Speech Language Pathology

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About Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Speechlanguage pathologists (SLPs), also called speech and language therapists or speech therapists, work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speechlanguage, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Tri-County Therapy provides Speech Language Pathology Therapy in both the Charleston area and the Upstate! We provide services the following areas:

Upstate: Anderson, Clemson, Greer, Seneca, Greenville

Charleston: Daniel Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan, James Island, Johns Island, Ladson, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley

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Development Areas

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Articulation is how a sound is made using accurate and coordinated movement of the jaw, lips, tongue, teeth, and soft palate. Articulation is also impacted by voice, the ability to use breath and contraction of the vocal folds to create sound, and fluency, the rhythm and flow of speech. Phonology refers to the patterns of sound production, and phonological disorders refer to simplification strategies that children use to make speech production easier.

Expressive language includes a child’s ability to effectively and completely express their wants, needs, thoughts, ideas, and emotions by talking. Expressive language is different from articulation/speech development. Language includes the meaning of words (e.g. “fly” is both an action and an insect), how to make new words (e.g. run, running, ran, runner), how to put words together to form sentences, and the ability to select what words should be used based on the situation.

Arching of the body, irritability, refusals, failure to accept different textures, extended length of mealtimes, coughing, wet vocal quality, frequent emesis, recurring pneumonia’s, and lack of weight gain. If your child is experiencing any of the above, he/she may be at risk for: dehydration, poor nutrition, aspiration, or upper respiratory infections.

Stuttering involves speaking in such a way that the rhythm is interrupted by repetitions, blocks or spasms, or prolongations of sounds or syllables, sometimes accompanied by contortions of the face and body. This can sometimes be a result of reduced language acquisition and word retrieval.

Receptive language includes a child’s ability to listen to, interpret, and understand symbolic communication. This includes comprehension of spoken language, interpretation of gestures and nonverbal communication, identification of objects/pictures, and the ability to answer questions.

Caregivers need to be responsive and consistent to their infant. It is important to provide opportunities to play with others so he can explore his own abilities and express his own feelings. Caregivers can model the type of behavior that is appropriate in various social situations.

Our Team's Specialities & Training

PROMPT, an acronym for PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, is a multidimensional approach to speech production disorders has come to embrace not only the well-known physical-sensory aspects of motor performance, but also its cognitive-linguistic and social-emotional aspects. PROMPT is about integrating all domains and systems towards positive communication outcome. It may be used (with varying intensity and focus) with all speech production disorders from approximately 6 months of age onward. To achieve the best outcome with PROMPT it should not be thought of or used mainly to facilitate oral-motor skills, produce individual sounds/phonemes or as an articulation program but rather as a program to develop motor skill in the development of language for interaction.

For more information, visit: http://www.promptinstitute.com/

HANEN training teaches how to facilitate parents’ involvement in their child’s early language intervention through teaching, coaching and scaffolding so that they can effectively apply the learning to everyday interactions with their child. HANEN’s program also teaches how to involve parents of children with autism to facilitate their child’s social and communication skills in everyday contexts, fulfilling the key criteria for effective early intervention for these children.

For more information, visit: http://www.hanen.org/Home.aspx

Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles. The goal is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves in any setting. LAMP focuses on giving the individual independent access to vocabulary on voice output AAC devices that use consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary. Teaching of the vocabulary happens across environments, with multisensory input to enhance meaning, with the child’s interests and desires determining the vocabulary to be taught.

For more information, visit: http://www.aacandautism.com/lamp

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is designed to teach functional communication skills with an initial focus on spontaneous communication. It has been and continues to be implemented in a variety of settings and contexts (home, school, community) so users have the skills to communicate their wants and needs. PECS is a method to teach young children or any individual with a communication impairment a way to communicate within a social context. Research has shown that many preschoolers using PECS also begin developing speech. Based on the current evidence base, PECS has been described as an emerging treatment shown to increase communication skills for individuals with ASD.

For more information, visit: http://www.pecsusa.com/pecs.php

Tri-County Therapy has a Certified Autism Specialist on staff that has received extensive training and continuing education in services related to individuals with Autism. Our Certified Autism Specialist is able to administer Autism screenings along with Speech Language Evaluations to help determine whether further testing in Autism is warranted. Our Certified Autism Specialist can also assist with treatment programs and family resources.

Tri-County Therapy has several Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists with a background in ABA. Applied behavior analysis is the process of systematically applying interventions based upon the principles of learning theory to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree, and to demonstrate that the interventions employed are responsible for the improvement in behavior.

The LiPS® Program teaches students to discover and label the oral-motor movements of phonemes. Students can then verify the identity, number, and sequence of sounds in words. Once established, phonemic awareness is then applied to reading, spelling, and speech.

For more information, visit: http://lindamoodbell.com/program/lindamood-phoneme-sequencing-program

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Speech Therapy Staff

Allison Kane, MCD, CCC-SLP, CAS

Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist

Amanda Lee, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Britleigh Hawkins, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Claire Whitlow, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Courtney Drumheller, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Dru Craft, MS, CFY-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist- CF

Emily Bowen, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Emily Noble, MA, CCC-SLP

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Jane Crawford, SLP-A

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

Jennifer Boyd Butterworth, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Juliana Norton, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Karen Druck, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kathryn Jordan, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Upstate Director

Leah Parrott, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Louise Jackson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Margaret Browder, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Megan Edwards, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Megan Masterson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Melissa Costell, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Michelle Hrycenko, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Molly Knutson, MS, CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Nicole Vogler, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Sara DeYoung, MSP, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Somer Acierno, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Stephanie Pecht, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Tiffany Vice LaBarre, MCD, CCC-SLP

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Virginia ‘Ginger’ Liner, MS, CCC-SLP

Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Whitney Sullivan, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist