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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.

Providers

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    Sara Andrews, SLP specializes in caring for patients who have autism, cleft lip, cleft palate, and/or childhood apraxia of speech (a motor impairment impacting speech production). She also frequently supports late talkers and offers cognitive rehabilitation for neurologic disorders and post-acute rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sara typically from works with patients ranging in age from 18 months to 18 years old.

    In her practice, Sara leverages play-based therapy, centering her approach around what motivates the child. She works with patients and their parents to set appropriate goals during her initial evaluation and track milestones over time to recognize and inspire progress.

    Sara is passionate about supporting care transitions for patients shifting to outpatient care after hospitalization for TBI. She also has significant experience working with schools and IEP teams, and often partners with the teachers at St. Luke's Children's Hospital to help kids return to school after discharge.

    Sara earned a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from the University of North Dakota.

    Originally from Minnesota, Sara enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and camping in her free time.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Mindi Carr, MS, CCC-SLP enjoys working with patients in both preschool and adolescent age groups who are experiencing language delays. Because many children with speech delays often have literacy delays as well, Mindi is passionate about early intervention to help develop pre-literacy skills and prevent future literacy challenges. She is certified in the Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk® program and primarily works in outpatient rehabilitation.

    Mindi particularly enjoys working with younger kids and helping them communicate when they have struggled previously. She is inspired by her patients and loves watching both kids and parents experience the rewards of their hard-earned improvements. 

    Originally from Idaho, Mindi earned both a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and a master's degree in speech language pathology from Idaho State University.

    Outside of work, Mindi enjoys living on a farm and caring for her many farm babies.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Biography

    Nicole Heintz, SLP specializes in feeding and swallowing therapy for pediatric patients of all ages, from newborns to teens. Her areas of expertise include dysphagia, aspiration, tongue ties, strengthening oral muscles, video fluoroscopy swallow studies, and breastfeeding and lactation support. She supports patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

    Nicole recognizes that feeding is a basic skill that is often taken for granted. She is passionate about empowering parents to feed their child safely and loves how her work helps parents bond more effectively with their children.

    Beyond direct patient care, Nicole also contributes to improving care and processes at St. Luke's by leveraging best practices to streamline referrals, particularly for patients with tethered oral tissue, and expanding cognitive evaluation skills for patients who've experienced trauma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), head injury, and/or concussion.

    Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in communication disorders and sciences from Louisiana State University (LSU) and her master's degree in communication disorders with a focus in speech-language pathology, from LSU Medical Center.

    In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, cooking, baking, dining at local restaurants, and exploring Idaho with her family.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    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.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Anne Kuhlmeier, MA, CCC/SLP, ATP is an expert in augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and works closely with pediatric and adult patients and their families to develop the best communication system for their unique needs. She serves as the assistive technology program coordinator for St. Luke's and has extensive experience with both low- and high-tech AAC systems.

    Anne's patients are complex communicators (often non-speakers) with a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, ALS, syndromes, and genetic disorders. They may also have experienced a stroke or other trauma. Anne's goals are to improve her patients' quality of life and communication skills, and support them in becoming more independent.

    Anne is passionate about assistive technology and educating colleagues, often serving as a mentor for other speech-language pathologists throughout Idaho. She also offers continuing education on assistive technology through the Idaho Training Clearinghouse, an initiative of the University of Idaho's Center on Disabilities and Human Development.

    Anne earned her master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado; 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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    Accepting new patients
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  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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. 

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Trisha McGough, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with special interest in orofacial myofunctional therapy. She often works with patients experiencing tongue thrust, asymmetrical facial growth, mouth breathing, sleep-disordered breathing, and/or sleep apnea (working to avoid CPAP, if possible). While she typically works with teens, she also occasionally cares for adults. 

    Trisha's passion for her work is personal: she needed speech therapy herself as a teen to manage tongue thrust and an abnormal swallow pattern. This experience inspires her to provide therapy in a supportive and empowering environment. She strives to help patients and their families find a connection between therapy and its potential outcome to instill a sense of responsibility and strengthen motivation. 

    Beyond clinical care, Trisha is involved in program development to better support patients with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) and literacy concerns. She is also committed to improving eventual outcomes for patients with tethered oral tissue (TOT) by improving early assessment and intervention for babies with TOT, educating staff, and streamlining care and care planning.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology and audiology, and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship with St. Luke's Elks Children's Rehabilitation in Nampa. 

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

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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.

    Jenna is originally from Idaho. She and her husband have three daughters. In their free time, they enjoy camping, spending time outdoors, and shopping.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Kelly O'Leary, MS, CCC-SLP, PC is a speech-language pathologist specializing in childhood apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorder. She sees kids of all ages, but primarily works with kids under the age of 5. She is certified in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).

    Kelly is great at keeping young patients engaged and strives to make therapy sessions fun. She is committed to preparing parents for success in helping their child at home. She is also passionate about empowering parents to be strong advocates for their child in all aspects of life. 

    Kelly earned her master's degree in speech language pathology at the University of North Dakota. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

    Biography

    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.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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. 

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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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.

  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Speech Language Therapy

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    Rebecca A. Strong, MS, CCC-SLP works with children (ages 18 months - 13 years) who have a wide range of diagnoses including hearing impairment and/or receptive and expressive language disorders such as speech articulation and phonology challenges, fluency/stuttering, and hypernasality. She has experience working with patients who have Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, and who have experienced a brain injury.

    Rebecca's primary goal is to help improve a child's functional communication. She works with both patients and families to determine which tools will be most effective for them and explores options such as sign language, augmentative communication, the use of trained phrases, and increasing the use of spontaneous speech.

    Rebecca began her career at Elks Rehabilitation, caring for children with a wide variety of conditions, including many with cerebral palsy. She enjoys volunteering at the Augmentative Communication Camp and participating in community outreach events like the Run for Autism and the annual Dr. Seuss reading event at Barnes and Noble.

    Rebecca earned a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and audiology, as well as a master's degree in speech-language pathology, from Idaho State University. She completed her clinical fellowship at Idaho Elks 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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