Speech Language Pathology involves the treatment of disorders associated with the full range of human communication. Speech Language Pathologists are certified and trained to evaluate, diagnose, and provide direct clinical treatment to individuals who suffer from communication disorders.
Individuals who may require speech language pathology services consist of, but are not limited to, individuals who suffer from speech sound disorders, language disorders, hearing impairments, voice disorders, fluency disorders, cognitive impairments, apraxia of speech, traumatic brain injury, autism, cleft lip/palate, foreign accent, tongue thrust, etc.
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Utah's Communication Connection is committed to ensuring that all individuals with communication disorders receive life enhancing services to help them communicate effectively. We are dedicated to providing individual research-based treatment focused on best practice principles.
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Alissa Holloway, MS CCC-SLP
Alissa A. Holloway is a certified Speech Language Pathologist and the owner of Utah's Communication Connection, LLC. She lives in Payson, UT with her husband and four sons. She received an individualized Associates Degree from Utah Valley University, a Bachelor Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Brigham Young University, and a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Utah.
Alissa holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a Utah state Speech Language Pathology professional license, a Utah state Speech Language Pathology educator's license, and a Payson city business license. She is a member of both the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Utah Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Alissa has served hundreds of individuals with a variety of communication impairments; including speech sound disorders (articulation therapy), language disorders (both receptive and expressive), stuttering (fluency disorders), childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), tongue thrust (orofacial myofunctional disorder), hearing loss (aural rehabilitation/habilitation), traumatic brain injury, processing disorders, cognitive impairments, cleft lip/palate, down syndrome, autism, and aspergers disorder. She has worked with individuals ranging from ages 0-50.
Alissa is the designer and co-creator of multiple speech therapy apps. The “Tongue Thrust Therapy” app was created to be used by therapists, parents, and clients to retrain oral musculature in order to produce a correct and mature swallow pattern free of any tongue thrust movement or pressure. It teaches techniques to improve awareness of the mouth, facial muscles, and tongue muscles. It also works to improve muscle strength and coordination that is necessary to produce all speech sounds correctly. The “Apraximations” app was created to treat apraxia of speech, articulation disorders, and phonological disorders. It provides a drill portion where any speech sound can be targeted, a matching game for fun practice, and a free build portion where any combination of speech sounds/words can be created for practice.
Alissa also enjoys presenting to and training other speech language pathologists. She has specific training experience in the areas of building a private practice, tongue thrust therapy, and apraxia of speech treatment techniques. She has been invited to present at the Utah Speech and Hearing Association and other various school districts throughout the state of Utah.
Alissa believes that quality human connection is the most essential part of the human experience and that it is through communication that we are able to make those connections. She has a passion for helping others communicate more effectively and finds true joy in each client's progress and success.
Lillian Clark, MS, CCC-SLP
Lillian Clark is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. She lives in Santaquin, UT and is the mother to five wonderful children. She received both her Bachelor degree in Linguistics and Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Brigham Young University.
Lillian has over 32 years of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist and has worked in Nebo, Alpine, Granite, and Tuba City Unified School Districts. She has experience treating children from ages 3-21. She has extensive experience as an LEA and SLP supervisor. She helped pilot and develop the Tots Learning to Communicate (TLC) speech program for children with significant speech disorders, and has taught the parent-involved class since 2005. She has extensive training and has used the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) with nonverbal and minimally verbal children to help develop initiation and expressive communication skills. She loves treating clients with language disorders, phonological disorders, articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and pragmatic deficits.
Ashlee Sparrow, MS, CCC-SLP
Ashlee Sparrow is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. She lives in Salem with her husband and 3 daughters, ages 5, 3, and 1. She received an Associates of Science degree from Dixie State in one year, a Bachelor Degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University and graduated with her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology at Utah State University at age 22.
Ashlee holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a Utah State Speech Language Pathology professional license, a certification in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) which is primarily used for Parkinson's, certification in Myofascial Release and Other Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management, certification as a VitalStim (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) therapy provider, and she is CPR certified.
Ashlee loves providing quality therapy services to patients of all age groups by performing evaluations and developing individual treatment plans along with goals to maximize functional outcomes in a variety of swallowing, motor speech, language, and cognitive disorders. She has worked with patients from birth to 104 years old. Ashlee has experience working in the hospital setting, school setting, and in a private practice. She loves being an SLP and helping people of all ages improve their quality of life.
Megan Hays, MEd, CCC-SLP
Megan Hays is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. She lives in Elk Ridge with her husband and 3 beautiful children. Megan received her Bachelor degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University and her Master's degree in Communication Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University.
Megan has more than 13 years of experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist. She worked for Nebo School District from 2005-2016 and has worked at Utah's Communication Connection since 2017. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence. She has experience treating clients of all ages and specializes in the treatment of children with articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, autism, and severe disabilities.
Brett Christensen, MOTR/L
Brett Christensen is an licensed occupational therapist with a background as a pediatric therapist and early intervention therapist. For the past seven years he has worked for the Jordan Child Development Center and Alpine School Districts with children ranging from babies to high school graduates. He received a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Studies and a Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Utah. He is also credentialed as an Early Intervention Specialist-II and is a member of both the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Utah Occupational Therapy Association. He has continued his education by going to conferences each year and continues to educate himself on the latest therapy tools and methods to provide kids and their families the therapy and education they need to best help their children.
Brett works with a wide variety of needs such as fine motor deficits, body awareness, sensory regulation, sensory seeking, tactile defensiveness, auditory sensitivity, sensory feeding and functional vision. Brett believes that private occupational therapy helps children to develop healthy behaviors and the underlying skills they need to perform daily tasks.
Brett recognizes that meeting each child's specific needs is done by collaborating with and training the parents to continue therapy in the home. This helps to achieve the most progress possible. Private occupational therapy provides an environment where the parents and the therapist work together to improve each child’s function and independence.
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We've recently done some major renovations to better accommodate our business growth, and to help us provide continued quality service to our clients. We now have a 1,000 square-foot office with 2 therapy rooms, an observation room, a waiting area, and ample parking space for our clients.