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I've been practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist since 1999. I specialized in serving children with Autism and nonverbal children with Augmentative Alternative Communication Devices. I had 4 children under the age of 4 in 2011. All 4 of my children were speech delayed and had Individualized Education Plans in preschool. Once they entered elementary school, they struggled to keep up in class. They were not meeting reading and math standards. This is when I discovered that my 4 dear children have the same learning disability I grew up with but hid due to shame. I have 4 beautiful dyslexic children who are smart and very capable. Unfortunately, our schools could not help them learn. I now homeschool them. As part of my advocacy work for my children, I learned many methodologies which have taken me 1000s of hours to learn and that learning never stops. I now specialize in literacy (reading, spelling) and math intervention in addition to your typical speech language intervention.
I utilize the following methodologies:
Making Math Real - 1st grade through high school
Structured Word Inquiry - Reading/Spelling Intervention
PROMPT - Speech Intervention
Chancery Script - Handwriting
Grammar - Hands On Linking Blocks
Verbal Behavior - Autism Therapy
Pivotal Response Treatment - Autism Therapy
Hanen Therapy - Play Based Language Therapy
LAMP Words For Life - Augmentative Alternative Communication
I'm not just a Speech Language Pathologist but I'm a mama bear of 4 dyslexic children who I homeschool. My learning never ends. When I'm not working, I'm continuing to take classes to be the best therapist I can be. I'm also involved in the Lab School Mentorship Program through Making Math Real Institute. I will never just be the "professional." I will always be the mom standing by your side advocating with you to get all the services your child needs and deserves. Every child deserves a voice! Every child deserves to be literate and reach their educational goals without the help of spell check or a calculator. Assistive technology is GREAT and it does not replace authentically learning how to read, spell, write and succeed in math! Our kids futures depend on it!
Making Math Real Intervention
I've taken the following classes: Overview, 9 lines, 4 Operations, Games, Long Division Intensive, Decimal Long Division Intensive, Comparing Fractions Intensive, Fractions, Decimals & Advanced Place Value, Geometry 1 & 2, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2.
I plan to take the Kindergarten and Time & Money courses the next time these classes are offered.
I've taken nearly all the courses multiple times and will continue to retake courses. I'm currently involved with the Lab School Mentorship Program. The intended structure of the LSMP is students’ parents pay for David Berg’s mentoring services. This means that if parents would like David’s direct involvement in their child’s/children’s ongoing intervention services, the parents cover the costs of his services as well as the costs of the MMR practitioner.
Making Math Real is a simultaneous multisensory structured methodology to successfully transfer the hands on experience of concrete mathematics to specific reconstruction in abstract, symbolic form.
Disclaimer: Kellie Henkel in utilizing Making Math Real® (MMR®) methods, is in no way affiliated with, a member of, or employed by the Making Math Real Institute (MMRI), and does not represent or reflect MMR® or David Berg in any way whatsoever. Neither the MMRI nor David Berg has certified or licensed Kellie Henkel. MMR® is a clinical methodology, not a program or a curriculum, and neither the MMRI nor David Berg monitors, endorses, or accounts for the quality of services provided by Kellie Henkel.
Structured Word Inquiry (SWI)
Our written language is not based on phonics. "Sounding words out" will not get you very far. After you follow the false phonics rules, you are left with a bunch of "rule breakers" called "sight words." There is no such thing as a "sight word." That is phonics way of telling you that phonics is a flawed system for the English Language. Why else do you think our literacy rates are so poor and our kids can't spell?
Our written language needs to be studied through orthographic linguistics, studying 3 elements together: etymology, morphology and phonology. Etymology is where the word comes from (Greek, Latin, Old English). Etymology has a big part in how we spell words. Morphology includes bound and free bases in addition to affixes. Phonology can only be studied in a word, not in isolation. The phonology within a word family can change. Notice how the phonology of the <t> changes across the <act> word family: action, actual, acting, reaction, actor. Some letters say nothing at all like the <w> in <two> or <g> in <sign> or <i> in <family> or the <ugh> in <daughter>. There are good reasons why these words are spelled with silent letters. Studying these words using SWI will reveal the reason why we spell words the way we do and it is actually really beautiful.
