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Speech Therapy

SPEECH THERAPY TREATMENTS

Speech and language therapy treatments focus on the development of receptive and expressive language. Speech therapists improve social and communication skills, which enable children with special needs to express wants and needs more effectively and to develop appropriate social skills.

Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy  helps to improve a variety of problems and conditions. After an initial consultation, our staff is able to accurately assess if a child will benefit from speech therapy treatments. Children with special needs such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Down syndrome, and stuttering issues, as well as those with the following conditions could benefit from speech therapy:

  • Hearing delays associated with cochlear implants
  • Voice and fluency differences
  • Receptive and expressive language deficits
  • Social skill impairments
  • Apraxia
  • Articulation issues
  • Tongue thrust
  • Auditory processing and comprehension

Our speech-language pathologists can also assist families with the use of augmentative and assistive communication (AAC) devices.

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MEET OUR FRIENDLY SPEECH THERAPY TEAM

Bradi Anderson

Speech Language Pathologist

bradia@ptcne.org

Bradi Anderson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Bradi also works at an elementary school in the metropolitan area where she primarily works with children ages 3-10. Bradi has experience working with a variety of communication needs. She has experience working with students and patients with apraxia of speech, learning disabilities, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders. Additionally, she has experience working with children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and hearing loss. Bradi frequently attends professional development opportunities to better serve her patients and students. She is passionate in providing individualized services and helping children increase their independence in various communicative settings.

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Kelsie Bateman

Speech Therapist

kelsieb@ptcne.org

Kelsie Bateman graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She discovered the field of Speech Pathology with the help of a high school career counselor and a job shadow experience at a neighboring elementary school. Kelsie was drawn to speech therapy because of her passion for working with children. In addition to the pediatric therapy outpatient setting, she has experience working with adolescents in the school setting. She has experience working with students and patients with articulation and phonological disorders, learning disabilities, receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders. She has worked with children who use various low-tech and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids/devices. Kelsie has attended various continuing education workshops in the areas of visual phonics, literacy, AAC, speech sound disorders, and social communication. She enjoys working with patients and their families to make therapy meaningful and relevant to patients’ everyday lives. The most rewarding part of her career is watching patients grow in their ability to communicate with their families.

Megan Justice

Speech Therapist

meganj@ptcne.org

Megan Justice received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Megan currently works full time at an elementary school in the Omaha metropolitan area; however, she also has experience working in a middle school. Megan has experience working with individuals with varying communication needs. She has provided therapy to children with childhood apraxia of speech, articulation, and phonological disorders. She has experience working with receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders; as well as children with fluency disorders and hearing impairments. Megan works with several children on the autism spectrum on language and social skills. Finally, she enjoys working with children that utilize low tech and high tech Augmentative and Assistive Communication (AAC) devices. Megan is passionate about helping children learn to communicate. She has attended several workshops to further her education regarding inclusion, visual phonics, speech sound disorders, and speech-language services for children on the autism spectrum.

Monica Ortiz-Kirby

Speech Language Pathologist

monicaok@ptcne.org

Monica Ortiz-Kirby relocated to Omaha in 2016 and is originally from the Bronx, New York. Monica originally obtained her Associates Degree in Computer Science, and later obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY-Lehman College after her aunt suffered a stroke in NY. The shortage of bilingual SLPs in NY highlighted a need, which Monica felt fortunate to fill. She went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at New York University. Monica had the opportunity to attend the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Institute at Columbia University to obtain her certification as a Bilingual Therapist in the State of NY. Upon graduating, Monica worked as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist at United Cerebral Palsy of NY, a special education pre-school program, where she provided therapy and evaluations as part of a multi-disciplinary team of educators and therapists serving children with special needs including Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and medically fragile diagnoses in children ages 1-4 years. Monica was able to gain valuable skills in evaluations, augmentative communication, oral motor skills, articulation, and early language development while in NY. She took her skills to Massachusetts when her family relocated there to help friends start a new church. While in MA, Monica worked for 8 years in the public school setting, where she worked as the lead SLP in her elementary school serving grades K-3 in two district special education programs designed for students presenting with language and behavioral/emotional impairments providing treatment and evaluation for articulation, language, social pragmatics, and auditory processing. She has enjoyed a career of over 15 years helping families and their children develop optimal communication skills for both the academic and social settings. She looks forward to bringing her valuable experience to the Omaha, NE area and PTC community as she and her husband pursue the ministry opportunities that brought them to NE!

Brielle Suponchick

Speech Language Pathologist

brielles@ptcne.org

Brielle Suponchick graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Speech-language Pathology. She initially became interested in the field by taking an introductory to Communication Sciences course in undergrad and has never looked back. Prior to her full-time transition to the outpatient pediatric setting, she served in public education and the home health settings where she worked with children ranging from early childhood to 6th grade. Brielle has experience in evaluating for and programming high tech AAC devices, working with articulation and phonological, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, fluency, social/pragmatic, and voice disorders. She has attended continuing education workshops specifically focused on various types of AAC communicators. The most enjoyable part of her job is working closely with children and their families to target functional goals that assist in daily living.

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Amanda Kuhlenengel

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

amandau@ptcne.org

Amanda Kuhlenengel graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has always enjoyed working with children and developed her love for speech language pathology while studying elementary education. Amanda has previous work experience in the school based setting as a speech language technician. She has experience working with articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, fluency disorders, and learning disabilities as well as working with children with autism and Down syndrome. Amanda has also worked with several children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. She plans to continue her education in Speech-Language Pathology and hopes to receive her master’s degree in this field. Amanda has a passion for working with children and watching them succeed with their everyday goals.