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Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

Pediatric speech-language therapy at St. Luke’s Children’s helps babies, kids, and teens learn to communicate or improve feeding ability. We help children to express themselves by using either their voice or an augmentative communication device. Your child’s therapy may include games, flashcards, and other activities that make sessions fun, while improving articulation and receptive and expressive communication.

We also help children who have trouble with feeding or swallowing. Our speech therapists are highly trained and/or certified in assistive technology professional (ATP), interactive metronome, pediatric vital stim, hanen, and PROMPT.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Stephanie Balais, MS, CCC-SLP works with children who have cleft lip and palates, velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and resonance issues. She also has interests in early intervention, fluency issues, Down syndrome, and autism.

    Stephanie earned her master's degree from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Book: School Bugs by David Carter.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Kristin Booton, MS, CCC/SLP specializes in augmentative communication, including programming and implementation for many different augmentative/high tech speech generating devices and iPad applications. She has training in feeding and swallowing disorders, breastfeeding/infant latching, completes videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and is an SOS feeding therapist. She loves using books in therapy.

    Kristin earned her master's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Portland State University. In her free time, she loves to hike, run, camp, and play outside with her husband and children.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Mindi Walters, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with language delays in both preschool and adolescent age groups. She is certified in Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk® and works in both outpatient rehabilitation and with the NICU follow-up clinic.

    Mindi is an Idaho native and earned her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: Mr. Potato Head.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Cara Elias, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities, and likes to include the whole family. She has interests in early intervention, phonological disorders, and autism.

    Cara earned her master's degree from the University of Montana. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and participating in her community.

    Favorite Book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

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  • Speech Therapy

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    Kerri Everett, MS, CCC-SLP, evaluates and treats children and adults in outpatient clinics and within the hospital. She specializes in developmental speech and language delays/disorders, adult neurogenic diseases, traumatic brain injury and concussion (cognitive therapy), stroke, and dysphagia (swallowing disorders). She initiated a group for individuals with Parkinson’s, and implemented a program that offers the modified barium swallow studies necessary to accurately diagnose and treat swallowing disorders.

    Prior to moving to the Wood River Valley, Kerri worked with patients with autism focusing on diagnosis and therapeutic support at home and within the community. She also has experience working in private clinics, schools, and homes. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Idaho and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno.




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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Jennifer Hietala, MS, SLP specializes in feeding, lactation, and swallowing disorders, and is certified in VitalStim®.

    Jennifer earned her bachelor's degree in health science studies from Boise State University and her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. 

    Favorite Children's Books: How to Catch a Monster and Never Tickle a Tiger.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Ashley Kossick, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with patients of all ages, and especially loves pediatrics.

    Ashley earned her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology with a minor in family studies from Andrews University and her master's degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Vermont. She completed her clinical fellowship in a skilled nursing facility and has several years of experience in both in- and out-patient rehabilitation. Ashley also obtained a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology and is SOS feeding trained.

    In her free time, Ashley enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, camping, art projects, and spending time with her family and their dogs. She has training in basic American Sign Language and the SOS approach to feeding.

    Favorite Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.

    Favorite Therapy Toy: Pop-up Pirate

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and obtained her clinical competency certification in speech/language pathology, assistive technology professional certification from RESNA, and completed specialized training from CASANA on childhood apraxia of speech.

    In her free time, Anne enjoys skiing, hiking, sewing, and cooking.

    Favorite Book: The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane Derolf

    Favorite Therapy Toy: switch-adapted music toys

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Kristen Lofland, MS, CCC-SLP has interests in early intervention (children under 3 years of age), bilingualism, stuttering, Down syndrome, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

    Kristen earned her bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science and her master's degree in communication disorders, both from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat. 

    Favorite Therapy Book: Bob Is a Unicorn by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.

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  • Speech Therapy
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Trisha McGough, MS, CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and her master's degree in speech-language pathology, both from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship with St. Luke's Elks Children's Rehabilitation in Nampa. She has a special interest in orofacial myofunctional therapy.

    In her free time, Trisha enjoys weight lifting, dance, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

    Favorite Therapy Toy: Marble Maze.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Keri Noll, SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She has extensive experience working with infants and children and has a passion for early intervention.

    Keri earned her master's degree from Idaho State University and has worked in both home and hospital settings.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Kelly O'Leary, MS, CCC-SLP, PC has interests in childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorder. She is certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

    Kelly earned her master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of North Dakota. 

    Favorite Children's Book: I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Molly A. Reider, MA, CCC-SLP/L is trained in multiple methodologies to address motor-speech and developmental disorders in the pediatric population, with a specialty in autism spectrum disorders. She is certified in the Early Start Denver Model.

    Molly earned her bachelor's degree in Biblical studies and communication disorders from Biola University, and her master's degree in communicative disorders from California State University at Fullerton. In her free time, she loves cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and the outdoors.

    Favorite Therapy Toy: anything unexpected, like balloons, crinkle tubes, or buckets.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Annie Searcy, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in oral myofunctional therapy, autism, and stuttering, and is certified in VitalStim®.

    Annie earned her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Washington State University and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She grew up in the Boise area and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and yoga. 

    Favorite Therapy Toys: giant yoga balls and balloons.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Rhonda M. Smith, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with a variety of patients and families with speech and language needs.

    Rhonda earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Colorado Christian University and her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, playing and watching sports, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: bubbles, puzzles, and the ball machine.

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Rebecca A. Strong, MS, CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University. She also earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from ISU. She completed her clinical fellowship at St. Luke's Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital.

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, walking her dog, and going to movies. 

    Favorite Book: In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: bubbles and Mr. Potato Head.

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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