Andrea L. Silva Martinez, SLP works with pediatric patients of all ages facing speech and language difficulties, often utilizing play-based therapy with her younger patients. She frequently works with patients with autism, and specializes in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), including both low- and high-tech assistive devices. She has a passion for working with bilingual and bicultural patients and families, especially members of the Hispanic community.
Andrea was inspired to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist when she saw how much therapy services could have benefitted her grandfather, who lived with Parkinson's disease. She recognizes that only a small percentage of speech-language pathologists are bilingual nationwide and is committed to helping improve awareness of speech therapy services among the Hispanic community.
Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at Idaho State University, where she also completed a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Her graduate thesis focused on bilingual AAC and the effects of switching between languages on communication outcomes.
Andrea grew up in Twin Falls and is proud to serve patients and families in her hometown. In her free time, she enjoys reading, collecting vinyl records and cassettes, and exploring new hobbies. She is particularly inspired by pottery and dance.