her dog, Milo and her cat, Luna.

Tyler,  MA, CCC-SLP

Tyler, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Tyler received an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and received his masters from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently licensed in New Hampshire and Maine. Tyler has several years of experience in outpatient pediatric therapy and enjoys working with clients of all ages. He has experience evaluating and treating children with a variety of speech, language, and communication challenges and enjoys collaborating with families and other therapists to make therapy outcomes functional. He has had experience running social groups and life skills groups and is interested in Animal Assisted Therapy. Tyler joined Reach for the Top in September 2019 and is thrilled to be a part of a thriving, family-based therapy community. Tyler lives in York, Maine with his wife and dog where they enjoy fishing, hiking, and gardening.

Adam, CCC-SLP

Adam, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Adam is a speech language pathologist, certified by the American speech language hearing Association. He received his bachelors of science in speech language pathology from Nazareth College Ave., Rochester, NY . His master of science from the University of New Hampshire and is a doctoral candidate in communication sciences and disorders with emphasis on augmentative communication for children with complex communication needs. He has written a number of publications regarding the use of a AAC with children. His research focus is children’s use of a AAC for social interaction and play. He has worked in residential programs with adolescents, school districts from preschool to high school, early intervention, and outpatient clinics. Adam lives with his wife in Dover, NH and they are very involved with the development of roller derby programs for children.

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  1. Give us a call at 603-740-3534 and speak to a knowledgeable staff member to see if these services are right for you!
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What about insurance? 

We accept Wellsense, AmeriHealth Caritas, Medicaid, Tricare, Anthem, United, Cigna, and many other forms of insurance. Please call us, 603-740-3534 if you have a question about your specific insurance policy, or need additional support. 

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