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Meet Our Snohomish Center Speech Language Pathologist [SLP]
Kelleen earned her B.S. in Communication Disorders at the University of Washington before continuing at UW to earn her Master’s in Speech Language Pathology (Go Dawgs!). While at the University of Washington, Kelleen also completed two theses in the area of autism and communication.
After completing her training under a behavioral speech pathologist at Seattle Children’s Autism Center, she began providing speech and language services at Magnolia in 2015. Growing up as the sibling to a child with autism sparked a passion for supporting communication but also gave her a unique perspective on the key role of the family.
Kelleen has worked with children ranging from 18 months to early adulthood in a variety of areas including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), childhood apraxia of speech, expressive and receptive language, pragmatics, articulation, fluency and voice. Kelleen is a Hanen certified speech pathologist. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, exploring, or reading a good book.
More Than Words Program
For Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
About the “More Than Words” Program
More Than Words is a program that provides parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or social communication difficulties with practical tools to help their children communicate.
This unique program was developed by expert speech-language pathologists at The Hanen Centre. More Than Words is offered to parents around the world by Hanen Certified Speech Language Pathologists/therapists who have received specialized training from The Hanen Centre.
Why Are Parents Involved in the More Than Words Program?
Parents are the most important people in their child’s life, as well as their child’s best teacher. As a parent, one of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the help he or she needs to communicate and connect with the world. In the More Than Words Program, you learn practical and powerful strategies to help your child communicate and interact during everyday routines and activities. It is within these familiar and repetitive interactions that your child’s communication skills will grow .
What Parents Learn in the More Than Words Program
- How your child communicates right now and the next steps to take
- How your child learns best and how to take advantage of these preferences
- What motivates your child to communicate
- How to turn everyday activities into opportunities for learning to communicate
- How to help your child understand what you say
- How to develop your child’s play skills
- How to help your child make friends