Our Team


Karen Patterson


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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.

Krystle Wright


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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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Emily Kingshill


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Emily is a speech-language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed to practice in the state of California.  She has 7 years of experience working with children in public and non-public schools.  She specializes in students who have Complex Communication Needs (CCN) and is passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  Emily also enjoys incorporating educational technology in her practice.


Emily earned her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from San Jose State University in 2014.  She was a scholar for Project ACCES (Augmentative and Alternative Communication in the Educational Setting), which trained graduate students to implement AAC instruction and assessments in a school setting.  Emily completed her Clinical Fellowship with the Bridge School, a non-public school serving students with CCN.


Emily is passionate about providing engaging, dynamic, and flexible therapy and assessments which meet the needs of each individual child.  

Specialized Training

At Something to Say we are trained in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC), The Hanen Center's 'It Takes Two to Talk' program for preschool children with language delays, PROMPT, basic American Sign Language (ASL) and PECS.


Our AAC program training includes but is not limited to Avaz, CoughDrop, Communicator 5, Grid 3, LAMP Words for Life, PODD, TouchChat and Unity. We regularly attend continuing education conferences and training programs to learn and implement best practices, methods, and new technologies.