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Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson

M.A. CCC-SLP

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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

Krystle Wright

M.S. CCC-SLP, ATP

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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).

Our Team

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Dina Griffin
 

M.A. CCC-SLP

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Alistair Trisorus
 

M.S. CCC-SLP

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. 

Alistair is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified and California-licensed speech-language pathologist with experience providing therapy for pediatrics with diverse communication needs in the school and private practice settings. They are trained in the Natural Language Acquisition framework to support children who communicate with delayed echolalia, and have experience with a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems. Alistair received their Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Redlands in 2022. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where they graduated summa cum laude.

Alistair is a proponent of child-led therapy, and they strive to provide a safe and supportive environment for their clients to thrive. A lifelong learner, they are constantly seeking out continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge, skills, and cultural responsiveness. They are passionate about advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the field of speech language pathology.

A.J. Testerman
 

SLPA

AJ is a California registered speech-language pathology assistant. She graduated from American River College with an Associate in Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. She is now attending UC Santa Cruz and working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics with a minor in Computer Science.

 

AJ is excited to learn more and apply what she's learning to making a difference in the lives of individuals with communication disorders. She's dedicated to supporting the SLPs at Something to Say and their clients in a thoughtful and effective manner. She wants to help every client meet their communication goals through individualized and evidence-based treatments.

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 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.

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