Aspen Speech Therapy Expands with Colorado Institute of Stuttering Offers Only Stuttering Specialist in Northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS, COLO. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Aspen Speech Therapy, a locally owned and operated speech therapy clinic, will open the Colorado Institute of Stuttering, offering the services of the only stuttering specialist in northern Colorado. Lee Caggiano, a Board Specialist in Fluency Disorders, is at the heart of Aspen Speech Therapy’s expansion. Before coming to the Institute, she treated children, adolescents and adults who stutter in New York, for the past twenty years. She is passionate about her work with people who stutter, and is committed to providing a high level of parent education and training. Caggiano has developed and coordinated workshops to treat stuttering and has presented regionally and nationally regarding the needs of young people who stutter and their families. She teaches graduate level fluency courses at New York University and Queens College. Caggiano is a consultant at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s stuttering program. She also founded and serves as director of FRIENDS- the National Association of Young People who Stutter.

“Stuttering can have a profound effect on every aspect of a child’s life – from the bus stop to the classroom. I’m excited for the opportunity to provide world class stuttering treatment to Northern Colorado families and I’m grateful to have found an outlet to reach more people through Aspen Speech Therapy’s network and involvement in the community,” Caggiano said. “My family-based approach to stuttering includes comprehensive therapy that treats the physical and emotional manifestations of this complex, multi-dimensional disorder.”

The Colorado Institute of Stuttering will operate out of a Loveland office at 1440 W. 29th St., Suite 400 and Caggiano will also see patients in all Aspen Speech Therapy Locations. Patients may call 970.682.3743 to make an appointment.

About Aspen Speech Therapy

Aspen Speech Therapy provides innovate speech therapy to patients of any age that are seeking to improve their quality of life. Aspen Speech Therapy opened its first location in Greeley in 2013 and opened its second location in Fort Collins in 2014. Aspen accepts both Banner Health and Kaiser Permanente insurance holders, in addition to others.

7 TIPS TO BOOST YOUR CHILD’S LANGUAGE

In order to help your child boost their language skills it is important to get into the habit of speaking more with them everyday.  Here are some tips to increase the amount you talk with them.

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  1. DESCRIBE EVERYTHING
    • Talk about where you are, what you are doing, where you are going, what you can see, who is there etc. Think about what your child is seeing and how they may see it.  Describe what they would be interested in.
  2. ASK QUESTIONS
    • Even if they are not talking yet ask questions.  Exaggerate the way you ask the question so they understand that you are asking them something.  Remember they do not need to respond (although it’s always exciting when they do).
  3. TELL STORIES
    • Get those amazing imaginations flowing with a simple object or person and tell them all about it.  E.G. find a bug and imagine what it day is like.  Who are they visiting, what are they doing, why are the doing it.
  4. BE POSITIVE
    • Talking to your child is not just about telling them stop or no.  Make speaking fun and positive.
  5. AVOID BABY TALK
    • Children understand more when we start thinking about the world at a young age.  Don’t dumb down your conversation with them just because they are a kid.  Use simple but real language.
  6. GESTURE MORE
    • Non-verbal communication is just as important to our language development as is our actual speech.
  7. STOP AND LISTEN
    • If your child is talking (even just a little) give them a chance to respond and reply.

 

 

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We’re Expanding!

Aspen Speech Therapy is now providing speech therapy service for patients in Cheyenne, Wyoming!  Address: 1802 Dell Range Blvd, Suite 1A, Cheyenne WY, 82009

 

Annual iPads for Autism Grant Program

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We are so excited to announce that we have launched Aspen Speech Therapy’s iPads for Autism, an annual program in honor of Autism Awareness Month. We will be giving away two iPad Minis each year to financially disadvantaged individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The 16GB iPad Minis will come equipped with applications catered towards autism, an iPad mini case, and we will provide two free training sessions on the device.

For all of the details on the program and to submit an application, please click here.

Aspen Speech Therapy Opens in Greeley

In September, 2013 Kristi Kelly opened Greeley location.

1175 58th Avenue, Suite 101

Greeley, CO 80634

Aspen photo Kristi and Danielle

Aspen Speech Therapy Opens in Fort Collins, Providing Innovative Speech Therapy to Northern Colorado

Fort Collins local, Kristi Kelly, has opened Aspen Speech Therapy, a practice that aims to provide patients with the necessary tools to help them communicate to their maximum potential.  Aspen Speech Therapy is the only private practice in Northern Colorado trained in performing Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swalling (FEES).

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a well-established technique that has revolutionized the field of dysphagia diagnostics. FEES is a sensitive, accurate, portable, and safe examination that yields clinically useful information relative to swallowing physiology and swallowing safety.

“I am incredibly passionate about what I do and I enjoy having the opportunity to empower individuals to live life to the fullest,” said Kristi Kelly, M.S., CCC-SLP and Owner of Aspen Speech Therapy.

Kelly graduated from Abilene Christine University in Abilene, Tex. with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders. Kelly has spent the majority of her career at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins treating a variety of patients and has since partnered with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at Front Range ENT providing speech therapy in Northern Colorado.

Kelly is specifically interested in dysphagia, voice disorders, adult neurological diseases, traumatic brain injury, oral motor delays/ feeding disorders, and tracheotomy.