Speech and Language Pathologist
Kelly, a Michigan State University graduate, provides evidence-based speech and language intervention to preschoolers with mild to severe communication impairments.
Kelly leads the 3 Year Old Play n' Say Group. Play n' Say is a 2 hour weekly group that targets speech and language goals within the context of the natural classroom environment. This group is a unique experience in that it provides necessary intensity of repetition and professional guidance within the natural environment.
The 3 Year Old Play n' Say Group is assisted by Maria Deskins, CCC-SLP, who leads the 4 year Old Play n' Say Group. It is additionally supported by Michele ("Cheley") Stopinski, our program assistant, who is currently completing her BA in early childhood education.
Kelly uses evidence-based intervention strategies that underscore the importance of children producing correct language forms at a high level of frequency, while using meaningful, natural rewards to facilitate quicker and more substantial gains.
For articulation and phonological development, Kelly incorporates evidence-based PROMPT, Complexity Approach, and DTTC (Dynamic-Tactile, Temporal, Cueing) interventions to improve speech intelligibility. These evidence based strategies are applied within the context of meaningful activities that require a high level of accurate speech to facilitate substantial gains.
Kelly additionally specializes in intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and developmental delays that significantly impact speech and language comprehension and expression.
For children who may not have learned to speak or process language naturally, Kelly capitalizes on unique visual, musical, kinesthetic, or technological strengths to teach language. For example, a child may learn to read, sing, or tap a rhythm using augmentative communication as a means to learn to speak.
Whether the impairment is mild or severe, the key to success is a close partnership with family members, teachers, and therapists. Kelly looks forward to being a member of your child's intervention team. At Barnes, together we make a difference.