Karen is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified and California-licensed speech-language pathologist with over five years experience providing direct therapy and consultation for students with complex communication needs including all types of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). With a background as an elementary school teacher and literacy specialist, Karen has decades of experience working with children of all ages.
Karen earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology, with a specialization in children with hearing loss, at San Jose State University, graduating in 2014.
Karen is passionate about family-centered therapy, and the importance of supporting the child, their family members and wider team. Karen believes in providing high-quality, individualized services to meet the needs of every family. She is a lifelong learner, investing in continuing education and specialized training to benefit her clients.
M.S. CCC-SLP, ATP
Krystle is a speech language pathologist and assistive technology specialist with experience working with pediatrics and adults. She is a certified member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed in the state of California, and holds a certification as an Assistive Technology Professional from Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Krystle graduated from San Francisco State University with her Masters of Science Degree in 2013 with a specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Krystle believes in a holistic approach to treating a client and involving family as much as possible. Krystle dedicated to furthering her knowledge and regularly attends conferences to continue her education. She values evidence based practice and utilizing the best therapeutic strategies to meet the needs of her clients. Krystle is very passionate about serving individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCN).
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Dina is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified and California-licensed speech-language pathologist with over eight years experience providing direct therapy across various ages and stages of life. Dina started her career as an elementary school teacher with fifth through eight graders, teaching various subjects for 5 years. She then earned her Masters of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology at San Jose State University, graduating in 2014. She began working as a speech therapist in public schools with children from preschool age through 6th grade. Dina has also spent time working at a hospital and out-patient facility with adults following brain injuries and strokes for speech/language related deficits and dysphagia.
Dina follows the whole-child approach and finds value in collaborating with families and other professionals in the child’s life to support communication needs in and out of the therapy room. She utilizes play-based therapy and child-led sessions to maximize their engagement and learning.
At Something to Say we are trained in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), The Hanen Center's 'It Takes Two to Talk' program for children with language delays, and Hanen Center's 'More Than Words' program for social communication and play skills, PROMPT, DDTC and basic American Sign Language (ASL).
Our AAC program training includes but is not limited to Avaz, CoughDrop, Communicator 5, Grid 3, LAMP Words for Life, PODD, TouchChat, WordPower, Mind Express, and Unity. We regularly attend continuing education conferences and training programs to learn and implement best practices, methods, and new technologies.