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Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

Pediatric speech-language therapy at St. Luke’s Children’s helps babies, kids, and teens learn to communicate or improve feeding ability. We help children to express themselves by using either their voice or an augmentative communication device. Your child’s therapy may include games, flashcards, and other activities that make sessions fun, while improving articulation and receptive and expressive communication.

We also help children who have trouble with feeding or swallowing. Our speech therapists are highly trained and/or certified in assistive technology professional (ATP), interactive metronome, pediatric vital stim, hanen, and PROMPT.

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    Stephanie Balais, MS, CCC-SLP works with children who have cleft lip and palates, velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), and resonance issues. She also has interests in early intervention, fluency issues, Down syndrome, autism, and ADHD assessment and treatment for children with executive function deficits. 

    Stephanie earned her master's degree from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, camping, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

    Favorite Book: School Bugs by David Carter.

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    Kristin Booton, MS, CCC/SLP specializes in augmentative communication, including programming and implementation for many different augmentative/high tech speech generating devices and iPad applications. She has training in feeding and swallowing disorders, breastfeeding/infant latching, completes videofluoroscopic swallow studies, and is an SOS feeding therapist. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and loves using books in therapy.

    Kristin earned her master's degree in speech and hearing sciences from Portland State University. In her free time, she loves to hike, run, camp, and play outside with her husband and children.

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    Mindi Carr, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with language delays in both preschool and adolescent age groups. She is certified in Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk® and works in both outpatient rehabilitation and with the NICU follow-up clinic.

    Mindi is an Idaho native and earned her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University.

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    Jennifer Cenarrusa, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in treating pediatric patients of all ages with cleft palate, as well as adolescents and teens with voice disorders including vocal cord dysfunction. She is particularly passionate about working with the cleft palate population, and enjoys helping to improve her patients' speech and quality of life.

    Jennifer earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She enjoys traveling, running, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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    Jeremy Chatterton, MS-CCC works in the outpatient pediatric setting and is passionate about improving speech, language, and overall communication skills and abilities for children of all ages. He has advanced training in creating treatment plans unique to each individual with an emphasis on prompt therapy for childhood apraxia of speech or severe speech delays. He also uses motivating toys and activities to promote overall language use and development for late talkers or children who need to expand overall language skills.

    Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Brigham Young University, and his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. He is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and is committed to continuing education.

    In his free time, Jeremy enjoys camping, four wheeling, and spending time outside with his family.

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    Jennifer Hietala, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in feeding, lactation, and swallowing disorders. Her certifications include VitalStim®, Beckman Oral Motor, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Jennifer uses a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in working with each patient and family. She prioritizes keeping feeding safe and positive as patients and families move through therapies.  

    Jennifer earned a bachelor's degree in health science studies from Boise State University where she was also a member of the Broncos' NCAA Division I women’s golf team. She earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University.

    Jennifer holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She was a significant contributor in developing St. Luke’s Children’s outpatient feeding program.   

    In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters. 

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    Cara Jackson, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities, and likes to include the whole family. She has interests in early intervention, phonological disorders, and autism.

    Cara earned her master's degree from the University of Montana. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and participating in her community.

    Favorite Book: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

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    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado and obtained her clinical competency certification in speech/language pathology, assistive technology professional certification from RESNA, and completed specialized training from CASANA on childhood apraxia of speech.

    In her free time, Anne enjoys skiing, hiking, sewing, and cooking.

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    Kristen Lofland, MS, CCC-SLP has interests in early intervention (children under 3 years of age), bilingualism, stuttering, Down syndrome, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

    Kristen earned her bachelor's degree in speech and hearing science and her master's degree in communication disorders, both from Arizona State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat. 

    Favorite Therapy Book: Bob Is a Unicorn by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.

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    Trisha McGough, MS, CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology and her master's degree in speech-language pathology, both from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship with St. Luke's Elks Children's Rehabilitation in Nampa. She has a special interest in orofacial myofunctional therapy.

    In her free time, Trisha enjoys weight lifting, dance, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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    Jenna Miller, SLP works primarily with preschool-age patients who have autism, Down's syndrome, and/or delayed speech. She also specializes in orofacial myofunctional therapy, which helps to improve swallowing and tongue placement. Jenna emphasizes a whole-child approach to care by encouraging play, providing families with supportive resources, and ensuring continuity of support in both school and home environments.

    Jenna is particularly passionate about inspiring a sense of fun and wonder in her patients. She developed the Magic Valley's Kids and Rigs event, a community outreach program that allows kids to interact with and explore big machinery like fire trucks, dump trucks, and construction equipment. This event is open to kids throughout the community and provides exciting experiences in a safe environment, especially for children with sensory processing disorders.

    Jenna earned a bachelor's degree in communication science disorders and a master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University.

    An Idaho native, Jenna and her husband have three daughters. In their free time, they enjoy camping, spending time outdoors, and shopping.

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    Keri Noll, SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She has extensive experience working with infants and children and has a passion for early intervention.

    Keri earned her master's degree from Idaho State University and has worked in both home and hospital settings.

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    Kelly O'Leary, MS, CCC-SLP, PC has interests in childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorder. She is certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

    Kelly earned her master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of North Dakota. 

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    Rebecca Partridge, SLP specializes in literacy; voice disorders such as vocal cord dysfunction and hoarseness; and fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering. She primarily works with patients over the age of three. In her practice, Rebecca emphasizes the importance of meeting kids where they are. She enjoys empowering kids to find ways to express themselves effectively, and helping to improve communication and understanding for an entire family.

    Rebecca is passionate about ensuring diverse representation in population, culture, and ability across therapy materials, and is leading work at St. Luke's to improve inclusivity.

    Rebecca earned a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations at the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of Memphis.

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking in the Idaho wilderness.

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    Molly A. Reider, MA, CCC-SLP/L specializes in autism spectrum disorders. She was the first therapist in Idaho to become certified in the Early Start Denver Model, and is a co-leader for the St. Luke's Children’s Rehabilitation autism team. She has experience and training in motor speech and other developmental disorders. 

    Molly loves treating with a team approach. She is passionate about working closely with families to become their child’s best teacher and cheerleader.

    Molly earned her bachelor's degree in Biblical studies and communication disorders from Biola University, and her master's degree in communicative disorders from California State University at Fullerton. In her free time, she loves creative endeavors and spending time with family and friends.

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    Annie Searcy, MS, CCC-SLP specializes in oral myofunctional therapy, autism, and stuttering, and is certified in VitalStim®.

    Annie earned her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Washington State University and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She grew up in the Boise area and enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, and yoga. 

    Favorite Therapy Toys: giant yoga balls and balloons.

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    Rhonda M. Smith, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with a variety of patients and families with speech and language needs.

    Rhonda earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Colorado Christian University and her master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, playing and watching sports, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

    Favorite Therapy Toys: bubbles, puzzles, and the ball machine.

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    Rebecca A. Strong, MS, CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Idaho State University. She also earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from ISU. She completed her clinical fellowship at St. Luke's Idaho Elk's Rehabilitation Hospital.

    In her free time, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, walking her dog, and going to movies. 

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