Heather Taylor, a co-founder of Cobblestone Therapy Group, treats both children and adults with speech and/or language disorders. She is a passionate and dedicated speech/language pathologist, committed to providing thorough yet pinpointed assessment protocols in order to determine the most precise diagnosis. Heather's intervention techniques reflect her unwavering desire to achieve observable and measurable results. Heather specializes in several areas including:
* Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Consultation and file review for IEP meetings
* Receptive/expressive language disorders
* Articulation disorders
* Childhood apraxia of speech
* Cleft palate/resonance disorders
Heather has an adorable 5-year old boy, Harrison. She is a double graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.S.Ed. and M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech and Language Pathology. She completed her Masters thesis on "The Effects of Visual Choral Speech on Adults Who Stutter" and presents helpful information to professionals and parents in both local and national conferences and support groups. Prior to Cobblestone Therapy Group, Heather worked privately in natural and school-based settings and in the Gwinnett County Public School System. The majority of her professional career has been dedicated to improving the communication skills of the pediatric population; however, she also specializes in accent modification, aphasia, stuttering, and voice therapy with the adult population. Heather has varying levels of proficiencies in the following languages: Spanish, American Sign Language, and Mandarin Chinese. Heather was recently chosen to serve in a delegation of professionals specializing in speech-language pathology and audiology to participate in bilateral exchanges with their professional counterparts in China.
When not working one-on-one with her clients, Heather enjoys mentoring future clinicians as well as educating professionals and parents in conferences. In her downtime, Heather enjoys running, painting, making candles, and spending time outdoors.
***PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding. A therapist that has completed the Introduction to PROMPT Technique Workshop has learned the basics of the PROMPT technique. These clinicians have been trained how to make the “touch cues” to the articulators to help patient’s produce a phoneme. They can also properly evaluate a patient (from a motor perspective) to identify if PROMPT therapy will be beneficial. Some clinicians at this stage are quite good at the technique and all will improve with practice.The training is very intense and requires a series of workshops, plus a lengthy certification process for a therapist to be a Certified PROMPT therapist. Heather has completed two of PROMPT's four different stages of training.