Krista Goovaerts M.A., CCC-SLP has worked in a variety of settings to include public schools and private practice and has 15 years of experience working with children with special needs. In an effort to work more closely with families and provide quality services in a natural environment, she started Speak to Me Speech Therapy, LLC. She earned her B.S. in Special Education from the Pennsylvania State University and earned her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University (DLVE-SLP program).
During her first two years in the public school system as a Learning Resource Teacher, she became interested in the field of Speech Pathology and pursued a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. With a growing interest in speech and language, she transitioned into the role of a self-contained teacher specializing in autism. This position also gave her the opportunity to work with children with Visual Impairments, Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD, and Multiple Disabilities. Upon completion of her master's degree, she moved into the area of private practice in order to provide direct and intensive treatment to individuals with communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist, she feels it is her job to help individuals communicate effectively using their preferred mode of communication. She believes it is essential to find what motivates and engages individuals and to ensure they feel successful. Her hope is to teach her clients life long skills that they will learn to apply in a multitude of settings.
She has served individuals with a variety of communication disorders; including speech sound disorders, language disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, processing disorders, cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorder, and social language impairments.
Krista holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and a Virginia state Speech-Language Pathology professional license. She is a member of both the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and Speech-Language Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV).
Additionally, she has on the job training in Applied Behavior Analysis/Applied Verbal Behavior, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Target (PROMPT©), Mandt System (Behavior Management), and Response to Intervention (RTI). Krista is also experienced in incorporating sensory integration techniques into therapy sessions.
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"Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say." -- Rosemary Crossely