Ashley received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in 2011 and her Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders in 2012 at the University of Central Arkansas. While in college, she performed a clinical rotation at MKSA and came on board with us as soon as she graduated. Ashley grew up with a family friend who worked as a speech-language pathologist. After watching her friend work with children all day and make an impact on their lives, she knew she wanted to do the same. She enjoys working with all children, especially children with Down’s Syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. She loves going to a job knowing she is making a difference in children’s lives. She loves being a positive, loving role model to the kids. Ashley is married with two children. In her spare time, she loves growing in her faith and spending time with her family. She enjoys watching her children grow up, explore and learn new things. She also likes to run for any event that raises money for a special cause. Ashley’s favorite non-profit organization is Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Her husband was born with a congenital heart defect and Children’s Hospital has taken amazing care of him and was proactive in making sure their children did not have the same defect.
Ashley has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), which allows children who have little or no communication abilities a means of communicating non-verbally. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Amanda attended Arkansas State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Disorders in 2000 and a Master’s of Communication Disorders in 2001. She has been working with children for over 15 years and loves seeing them progress and develop new skills. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and friends and she enjoys watching baseball, reading and being outdoors.
Amanda is certified to provide VitalStim Therapy, a special form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation that helps habilitate and/or re-educate the throat muscles needed for swallowing. It also helps improve facial function (facial paresis and Bell’s palsy). This safe, non-invasive therapy has been used successfully to help thousands regain the pleasures of an oral diet and a higher quality of life. Amanda has also been trained in Picture Exchange Communication (PECS). She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Alyssa graduated from Quachita Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree and then attended Missouri State University, where she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders in 2010. After graduating college, Alyssa worked in a public school, but because she wanted to work for a company with a greater focus on therapy and an inter-disciplinary treatment style, she made the switch to MKSA. Alyssa really likes working with children who have apraxia and autism because they have so much potential for progress. She loves learning new ways to do therapy and learning about new programs she can try. She wants to have a lot of “tricks in her bag” so she can individualize the therapy to meet the needs of the whole child. She is excited by being able to give words and communication to kids without any means of communication. Alyssa is married with two children. She is passionate about the Lord and serving Him. She enjoys attending church at the Central Baptist Journey Campus. She believes God has gifted her with the skills needed to serve Him as she works with and shows love to the children she treats. She is a part of a ministry at church called Fostering Together, a program that provides support to foster families in the church. Alyssa also supports Families Outreach, an organization that supports families going through the adoption process as well as partnering with orphanages around the world. She has been able to serve them in Haiti and loves how they are helping with the orphan crisis.
Alyssa has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS), which allows children who have little or no communication abilities a means of communicating non-verbally. Children using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. After intensive therapy, children can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolized on a picture card. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Laura received a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University (ASU) in 1997 and then received her Master’s in Communication Disorders from ASU in 2003. She has worked with the pediatric population since January, 2004 and loves this age group. When she heard about Miracle Kids opening (in 2009), she was excited to apply. And we are glad she did! Laura is great with children. She loves to work with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and provide oral-motor/dysphagia treatment and articulation/language treatment. Laura and her husband, Marty, have two beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and reading. When asked what super-human power she would possess, if possible, she said, “A perfect memory!” Laura volunteers at her church’s care center, which provides food and clothing to people in need, as well as lunches Mondays through Thursdays.
Laura is certified to provide VitalStim Therapy, a special form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation that helps habilitate and/or re-educate the throat muscles needed for swallowing. It also helps improve facial function (facial paresis and Bell’s palsy). This safe, non-invasive therapy has been used successfully to help thousands regain the pleasures of an oral diet and a higher quality of life. Laura is also trained in Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
In October 2016, Laura received the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s 1st Award for Continuing Education (ACE), which is given for earning more than 70 contact hours of continuing education in a thirty-six month period. Laura joins a select group of individuals who have made a concerted, personal effort to continue professional learning far beyond the minimum requirements.
Samantha graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2003 and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2004. She has exclusively practiced in the field of pediatrics since January 2005. She wanted to work for a company truly passionate about what they do, so she came to MKSA!! Samantha gets much joy watching all children progress and learn new things in therapy, but she particularly love the ages of birth – two. She is most passionate about the areas of oral-motor disorders and language disorders. She loves seeing children succeed and begin to use new words/skills. Samantha is not only great with kids, she has a talent for teaching speech-language pathology college students as well. Samantha is married with two sons, Jackson and Lawson. In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with family and friends. She also loves going to Red Wolf Football games. She is the Chapter Chair for Jonesboro Circle of Friends, an organization that raises money for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Samantha is trained in the PIcture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Amy Murphy, MCD,CCC-SLP
Amy is married with two young children. She received her Master’s in Communicatin Disorders from Arkansas State University in 2010. She completed a clinical rotation at MKSA during that time and loved being a part of our team effort in treating each child. After practicing six years in other settings, she was excited to have the opportunity to begin working with us again. Amy is known for showing patience and kindness to all of the children she works with. She enjoys treating articulation, language, oral-motor and sensory feeding disorders. She is passionante about early intervention because it is a unique opportunity to help children learn skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. In her personal life, she helps children that are in foster care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano and bike riding.
Amy has received training in Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She also has personal experience treating her daughter’s sensory feeding disorder. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Angelina Wood, MCD/CCC-SLP
Angelina has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s of Science in Communication Disorders. She loves working with children that are facing difficult challenges because she believes that every child has the potential to be exceptional. It is her goal to find each child’s learning style and motivation to help them build the foundation they need to move forward in their treatment. Angelina loves reading and language. She speaks a little bit of Spanish and even a little bit of American Sign Language but has a lot of areas she would like to learn more about. Angelina has received training in Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Approach to Early Reading and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Jerri eanred her undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication disorders at Arkansas State University. She sought out employment at MKSA due to her passion to work with children with special needs and watch them grow in language development. She is known for her work with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices using the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) approach. She enjoys showing nonverbal communicators how to use devices in order to express their needs. Jerri is trained in Beckman oral motor therapy and she is certified in LAMP. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. If she could possess one super-human power, it would be the ability to see the future.
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