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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Impactful Pediatric Speech Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Speech Therapy in Austin, TX

At NAPA Center, we take an individualized approach to therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals.

World-Renowned NAPA Center

 

NAPA Center was founded by Lynette LaScala in 2008 after spending years traveling the world to find the best pediatric therapy programs for her son. Now, NAPA has grown into an industry-leading pediatric therapy center; attracting patients worldwide by offering the best and most innovative therapies. We approach pediatric speech therapy and all of our therapy programs with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate speech and language pathologists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful SLP sessions to help them reach their specific goals.

 

We offer multidisciplinary treatments integrating physical, occupational, speech, and feeding therapy.

 

To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening or a tour of our pediatric speech therapy clinic.

 

 

 

START YOUR CHILD’S JOURNEY TODAY

 

Address: 7801 North Lamar Blvd, Suite A114, Austin, Texas 78752   |   Phone Number: (512) 646-HOPE (4673)

Meet Your NAPA Austin SLP Team

Kristen Desjardins

Speech Therapy Manager
NAPA Austin

Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University in 2007 and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2009. Kristen holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Texas. She is trained in the following: Hanen parent training program ‘It Takes Two to Talk,’ PROMPT, Vital Stim (NMES), AEIOU Approach to Feeding, and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Kristen’s clinical experiences include working in the public school system with the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), and private practice. Her professional interests include infant and toddler language acquisition, pediatric language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), developmental delays, and feeding and swallowing disorders. Kristen is happy to be living in her hometown of Austin and close to family after living in Dallas for 13 years. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending church services, watching TCU football, volunteering, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

Kristen holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Texas. Kristen’s clinical experiences include working in the public school system with the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), and private practice.

Kristen Desjardins

Kristen Desjardins

Kristen Desjardins
Ann Kennedy

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Austin

M.S., CCC-SLP, Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas

Ann is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Hearing Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas and her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas. Working extensively with preschoolers and school-aged children in the public schools, she specializes in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. For example, articulation and phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, fluency/stuttering, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, pragmatics/social skills, and other developmental delays. Ann is passionate about building relationships with her patients and families and loves being a part of the Napa team!

Ann is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Working extensively with preschoolers and school-aged children in the public schools, she specializes in the evaluation and treatment of a variety of communication disorders. Ann is passionate about building relationships with her patients and families and loves being a part of the Napa team!

Ann Kennedy

Ann Kennedy

Ann Kennedy
Laura Midday

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Austin

Laura chose the field of speech-language pathology when she was in high school, after working at a summer camp for children with disabilities at her local park district. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Since becoming a speech-language pathologist, Laura has worked with children ages birth to thirteen years. She has spent most of her career working as an SLP in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), where she obtained a certification as a registered behavior technician. In addition to behavior, Laura is passionate about collaborating with families to empower them to best support their loved ones’ communication abilities.

When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her dog, Pepper who is a toy Australian Shepherd. She also loves being active outdoors, doing yoga, and watching reality TV series.

Laura chose the field of speech-language pathology when she was in high school, after working at a summer camp for children with disabilities at her local park district. Since becoming a speech-language pathologist, Laura has worked with children ages birth to thirteen years. Laura is passionate about collaborating with families to empower them to best support their loved ones’ communication abilities.

Laura Midday

Laura Midday

Laura Midday
Stephanie Alexander

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Austin

M.S. Speech Language Pathology, Texas Woman’s University

Stephanie Alexander is a dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for enhancing communication and enriching lives. She earned her Masters from Texas Woman's University and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence. With 5 years of clinical and professional experience, Stephanie specializes in feeding and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Stephanie's approach to therapy is characterized by child-led strategies and a strong emphasis on caregiver collaboration and education. She believes in empowering both children and their families to achieve communication milestones.

M.S. Speech Language Pathology, Texas Woman’s University

Stephanie is a dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist with a passion for enhancing communication and enriching lives, specializing in feeding and AAC. She believes in empowering both children and their families to achieve communication milestones.

Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander

Stephanie Alexander
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Pediatric Speech Therapy Near Austin

 

Speech, Language, and Feeding therapy services offered by NAPA Center treat a diverse range of diagnoses, including but not limited to:

 

  • » Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • » Cerebral Palsy
  • » Apraxia Speech Therapy
  • » Complex Communication Needs/AAC
  • » Dysphagia or Swallowing Difficulties
  • » Developmental Delay
  • » Fluency Disorders
  • » Genetic, Chromosomal, and Metabolic
  • » Disorders/Syndromes
  • » Picky Eaters, Food Sensory Issues
  • » Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • » Receptive/Expressive Language Impairment
  • » Speech Sound Disorders
  • » Stuttering Therapy

 

For additional resources, visit our Pediatric Speech Therapy Program Page and browse the NAPA Speech Therapy Blog and the NAPA Feeding Therapy Blog!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Speech Therapy

At NAPA Center, we proudly offer speech therapy for toddlers and children of all ages. Our pediatric speech pathologists provide the child with therapy sessions customized to the child's needs. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening and a tour of our Austin pediatric speech therapy clinic.

Intensive Speech Therapy

NAPA Center also offers intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This treatment model is increasingly used throughout the world as patients, therapists, and doctors recognize it’s many benefits and outstanding results. NAPA therapists create a customized program for each patient that varies in time, duration, intensity, and tools used. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Feeding Therapy

NAPA Center provides traditional weekly feeding therapy with our feeding specialists (Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists) to support children’s independence in eating and support families in creating successful mealtime routines. We offer relationship-based developmental feeding services to address various feeding difficulties and VitalStim for the treatment of dysphasia and swallowing difficulties.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

Schedule a free 30-minute screening with one of our therapists today!

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