Special Strong is now giving local businesses a platform to share how their services can make a difference for people with special needs. This service provider is Heart & Soul Speech, a North Texas speech therapy company.
What do you do?
North Texas Speech Therapy and More!
Heart & Soul Speech, PLLC is a speech, language, and feeding therapy practice serving families in North Texas. Heart & Soul Speech was founded by a speech-language pathologist and mother, who shares a passion for caregiver empowerment and sustainable in-home therapy. We work with children and adults in most settings depending on goals including your home, group homes, private schools, child care centers, preschool or early childhood intervention/Headstart centers, after school care facilities, and other community settings.
Our philosophy is to partner with individuals and families by using a naturalistic approach and evidence-based strategies. Caregiver coaching and hands-on practice will allow families to continue growth in environments outside of therapy sessions, thus giving individuals confidence and independence.
We focus on caregiver empowerment and offer evidence-based tools to be successful outside of therapy. You are our partners! Only the highest trained staff is available to serve you. We can support bilingual families, high-risk infants, and medically complex disorders.
We care about your individual needs and priorities to meet your speech, language, and feeding goals. The whole family and care team is included in therapy. Everyone has something to offer! Collaboration as a team ensures continuity of care with all health care professionals involved in your treatment plan. We come to you for all services. Our practice believes therapy is most sustainable and effective when needs are met in the individual’s most natural and comfortable environment.
We truly believe it is our responsibility to provide services with our whole heart and soul.
Tell us your story and why you got started.
I love being a speech-language pathologist. The flexibility -to work with all people, ages, disorders, settings, to schedule, to be creative or more structured, autonomous or collaborative -it’s all so appealing to me. Working in the field has enriched my life in ways I never expected. I knew after working with hundreds of families and starting my own family, I wanted to start my own private practice to give back to my community in my own way.
I founded Heart & Soul Speech with a clear and purposeful philosophy, one that described my dream business of helping my community and living my personal principles. The foundation of my purpose is to serve others with your whole heart and soul.
I truly believe my purpose in this life is to empower and uplift others, share and teach knowledge and skills, and provide natural and sustainable services. That is what my private practice is founded upon and why I decided to open my own business.
At Heart & Soul Speech, we partner with individuals and families with speech, language, feeding, and hearing goals. We use a naturalistic approach and evidence-based strategies to support our treatment plans. Caregiver coaching and supported practice allows families to continue growth in environments outside of therapy sessions, and therefore live with increased confidence and independence.
It is our responsibility and privilege to serve you. With our heart. With our soul. With everything we got. We are so humbled to be a small part of your journey and purpose.
If someone was considering your services, what would you want them to know?
At Heart & Soul Speech, our services and delivery model are unique in that we prioritize our three principles: empowerment, sustainability, and independence. Our work as speech-language pathologists involves engaging, enabling, and uplifting others so they can be independent in their lives.
We partner with families with speech, language, and feeding goals, help determine their priorities, identify barriers to participation, enrich their natural environment, and give them tools and support to use to be successful in their daily lives. Research shows caregivers may be as effective as therapists in implementing intervention when they receive appropriate guidance and teaching from a therapist (Roberts and Kaiser, 2011). This means our job is to facilitate and collaborate with families through supported practice. We truly believe caregivers are the experts on their children and we are a part of the team.
We also believe incorporating new skills and information must compliment what is already in place. Supporting and coaching families and giving them tools to be successful will allow independence outside of therapy. Working together to solve problems as partners creates sustainable therapy.
Research shows that opportunities to practice skills in daily life are just as important to the amount of hands-on therapy received (Novak, 2012). A natural environment is often thought of as the home – or any other setting where you may feel “at home.” However, when doing therapy in a ‘natural environment,’ it actually refers to the therapy process. The plan of care includes the family’s typical and valued activities. It’s taking the family’s priorities and targeting them in a real-world context. Children learn through participating in their everyday activities and through meaningful experiences with their family and caregivers (Woods, 2008). Typical and authentic interactions with others result in more frequent and longer engagement. It also provided natural consequences and opportunities for immediate feedback in the moment.
We believe our services based on these three principles make us a better fit for many families and allow the patient to progress.
What else do you want our readers to know?
We strive to provide the highest quality of care while meeting your needs. Our therapists are highly trained and specialized in a variety of disorders and conditions, including bilingual families. This may include the following, but please contact us with your individual needs.
Articulation and Phonological Disorders
Attention or Academic Concerns
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Cerebral Palsy and other Neurological Disorders
Childhood Apraxia of Speech & Motor Speech Disorders
Cleft Palate & Laryngomalacia
Dysphagia (swallowing disorder) and sensory feeding aversion
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Hearing Impairment (Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants)
Individuals using AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
Language Delays & Disorders
Literacy Disorders & Learning Disability
Pragmatics/Social Communication Skills
Traumatic Brain Injury
We also offer caregiver coaching for parents, caregivers, and daycare or preschool staff. Our workshops are designed with your needs in mind, fulfilling continuing education credits for many professionals. These trainings will provide education and strategies to leave you confident in your skills as a caregiver of all children. To find out more information, visit our websitehttps://heartandsoulspeech.
We invite you to contact our office at 972-439-5351 or through our website www.heartandsoulspeech.com with any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment. We keep the community educated about our services, local events, and important topics relevant to caregivers through our weekly newsletter. You can subscribe by visiting https://mailchi.mp/
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