Ruth Kirter MA, CCC-SLP
I am a speech pathologist with 25 years of experience. I have worked with children of all ages in school programs and private clinics. I have three children of my own, one of whom has Autism Spectrum Disorder, enabling me to understand the journey from all perspectives. I love working closely with families and recognize that parent involvement is essential. I know first hand how it feels as a parent to be heard and supported. I have worked with, and learned from teachers, occupational therapists and other related professionals and not only understand the importance of being part of a team, but truly believe that no one functions in a vacuum and no change will occur in isolation.
It is my absolute belief that children must be active, participating members of their team. At all ages, they, along with their caregivers, are the ones who must do the work. Without trust, joy, and belief in both themselves and in me, they will have no reason to make the changes the adults in their life want. I try to forge a meaningful relationship with each child. I am a hard taskmaster, but I reward every small progress and I try to instill in every child an internal desire to grow.
I work with children of all ages on every aspect of communication. This includes articulation, apraxia, expressive and receptive language, and social-pragmatic language. I use games, books, crafts, and movement. Therapy should be fun!