We always study words within the word family. Never a list of random words that sound alike. We look at words that have the same base and same meaning. We read for meaning after all! Spelling = Meaning! Lets be a word scientist together!
LAMP Words For Life
PROMPT speech therapy involves the therapist using their hands to move the Child's lips, jaw and tongue. Some children can imitate speech movements but some children with severe apraxia can't imitate those speech movements, so traditional therapy doesn't work. Words are selected based on a motor speech hierarchy but also selected based on what is most meaningful to the child. I became certified in this methodology in 2000 only one year out of graduate school and have been using it since with a high success rate.
LAMP Words For Life is a method I use for children who can't produce verbal speech are have only a few sounds but need to communicate. It is an amazing Augmentative Alternative Communication App that children can use to communicate their wants and needs through voice output. I am AAC certified.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
I can't answer that question without first evaluating your child. I do see some children once a week and some children 15 hours a week and everywhere in between.
My youngest client is typically 2 years of age and my oldest is typically adult.
I do not accept insurance. I can give you a superbill with the CPT code for Speech Language Therapy which is 92507. Diagnosis codes vary based on the child but the most common ones are: F80.2 Dyslexia, F84.0 Autism, R48.2 Apraxia of Speech. I'm a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. Not all of my services fall under that licensure and medical codes. For example, math intervention would not be a service that falls under "Speech Language Therapy."
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You will be given a full client intake with detailed policies that you will need to sign before therapy can begin. Below is a summary of the main policies but please reference your detailed and signed copy.
1. Hourly rate is 50 minutes. Half hour is 25 minutes.
2. Prepay for all sessions one month at a time using the Fixed tuition based model to hold weekly therapy spots. Or Prepay for 4 sessions at a time using the Flex scheduling model where the time/day of services vary based on availability.
3. 48-hour cancelation policy to avoid full session cost. If you cancel with 48 hours notice, you will be offered make up session to be used within 30 days.
4. Schedule changes will be permanent and previous sessions will be released. Sessions can't be held for summer vacations. If you take time off, you lose the therapy spot, unless you are paying to hold the therapy spot.
5. No refunds.
6. Every year on 9/1 the hourly fee will be raised by $5 per hour.
Please read below to determine which scheduling model best matches your needs.
1. FIXED MODEL:
To reserve and keep weekly therapy sessions, I require clients to prepay for all sessions once a month using a tuition-based model. Prepayment is required to hold reserved weekly therapy sessions. The Fixed model allows families to keep their preferred day/time each week. A consistent schedule allows for maximum progress. If you are on the fixed schedule and need to change your schedule (summer), the change will be considered permanent, and your previous therapy spot will be released.
Tuition: The tuition for the month is based the number of days in each month. Most months will be the same tuition. Some months will be less due to occasional office closures or the month having fewer days. For example, if your weekly session falls on a Monday and the office is open 4 Mondays that month, you will be charged for all 4 Mondays (regardless of your ability to make all the sessions or not). Keep in mind that I hold your weekly therapy spot, regardless of your attendance. This model is similar to private schools, camps, music lessons, etc. If I’m holding a weekly therapy appointment for your child and my office is open, you will be billed for the session. Invoicing: Invoices are sent by the 15th of each month outlining all session dates for the following month. Payments are expected no later than the 25th of each month. Please make a note of your reoccurring appointments. Schedule changes or termination of services should be made before monthly billing cycle. By paying the invoice, you agree to all policies and the outlined dates of service in the invoice.
2. FLEX MODEL: If families can’t commit to weekly sessions, therapy openings are offered as they occur. This works for families who want sessions every other week or once a month. The time and day of the offered sessions can’t be guaranteed and will vary week by week. Prepayment of 4 sessions is required to be on the Flex model scheduling list. This model works well for families that can't commit to weekly sessions. Once payment of 4 sessions is received, you can schedule the sessions and spread them out over a few months.