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Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Alissa Johnson

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In Home Speech Therapy Services
Alissa Johnson, MS, CCC-SLP is an independent speech language pathologist serving the pediatric population in the South King County, Washington. Her areas of strength are autism, receptive/expressive language, articulation/phonology, and childhood apraxia of speech. She has worked with children in private clinics, schools, and home-based early intervention. Alissa speaks Spanish and provided speech services, in Costa Rica, with Clinica La Farfalla.

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 inspired by Vygotsky's zones of proximal development to drive therapy and facilitate progress.

"I've found that therapy is most effective when children are guided to discover their own development."

Alissa provides in home therapy services in West Seattle and Burien.
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 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 area of expertise.

After being in the field for several years, I still find the complexity of speech and language acquisition and development quite interesting. Not only that, but working with children is a lot of fun. In addition to their general cuteness, I enjoy 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 can live on that high for several days. It's rewarding to see children slowly come into themselves through communication - thus 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  Child Speech/Language Disorders  Speech Sound Disorders
 Accent Reduction  Developmental Delays  Stuttering
 Apraxia  Language-Based Learning Disabilities  Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke
 Autism Spectrum Disorders  Motor Speech Disorders
Certifications
 ASHA Certified Audiologist (CCC-A)
Education/Training
University of Washington, M.S. Speech Language Pathology.
Portland State University - B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences
Memberships
American Speech and Language Association
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, venmo, paypal