I believe the world needs to hear your child's voice
I'm Rebecca Thompson, creator of Speech Sound Synergy. I’m one of those people who really loves what they do. There is nothing better than helping children share awesome ideas in ways everyone can understand. Sadly, though, the path to clear speech isn’t always an easy one for children or parents.
I started my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a government-funded children’s treatment centre with very long waiting lists. For thirteen years I provided assessment and therapy for children with a variety of communication difficulties, including late talkers, motor speech disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation delays, phonological delays, stuttering, developmental delays, receptive and expressive language delays, and autism. Knowing the importance of early intervention yet seeing little ones wait so many months for help felt wrong to me, both for the children and their parents. There is nothing worse than knowing your child is struggling and not getting the help you need. Along the way, I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the public school system. Here my role was to consult with teachers to address their student’s communication disorders in the classroom. After working closely with parents for so many years, it felt very disconnected to have the teacher as the primary contact. The teachers were addressing 25 students’ needs in the class, but each child is their parent’s number one priority. Having parents so far removed from the equation didn’t add up for me.
In 2012, I decided to move into private practice full time. Here, I had the chance to start working with children at a much earlier age and work more closely with parents to coach them along their way. Being a mother of three myself I know all too well that fitting extra work into a busy life can be stressful. Parents can end up feeling ineffective, guilty, and overwhelmed with the demands of parenting children with communication disorders.
I created Speech Sound Synergy because my mission is to equip parents with a path to lead their child to clear speech, help them feel assured that they are doing the right thing, and empower them as they nurture the next generation of communicators so we can have clear voices for a better tomorrow.
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