Children's Intensive Therapy NW - Specialists in Habilitation and Rehabilitation

Speech-Language Therapy

Problems with receptive language skills usually begin before age 4. Some mixed language disorders are caused by a brain injury. These conditions are sometimes misdiagnosed as developmental disorders.

Language disorders may occur in children with other developmental problems, hearing loss, autism spectrum disorder, Cerebral Palsy, brain injury and learning disabilities. A language disorder may also be caused by damage to the central nervous system, which is called aphasia.

We provide:
  • Individual speech/language therapy
  • Comprehensive evaluations
  • Parent training and coaching
We Specialize in the following areas:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Developmental delays
  • Receptive and/or expressive language disorders
  • Social communication disorders
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Challenging/difficult behaviors
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders

Speech disorders include:
  • Articulation disorders: difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said.
  • Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering,  in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, partial-word repetitions ("b-b-boy"), or prolonging sounds and syllables (sssssnake).
  • Resonance or voice disorders: problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for a child when speaking.

Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:
  • Receptive disorders: difficulties understanding or processing language.
  • Expressive disorders: difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders: difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulation, and problem solving.
Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods.

What do Sessions Look like?

Session lengths are based on your child's need which will be discovered during our initial evaluation with your child.

What does therapy look like?

We believe in using highly-motivating and developmentally appropriate activities to engage your child and make therapy fun. This means, that sessions often involve play, following the child's lead, and using preferred activities/objects. We also believe in making therapy functional and personally relevant to you and your child to promote success outside of the session. This is done through providing parent coaching, integrating therapy into daily routines and activities of daily living, and taking advantage of clinic settings, home settings and community settings.

Meet our Speech-Language Therapist:

Kelsey Oades MS, CCC-SLP

Kelsey Oades MS, CCC-SLP is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist in Portland, Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Oregon in Communication Disorders and Spanish and received her Master of Science from Portland State University in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Kelsey holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed in both Oregon and Washington.

Throughout her career, she has worked in the public school, early intervention, outpatient clinic, and teletherapy settings with a varied pediatric population. She specializes in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, augmentative communication, behavior, and early language and also supports the Spanish-speaking population. She has also completed LAMP augmentative communication training.

Kelsey also has a brother with autism and complex needs, making her passionate about integrating family advocacy and her unique perspective as both a family member and a clinician into her practice.

In her free time, Kelsey enjoys fostering kittens, hiking, tai chi, thrift shopping, exploring new bakeries, and playing with her two hyper cats, Hazel and Etta.