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Express Yourself!

Express Yourself Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) offers treatment, prevention, advocacy, education, and administration, in the areas of communication and swallowing from birth through 18 years of age.

I am Kerisha Crutcher, owner and clinician for Express Yourself SLP.

 

Here is a little about me and then I’ll talk about the practice.

I am from San Diego, CA but I was raised in Wenatchee, WA. As an adult, I made the decision to move back to San Diego to take a job at a travel agency. While this provided me with unmatchable education in terms of exploration of the world, it was not fulfilling to me as a career. I wasn’t helping people in the way that I had always wanted to.

Ultimately, I made the very difficult decision (in my mid-20s) to go back to college. In 2008, I graduated with honors from one of the most prestigious Communication Disorders programs in the country at San Diego State University and began the arduous task of applying for graduate schools. After receiving a few acceptance letters, I narrowed it down to Eastern Washington University. Although Spokane was not my ideal place to live for 2 years, I would be much closer to my family in Seattle and felt that I would have more opportunities post-graduation.

After two of the hardest years of my life, it was over. I graduated and it was time for the next step. A job! I didn’t even begin the search when a friend from graduate school told me about an opportunity. This was an opportunity to work for myself in a clinic environment with children, the majority of whom, had some sort of disability. I have worked at that clinic since June, 2010 and have never second guessed the decision I made to take on this new world of owning a business AND doing what I love every single day.

Now I am moving forward, not moving on, just forward. I love my job at the pediatric clinic and do not want to give that up. Sometimes I feel as though I am missing an entire demographic of children though. Families that can’t commute to a clinic because of work schedules or school schedules or a million other reasons. This is where the idea of Express Yourself was born.

Now, about the practice…

These are the areas of speech, language and feeding I work on with children in their own homes or in the community:

Articulation – finding the right place in the mouth to make a sound like /s/ or /r/.

Expressive Language – grammar, vocabulary development, and language development (this might be sign language or verbal language)

Disfluency (stuttering) – decreasing and eliminating disfluency and concomitant behaviors associated with stuttering.

Feeding – increasing food repetoire including textures, colors, and flavors.

Receptive Language – comprehension of verbal or signed language

Social Language – understanding and implementing expected social rules in play and conversation. This can be individually or in groups with peers

Here is a helpful link to check out what is typical or not for your child:

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/

Sessions are 50 minutes.

Parents or caregivers must be present when sessions are in the home. If the caregiver would like a community outting, the child must be driven to the desired location by a caregiver or it should be within walking distance of the home. Parents or caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to join in community outtings.

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About Express Yourself SLP

Express Yourself Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) offers treatment, prevention, advocacy, education, and administration, in the areas of communication and swallowing from birth through 18 years of age These are the areas of speech, language and feeding I work on with chidlren in their own homes or in the community: Articulation – finding the right place in the mouth to make a sound like /s/ or /r/. Expressive Language – grammar, vocabulary development, and language development (this might be sign language or verbal language) Disfluency (stuttering) – decreasing and eliminating disfluency and concomitant behaviors associated with stuttering. Feeding – increasing food repetoire including textures, colors, and flavors. Receptive Language - comprehension of verbal or signed language Social Language – understanding and implementing expected social rules in play and conversation. This can be individually or in groups with peers Sessions are 50 minutes. Parents or caregivers must be present when sessions are in the home. If the caregiver would like a community outting, the child must be driven to the desired location by a caregiver or it should be within walking distance of the home. Parents or caregivers are also welcome and encouraged to join in community outtings.

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