Holly Willis’ work as a licensed speech/language pathologist has shown her that nearly every child has the capacity to learn when provided with the tools they need to be successful. Her approach includes treating the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, flexibility in addressing each child’s unique needs, patience and compassion. Holly received her masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Texas Christian University in 2000. She has been in private practice since that time. She provides evaluations and therapy for children who have speech, language, and auditory disorders. She has expertise and extensive education in evaluating and treating feeding issues (picky eaters, tube and button fed kids, etc.) and oral motor impairments that affect the child’s ability to learn to talk.
Holly has been trained in various feeding and oral motor programs including Kay Toomey’s SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach, Elizabeth Clawson and Carol Elliott’s Management of Complex Feeding Disorders, and Lori Overland’s Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding to name a few. Oral motor techniques include training in the Talk Tools Horn and Straws programs, and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Holly has received training in the PROMPT Method through the PROMPT Institute and is excited about the positive results many children experience with this apraxia program. She also uses the Kaufman Program for Apraxia, which is designed to tie the oral motor program to the child’s development of speech and spoken language.
Sheri Wiggins is a licensed speech/language pathologist. She received her masters degree from the University of North Texas. She has extensive experience working with pediatric patients conducting both formal and informal, play-based assessments and implementing multi-sensory therapy techniques. While raising her four boys, she worked as the preschool director for her church, providing ample hands-on involvement with behavioral challenges and overall development of the preschool child. This experience provided her with her mission statement: meet a child where they are and take them to where you want them to be.
Areas of interest and specialty include cleft palate, language development, sensory processing, oral-motor impairments, and communication disorders associated with autism spectrum disorder. In addition, she has experience with aural rehabilitation and hearing impairment. Sheri has been trained in various oral-motor and motor planning programs, but finds that “one size does not fit all,” preferring to crafted a plan to address each child’s individual needs. She has received training in the PROMPT Method through the PROMPT Institute and finds this to be a valuable tool appropriate for a variety of communication disorders. Additionally, Sheri has attended several of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking workshops and realizes the importance of incorporating healthy, positive social skill into therapy plans. Furthermore, she values the role that play has in therapy noting, “Young children learn best through play that is relevant and meaningful to them.”
Trish Walberg is a licensed speech language pathologist who received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of North Texas. She has worked in the public school setting for five years and has experience with children ages 3 to 14 presenting at various levels of functioning. Most recently, Trish served as the speech language pathologist on the Early Childhood assessment team and provided direct therapy to preschoolers in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) in her former district.
She has attended training by Dr. Marilyn Monteiro regarding the evaluation of children on the Autism Spectrum, has extensive experience working with children presenting with a wide range of abilities, and has been trained specifically in Applied Behavioral Analysis Techniques. Furthermore, she has attended training focused on the theories and implementation of The Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), which is often used to teach communication skills to those without established functional communication systems. In addition, Trish has attended trainings regarding the evaluation and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech by both Nancy Kaufman and Dr. Edythe Strand. Her experience continues to prove to her that “sometimes, real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles” and when you give a child the ability to communicate, you open a door to endless possibilities.
Stephanie Malazzo is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of North Texas. She has experience working in a variety of settings including a hospital, public school at the elementary level, and a private school specializing in learning differences. For the past four years, Stephanie has worked as an in-class Speech-Language Pathologist within a Montessori environment for preschool children with speech/language disorders and sensory integration difficulties.
Stephanie has extensive experience working with children ages 3-6 and has attended many trainings to learn more about child development. Stephanie's position as an in-class SLP led her to a training focused on Michelle Garcia Winner’s "Social Thinking" presented by Kari Palmer. Stephanie also received training by Dr. Edythe Strand and Nancy Kaufman regarding the evaluation and treatment of children with Apraxia of Speech. She has Level 1 training in Applied Behavioral Analysis Techniques and additionally she has attended The Hanen Centre’s “It Takes Two to Talk” which teaches ways to develop language skills in a fun and natural manner.
Stephanie’s experiences have shown her that “if we give children the opportunity to communicate in meaningful ways, there’s no limit to how far they can go!”