About The Speech Spot

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About The Spot: 

The Speech Spot is a private speech and language practice dedicated to serving the needs of its clients and families. We strive to provide each family with the individualized attention that is sometimes lacking with larger clinic models and practices.  We provide flexible after school hours as well as some weekend availability to meet the needs of active families.  We have dedicated therapy rooms and the resources to specifically target a variety of speech and language  needs.  

 

 The Speech Spot specializes in services for children in birth through high school. However, please call to discuss your child's needs to determine if we are able to provide services. 

We accept private paying clients and help families navigate the insurance reimbursement process as we are out-of-network with all insurance panels at this time. Often times Flex Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts can be used towards to cost of speech/language therapy. Call us to inquire more about how we can help you contact your provider for reimbursement. 

After six years of growth, The Speech Spot has once again expanded to  a multi-office therapy center in the heart of downtown Kirkwood, MO to better serve our families .  We are located in the 112 W. Jefferson Ave. building  in the midst of all the shops, restaurants  and family entertainment Kirkwood  has to offer!

 

You are @ the SPOT!

Why The Spot?: 

The Speech Spot provides individual, goal orientated speech and language sessions for your child. Sessions are thoughtfully planned out with your child's needs in mind. The Speech Spot is designed to service families looking for a primary speech therapist and for those looking to supplement existing school services.  We will see students who attend public school, private schools, or who are homeschooled. Please call to discuss your child's needs and schedule an initial consultation. 

 

The Speech Spot also provides early childhood intervention for the birth-3 population. We understand and support the early intervention model and have seen first hand that with a little help our littlest friends can make great strides in their growth and development that will provide them with the foundational skills for a lifetime of learning. 

 

 

STAFF

Elizabeth Dunn, M.S. CCC-SLP

     Owner/ Speech Therapist

Experience:

Elizabeth is the co-owner of The Speech Spot and has eleven years experience in the speech and language field in a variety of settings.  She specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation and speech impairments,  phonological disorders, apraxia, and language processing impairments. Elizabeth has a particular passion for speech articulation disorders and language disorders. She enjoys developing rapport beyond the therapy setting and making her clients and families feel at ease with the process of therapy. 

 

Background & Education:

  • Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University

  • Bachelor of science in Speech-Language Hearing Disorders from the University of Kansas.

 

Licenses/Certifications:

 

Additional information:

  • Presenter on Executive Function Skills and Strategies for Therapists and Teachers

  • Social Thinking Conference (Michelle Garcia Winner)  Attendee 

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association ACE award 

Kate Robertson, M.A. CCC-SLP

Owner/Speech Therapist 

Experience:

Kate is the co-owner of The Speech Spot and has ten years of experience in the speech and language field. She brings experience from the private practice setting and Saint Louis Children's Hospital to The Speech Spot. She has experience treating Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, hearing impairment, cleft palate, articulation disorders, receptive/expressive language deficits, tongue thrust swallow, phonological disorders, and apraxia of speech. Kate is skilled in providing evaluations and assessments and has an eye for details. Kate enjoys building rapport with her clients and always has a fun activity up her sleeve! 

Background & Education:

  • Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University 

  • Bachelors of Arts in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Saint Louis University 

Licenses/Certifications:

 

Experience: 

Caitlin brings nine years of experience in the speech and language field to The Speech Spot. She has provided speech and language therapy primarily in the school setting  prior to The Speech Spot. Her time in the schools has provided her with a wealth of knowledge about a variety of speech and language disorders. Caitlin has a particular passion and interest in the early childhood population, AAC, and phonological disorders. She enjoys building relationships with her clients as well as their families and is happy to provide strategies for carryover at home. 

Background & Education: 

  • Master of  Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kansas  

  • Bachelor of General Studies  in Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders from the University of Kansas 

Licenses/Certifications: 

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association- Certificate of Clinical Competence 

  • Missouri Board of Healing Arts Certification 

  • Speech-Language Pathology Certificate from Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

 

Experience: 

Kristen brings four years of experience working in the speech and language field to The Speech Spot. She currently also works in an elementary school setting. She also has experience working in an Acute Care setting with adults, as well as some school setting experience with the Middle and High School populations.  She has experience working with students in the areas of articulation, phonological disorders, AAC, early language learning, language disorders as they relate to the educational setting, fluency, and  she has worked with a variety of students on the Autism Spectrum.

 

Background & Education:

  • Masters of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Truman State University

  • Bachelor of Health Science degree in the area of Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

 

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence  from the American Speech Language Hearing Association

  • Missouri Board of Healing Arts License in Speech Language Pathology 

Emily Carpenter M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist 

Experience

Emily brings four years of experience in the field of speech and language to The Speech Spot. She currently also works in the elementary school setting. Prior to that, she worked two years at a high school, while working part-time at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Through these positions Emily has gained experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual disabilities, speech-sound disorders, language disorders, fluency and voice disorders, and those who use AAC devices. She likes to incorporate games, play, and literacy into therapy when possible to increase engagement. 

 

Background and Education

  • Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Missouri State University 

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Missouri State University

 

Licenses/Certifications

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association - Certificate of Clinical Competence

  • Missouri Board of Healing Arts Certification

  • Student Services Certificate from Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Experience: 

Gretchen brings four years of experience in the field of speech and language to The Speech Spot. Before recently relocating to St. Louis, Gretchen worked in the private practice setting where she used to live in Northwest Arkansas. She has experience treating articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has special interest in early childhood intervention. 

 

Background and Education: 

  • Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas

  • Bachelors of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas

Licenses/Certification: 

  • American Speech Language Hearing Association -- Certificate of Clinical Competence

  • Missouri Board of Healing Arts Certification

Experience: 

Andrea comes to The Speech Spot with five years of experience in the education field. Andrea has worked in the special education setting,  K-12,  and focused on individualized instruction in reading and writing. She evaluated students for specific needs in reading, fluency, and comprehension. Andrea's areas of interest include reading comprehension, decoding, fluency, written expression and paragraph writing and organization skills associated with writing. Andrea has worked with the Wilson and SPIRE programs. 

Background and Education: 

  • Masters in Reading from Webster University 

  • Bachelors of Science in Special Education Cross Categorical K-12 from the University of Missouri 

License/Certification: 

  • Reading Specialist Certification 

Andrea Wiele 

Reading Specialist