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KRISTIN MESSENGER
M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner // Speech-Language Pathologist

I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with over 7 years of experience in pediatrics, early intervention, clinical, and school-based settings. I am dedicated to helping clients discover ways to express themselves and interact effectively with the special people in their lives. I am experienced in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with Autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), language delay/disorder, stuttering disorder, sensory integration disorder, feeding/swallowing disorders, articulation and phonology disorders, as well as other developmental disorders. Under the direction of an occupational therapist, I also feel confident applying sensory integration strategies (i.e., proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile) into my intervention to optimize success.

As an experienced SLP, I work with verbal (i.e. spoken words) and non-verbal (i.e. gestures, facial expressions, assistive technology, sign language) communicators. For those individuals who are non-verbal or are emergent communicators, I have knowledge and training in the use/programming of low and high tech assistive technology, including Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). 

 

Working closely and collaboratively with a child’s parents, as well as the professionals providing care (e.g. teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral therapists), is of utmost importance to me. Strategies and therapeutic techniques are tailored to meet each child’s specific needs, and shared across disciplines to promote successful outcomes.

I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (#14084267) and am licensed by the West Virginia Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board (#1468) to practice speech pathology in the state of West Virginia. 

 
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KRISTIN MESSENGER
M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner // Speech-Language Pathologist

I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with over 8 years of experience in pediatrics, early intervention, clinical, and school-based settings. I am dedicated to helping clients discover ways to express themselves and interact effectively with the special people in their lives. I am experienced in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), receptive and expressive language disorders, genetic/chromosomal disorders, sensory integration disorder, speech sound and phonology disorders, as well as other developmental disorders. Under the direction of an occupational therapist, I also feel confident applying sensory integration strategies (i.e., proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile) into my intervention to optimize success.

 

My area of interest and specialization is in the evaluation and treatment of children with Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech (sCAS) or confirmed Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I have completed more than 20 hours of continuing education and am now a PROMPT-certified clinician. PROMPT is a tactile-kinesthetic approach to speech therapy, which means that the speech-language pathologist uses touch cues on the client's face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of their articulators. I am currently the only provider in all of West Virginia listed on the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory as a provider with experience in the evaluation and treatment of CAS.

As an experienced SLP, I work with verbal (i.e. spoken words) and non-speaking (i.e. gestures, facial expressions, assistive technology, sign language) communicators. For those individuals who are non-speaking or emergent communicators, I have knowledge and training in the use/programming of low and high tech assistive technology, including Speech Generating Devices (SGDs). 

 

Working closely and collaboratively with a child’s parents, as well as the professionals providing care (e.g. teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral therapists), is of utmost importance to me. Strategies and therapeutic techniques are tailored to meet each child’s specific needs, and shared across disciplines to promote successful outcomes.

I hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (#14084267) and am licensed by the West Virginia Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board (#1468) to practice speech pathology in the state of West Virginia.