ABOUT US

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Your child is a child FIRST.
They are NOT a delay or deficit.
They are NOT a behavior.
They are NOT a list of problems to fix.
They ARE the sum of all they feel, think, and CAN do.
We pay attention to what your child CAN do.
We expand and bridge gaps using those skills.
We appreciate who your child is as a person.
We care about who our clients and families are as people.
We treat the whole family.
We find what’s great about your child and nurture it.
We celebrate your child’s growth often.
We show you how to nurture that growth so it continues to thrive.
We know every patient is important.
We know every patient CAN make an important difference in this world.
We know that difference might be just what the world needs.

CLINIC DIRECTOR

Special Practice Areas

  • Autism
  • Apraxia
  • Social Communication
  • Early Intervention

Courtney Willis, MS, CCC-SLP

Courtney Willis is a Speech and Language Pathologist practicing in Dallas, TX.  She holds a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and M.S. in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas.   Her primary area of interest is Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She has spoken internationally on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She was invited to speak at the 3rd Annual GT Bank Autism Seminar in Lagos, Nigeria, where she gave a talk to parents and professionals on the topic of incorporating speech play in the treatment of ASD.

Courtney has always been fascinated by the brain and language.  She first learned of ASD as a young child.  A close family friend, who happened to be an SLP, learned they had a child with Autism.  Observing and interacting with children on the Autism Spectrum had a major impact on Courtney.  In college, she knew she wanted to choose a career that helped people.  The idea of being able to learn about the brain and help someone else learn language was so appealing that Courtney elected to pursue a career as a Speech Language Pathologist treating Autism Spectrum Disorders along with various other developmental delays and communication disorders.  Throughout her career Courtney has worked in a variety of settings including educational, home health and clinical.

In 2015 Courtney founded Speech Wings, LLC.  Courtney serves as Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director.  She currently leads several early intervention programs (Early Birds, S.O.A.R. Social Skills, and Breakfast Buddies) as well as offering individual speech, language and articulation assessments, speech and language therapy sessions, P.R.O.M.P.T. articulation therapy sessions, consultations, and educational seminars.

OUR NAME

“I can remember the time before I learned to speak, and how I used to struggle to express my thoughts by means of the manual alphabet–how my thoughts used to beat against my finger tips like little birds striving to gain their freedom, until one day Miss Fuller opened wide the prison-door and let them escape. I wonder if she remembers how eagerly and gladly they spread their wings and flew away. Of course, it was not easy at first to fly. The speech-wings were weak and broken, and had lost all the grace and beauty that had once been theirs; indeed, nothing was left save the impulse to fly, but that was something. One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. ”

– Helen Keller

OUR SERVICES

P.R.O.M.P.T. Therapy

The PROMPT© System stands for

“Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets”.

It is a dynamic tactile method of treatment for motor speech disorders which is based on touch pressure, kinesthetic and proprioceptive cues. It helps to reshape individual and connected articulatory phonemes and sequences (coarticulation). The clinician helps to manually guide articulators to produce specific sounds or words that seem to be problematic. This is a hands-on approach and thus the clinician uses his/her hands to cue and stimulate articulatory movement, at the same time helping the child to limit unnecessary movements. “The PROMPT© System imposes control on the articulators by providing tactile and kinesthetic (closed-loop) feedback, while guiding the structures toward sequential feed-forward (open-loop) programming.” Generally, this reduces inappropriate feedback and shows the correct sequence of movements to achieve “normal” articulation.

Social Communication Skills
The therapist will work directly with your child and provide you with strategies for improving your child’s social communication skills at home and in other settings.
Social Skills Groups
Some kids learn to say “please” and “thank you” and to wait their turn by watching others. But kids with learning and attention issues might not pick up on common social interactions simply through observation. If your child struggles with social skills, a social skills group could help.
Individual Speech Therapy
Speech Wings uses a variety of treatment philosophies to address communication and articulation delays or disorders.   Therapy sessions are patient directed in most cases.  Treatment plans and intervention techniques typically incorporate the work of Barry Prizant and Amy Wetherby (S.C.E.R.T.S.), Michelle Garcia Winner (Social Thinking), The Hanen Center, and Deborah Hayden (PROMPT method).
Individual Speech and Language Therapy sessions often benefit the following disorders/delays:
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Non-Verbal or Speech Delay
  • Motor Speech Disorders
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Expressive-Receptive Language Disorders
  • Social Pragmatic Language Disorders
Special Needs School Placement
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Parent Education & Counseling
Parent Counseling is valuable in dealing with the unique challenges of parenting individuals with emotional, social, behavioral, or special needs.
We specialize in parent education and training designed to help and empower parents raising and teaching a child or children with developmental delays, ASD or other diagnoses. Through the utilization strategies and techniques, we help parents learn to carry over communication skills learned in therapy to a variety of settings.  Speech Wings parent education seminars show you how to use daily interaction and even mundane activities as opportunities to improve communication skills!

TESTIMONIALS

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WHEN TO GET HELP

By 12 months

  • doesn’t babble with changes in tone – e.g. dadadadadadadadada
  • doesn’t use gestures like waving “bye bye” or shaking head for “no”
  • doesn’t respond to her/his name
  • doesn’t communicate in some way when s/he needs help with something

By 15 months

  • doesn’t understand and respond to words like “no” and “up”
  • says no words
  • doesn’t point to objects or pictures when asked “Where’s the…?
  • doesn’t point to things of interest as if to say “Look at that!”  and then look right at you

By 18 months

  • doesn’t understand simple commands like “Don’t touch”
  • isn’t using at least 20 single words like “Mommy” or “up”
  • doesn’t respond with a word or gesture to a question such as “What’s that? or “Where’s your shoe?”
  • can’t point to two or three major body parts such as head, nose, eyes, feet

By 24 months

  • says fewer than 100 words
  • isn’t consistently joining two words together like “Daddy go” or “ shoes on”
  • doesn’t imitate actions or words
  • doesn’t pretend with toys, such as feeding doll or making toy man drive toy car

By 30 months

  • says fewer than 300 words
  • isn’t using action words like “run”, “eat”, “fall”
  • isn’t using some adult grammar, such as “two babies” and “doggie sleeping

3-4 years

  • doesn’t ask questions by 3 years
  • isn’t using sentences (e.g., “I don’t want that” or “My truck is broken”)  by three years
  • isn’t able to tell a simple story by four or five years

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