I train my students how to see the ‘big picture’ so they can generalize across the curriculum and into real life.
Virtual and On-Site Services
• Executive Function and ADHD Coaching
• Executive Function and ADHD Coaching (for girls)
• Reading Intervention for Youth
• Speech-Language Pathology (for girls)
• Talk Yoga (for girls)
I am a seasoned pediatric speech-language pathologist, who also has experience helping children and adults with ADHD and executive function needs through my practice, In Other Words.
I am a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience, who specializes in treating speech-language disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, and executive function skills. I am a certified ADHD coach who teaches students strategies for test taking, time management, and organization. I am also a certified yoga instructor and children’s yoga teacher who combines speech-language therapy with yoga through our business, Talk Yoga™.
What is my typical process for working with a new client?
I believe in working collaboratively with the team of occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and families to fully meet the needs of the individual student as needed. To evaluate how a student is learning, I use traditional formal and informal measures. However, it is also important to teach kids how to self-assess, which takes modeling, lots and lots of guided practice, and feedback.
This process must become fluent first so it can eventually become automatic. I train my students how to see the “big picture” so they can generalize across the curriculum and into real life. We celebrate big and small successes. I always end a session by telling them what they did well that day so we end on a positive note despite the struggles we may have encountered.
What credentials do I have for my specialty/specialties?
I have a diverse background as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and ADHD/executive function coach. For fifteen years, I worked at a variety of K-12 schools for students with learning challenges and private practice clinics. In those settings, I addressed the various needs of children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder (ASD).
I also have experience working with students who are more typical learners to address language-based issues such as reading and writing, study/memory strategies, project and time management, and problem solving. My experience has allowed me to help students build their self-esteem, prepare for college, understand their distinctive learning styles and develop useful study strategies, and self-advocate.
What types of clients have I worked with?
I have worked with individuals with a variety of communication needs in person and via teletherapy such as:
◦ Delayed language development
◦ Articulation delays and disorders
◦ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
◦ Executive function difficulties
◦ Autism Spectrum Disorder
◦ Social skills deficits
◦ Reading disorders / Dyslexia
◦ Written language deficits
In Other Words also serves children, adults, and families to provide:
◦ ADHD coaching
◦ Parent coaching
◦ Teletherapy, home and school visits to recommend organizational, study, and behavioral strategies
◦ Assistance with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan process
"When we came to Kim, we were desperate as we watched our daughter's growing frustration both in and out of the classroom as she struggled with core issues related to sensory concerns, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness and focus. Kim was able to hone in on exactly what strategies our daughter needed to help her succeed. The results have been transformational. My entire family recommends her highly!" - Jennifer, Mother of a 1st grader
"Going to speech therapy not only improved my speech but also my self confidence.The therapy could be frustrating and difficult at times but it was super helpful. Whenever I'm able to express my thoughts verbally without having to repeat myself, I think about my therapy. I'm super glad I went and would recommend Kim Hughes to anyone who has problems speaking clearly. She is very engaging and caring and can work with people of all ages." - Josh, age 17
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