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Speech-Language Pathologist in Seattle, WA

Alissa Johnson

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West Seattle to Burien Speech Language Therapy
Alissa Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP is an independent speech language pathologist serving the pediatric population from West Seattle to Burien. Her areas of strength are: autism, receptive/expressive language, articulation/phonology, and childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She is especially passionate about CAS and continually seeks to improve her knowledge and skill set in that area. Alissa has worked with children in private clinics, schools, and home-based early intervention. She speaks Spanish and provided speech services, in Costa Rica, with Clinica La Farfalla. In July 2019, Alissa led a professional workshop on speech sound production for teachers in Nebaj, Guatemala.

When working with your child, Alissa takes into consideration family needs/goals, the child's interests, and developmental scales. She uses the DIR/Floortime model to keep therapy fun and to motivate children to communicate. Alissa is PROMPT Level I trained.

"I've found that therapy is most effective when children are guided to discover their own development."
Bio
When I was deciding on a major in college, a friend told me that I would make a good speech pathologist. I took their suggestion and did exactly nothing with it... Until one day, I met a fellow student who was studying speech and hearing sciences. I asked her how she liked her major and to this day, I can remember her response verbatim: "It's pretty awesome. You should stop whatever you're doing and do this instead." After that conversation, I called a few speech pathologists and asked if I could interview and observe them. The first speech therapy session I ever observed fascinated me. The speech pathologist literally had to sit the child down and teach them how to talk. I remember thinking to myself: "I could see myself doing this and loving it!" And so, in my senior year of college, I changed my major and ever since then I have pursued knowledge/more experience in this field.

After being in the field for several years, I still find the complexity of speech and language acquisition and development quite interesting. I also enjoy working with children because I love their curiosity and enthusiasm. When I see a child grasp how to communicate, or if we have an "aha!" moment in a therapy session, I gotta say - that feels pretty great! It's rewarding to see children come into themselves through communication - revealing their unique personalities. I consider myself fortunate to be able to serve children in a way that is both meaningful and interesting.

I seek to better my clinical skills through continuing education particularly in the areas of: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Phonology, and Autism/Social Skills.
Practice Areas
 Speech-Language Therapy  English as a Second Language
 Accent Reduction  Language-Based Learning Disabilities
 Apraxia  Learning Disabilities
 Autism Spectrum Disorders  Motor Speech Disorders
 Child Speech/Language Disorders  Speech Sound Disorders
 Developmental Delays
Certifications
 ASHA Certified Audiologist (CCC-A)  Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (State)
Education/Training
University of Washington, Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Portland State University, Bachelor of Art in Speech and Hearing Sciences.
Payments Accepted
Check, cash, ivy pay
Hours:8am - 6pm
Cost/Session:$135
Location
SeattleWA 98116
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