Simply Spoken Therapy
Want to get an idea of who is on the team? Keep reading!
Simply Spoken Therapy was created to fill a need to do therapy differently. After years of massive caseloads, frustrating eligibility requirements, endless paperwork and meetings, I was feeling less effective each day and was on the brink of burnout.
I knew there was a better way.
A way to connect with each child and their family and to incorporate family goals into therapy. For any parent whose child isn’t saying “mama” or “dada” yet – that is the ONLY word you want to hear, am I right?! I knew I wanted to create a culture of mutual respect, compassion, and kindness. A business where each client knows their therapist and is able to have open and honest conversations.
Fast forward to 2017 and Simply Spoken Therapy was born! A speech clinic that cares about each client, that provides exceptional therapy, and takes the time to listen to each family’s goals. We know that you will feel welcomed, heard, and respected through every step of the therapy process.
Well Hi there! I’m Amanda, speech language pathologist and proud owner of Simply Spoken Therapy.
At a very young age I knew I needed to be in a helping profession. In elementary school, I was the girl helping her peers on class assignments (and getting in trouble for talking), I was selling lemonade in middle school, and hosting fundraisers for nonprofits in high school. Looks like helping others and entrepreneurship were already in my blood!
My journey to the field of speech therapy started by following my college roommate to her Intro to Communicative Disorders lecture at UW-Whitewater. Not kidding. It checked all of my boxes so I changed my major that day and have never looked back. While I have a pretty broad range of experiences in the field, the clients that I LOVE working with are the early language learners, speech sound disorders, and kids who struggle with social skills. There is just something magical about helping a child learn to communicate. To see those lightbulb moments when they realize the power of communication and that they can use their words to make friends. It also helps that i have just as much energy and spunk as most toddlers so being a pediatric speech therapist is a dream gig for me.
When I’m not helping your little ones with their speech and communication skills, you can find me at home with my handsome hubby Pete, our sweet baby girl Maeve, and our rescue pup Shadow. Since I’m not very good at relaxing, I am most likely cleaning and organizing while an episode of The Real Housewives of fill in the blank (I watch them all) plays in the background. I am also known for my love of Bath and Body Works candles, fresh air, and all things that sparkle and shine. I am certain being an SLP is my calling and I am honored to help your child and family.
Hi, hola, bonjour, ciao, aloha! No, I am not fluent in any other language besides English, but what kind of speech language pathologist would I be if I didn’t welcome you with a bunch of synonyms for HELLO?! My name is Brittany, but a lot of my kiddos call me Ms. B! I am new to the amazing Simply Spoken Therapy team but not new to the field of speech therapy!
Just like Ms. Amanda, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders and my Masters of Science in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! GO WARHAWKS! Following graduation, I worked in short term rehabilitation and long term care with the adult and geriatric populations and then transitioned to working in pediatrics. Since then, I have been given the opportunity to work with an extremely diverse population of children with various communication disorders. I love seeing the progress my kiddos make in therapy and it is definitely a rewarding job to have! I especially enjoy my itty bitties who are working on early language skills, children with feeding disorders, as well as kids who present with severe speech and language disorders that may require other forms of communication, such as Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)! Everyone deserves a voice and every child’s needs and skills are unique. I feel honored to be the person to help your child on their journey in finding their voice and using it effectively.
When I am not working with kiddos, I am either taking long coffee walks with my husband, sketching, or decorating. Most people find this an odd hobby, but I also love to ORGANIZE! Don’t be surprised if you see me walking around with a million TO-DO lists because that is my jam! I may not have as much energy as Ms. Amanda, but I’d like to think I’m pretty close! I am so excited to be a part of this team and to meet you and your littles! Let’s do this!
Hi! I’m Kate:) I’ve known I wanted to work with kids from as early as I can remember. I’m a nurturer and a problem-solver, drawn to helping and teaching others. In my teenage years, I was a summer camp counselor, babysat constantly, and even assisted in the preschool my mom worked at. In college, I searched for a career that was a mix of both education and science, my two favorite fields. When I stumbled upon speech language pathology, I knew it was a match for me, and I have been working as a therapist for over 13 years now! I spent many years as a school-based speech language pathologist, providing support to preschool and elementary students in and out of the classroom. I have experience treating a variety of speech and language needs, particularly in the areas of early language development, play, social communication, and articulation. I love early communicators and supporting young children to find new ways to express themselves. As a therapist, I believe progress thrives on connections and relationships. Kids want to have fun! Therapy needs to be engaging and meaningful for all involved. I strive to find the just right challenge and give children and families the confidence and tools to achieve it.
On my days away from Simply Spoken Therapy, I’m busy making memories with my family (husband, Jimi, and two young kids, Olivia and James). You can find us creating pet homes and rocket ships from cardboard boxes or giant blanket forts that cover our entire living room…all by 8am! Thank goodness for my other love- coffee!! I also enjoy planning our next adventure, whether big (like a trip to Disneyland!) or small (like birthday celebrations or a day at the beach). My greatest joy is soaking in these moments with my loved ones. Time is incredibly valuable, and I’m passionate about making our time together at SST insightful and fun! It is my goal to have a positive impact in others’ lives, helping children and families in their path to improved communication, engagement, and overall well-being.
Hello! Before we get started, take a moment to breathe. Focus on pushing your stomach out as you breathe in and bringing your stomach inward as you breathe out. You, my friend, are right where you need to be.
My name is Miss Sara! Similar to Miss Brittany and Miss Amanda, I received my Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. My path in the speech and language field began when I was three years old, during my speech sound sessions to target my production of /r/. This personal experience has allowed me to form emotional and meaningful connections with students throughout my challenging graduate clinical placements. I’ve gathered an understanding of the vulnerable environment students are placed in during speech and language intervention while simultaneously being asked to complete difficult tasks.
Given my array of clinical experiences, my passion resides in collaborating with students who have language disorders and social communication difficulties. Together, we simplify language on tasks to help make wants and needs known as well as learning student’s perspectives on different “social rules” and discussing functional ways of integration. Implementing a cognitive-emotional approach allows students and I to holistically understand one another through play-based, client-led tasks. We complete informal emotional check-ins throughout the session to gauge one’s engagement and plan for the session. I believe that if the student’s emotional needs are not met, it may be difficult to attain their speech and language goals.
Outside of Simply Spoken, you can find me enjoying time outside (especially if it is VERY cold), moving my body, enjoying long car rides, and listening to funny jokes. Cleaning the kitchen or bathroom gives me great joy, so I often find myself wiping up counters and doing dishes to pass the time! I am a very empathetic person and hearing the successes of others puts a HUGE smile on my face. So, PLEASE share all the news with me because you deserve to be celebrated!! I am ecstatic to begin my speech-language pathologist career with you and your loved ones at Simply Spoken Therapy. Thank you for your patience and support!
When you walk into our office you won’t find stark white walls, a hallway of doors, or a few outdated toys in the waiting room. It was important that our clinic doesnt FEEL like a clinic. It is warm, welcoming and fun – just like our therapy services! Your little one can let his/her imagination soar while drawing on our chalkboard wall or reading in the book nook. You can relax with a fresh cup of coffee on our cute and comfy couches too. The goal was to have a space that feels comfortable, relaxing, open and bright – we hope that you agree!