About SpeechAbility, LLC & Allison Winters
Allison Winters is the owner and director of SpeechAbility LLC. After earning a B.S. in Speech-Language Disorders from Truman State University in 1995 and a Masters in Education degree from Alabama A & M University in 1996, she became a certified speech-language pathologist and has also gained certification in structured literacy through the International Dyslexia Association. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia and other literacy disorders as well as speech-language disorders. SpeechAbility LLC is located in Johnson County, KS.
Memberships include the American Speech Hearing Association, the Kansas State Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, and The International Dyslexia Association.
What She Does
Allison is an experienced therapy provider for pediatric speech, language, and literacy development including: dyslexia & other literacy issues, articulation, phonology, and other receptive and expressive language disorders. She loves helping children with mild to severe language delays/disorders to become fully confident communicators. Allison's passion is in helping children gain back their self-confidence when communicating, reading, or writing. Click here for complete resume.
She continues to take numerous continuing education courses to enhance her skills in the area of speech, language, and literacy and has earned ASHA's prestigious ACE award in 2015, 2016, and 2019. The ACE is a formal recognition of professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning by earning 7.0 ASHA CEUs (70 contact hours) within a 36-month period. Allison has attended the following courses and seminars:
In 2017, she attended:
· IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference 11/11/ 2017
· Targeting Written Expression for Students with Learning Disabilities, 3/14/2017
In 2016, she attended:
· Improving Your Students' Spelling Abilities 12/16/2016
· IDA Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference, 10/29/2016
· Yield Powerful Payoffs Using Written Language Assessment & Intervention, 9/6/2016
· Model for Dyslexia Screening, 8/25/2016
· SIG 1 Perspectives Vol. 21, No 3, 8/4/2016
· Identify Dyslexia Using TILLS, 7/13/2016
· Collaboration with Interpreters to Support Positive Outcomes, 6/30/2016
· Differential Diagnosis of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), 5/31/16
· Practical Assessment and Treatment Strategies for English Language Learners (ELLs) with Language Impairments, 4/8/2016
· Person-Centered Care: A Foundation for Audiology Practice, 3/29/2016
· SEL: The Real Skills for Success, 3/24/2016
In 2015, she attended:
· Reading and Writing Development in School-Age Children: Current Concepts
· Speech-Language Goals that Reflect the Common Core State Standards
· Practical Tips to Differentiate Social Communication Disorder From ASD
· Advances in Speech-Language Pathology: Language & Literacy
· Positive Behavior Strategies: The Real Road to School Climate Change
· Beyond Behavior: Creating a Culture for Data-Driven Behavioral Intervention
· The Importanance of Being "Meta"!
· Dyslexia Screening-Bright Solutions. Susan Barton.
· Pairing Picture Books and Apps for Intervention. Sean J. Sweeney.
· The New Science of Learning: Approaches for Older Students with Autism
and Attention Disorders. Dr. Martha Burns
· Orton-Gillingham for Clinical Providers:Graduate Course. Sandie Barrie Blackley
· How to Become a Change Agent for Better Readers. Dr. Shari Robertson
· How Games Can Help Children with Special Needs Develop Critical Life Skills. Trip Hawkins
· The Structure of Written English: Graduate Course. Sandie Barrie Blackley
· Aspects of Literacy Development in Preschool and Elementary School Age.
Articles from Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.
Dr. Ken Apel.
In 2014, she attended:
· Down Syndrome Guild Conference – Ages 0 to 5 track
· Complex Consonant Clusters. Jennifer Taps-Richard.
· Advances in Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology – Fluency. Lisa Scott.
· Suspected Apraxia & Early Intervention. Cari Ebert.
· Seeing Stars: Lindamood-Bell Training.
· LiPS: Lindamood-Bell Training.
· TelePresence Institute (specialized telemedicine training)
· Preventing Problem Behavior In Schools. Dr. Barry Prizant.
· Kansas Speech and Hearing Association (KSHA Conference).
· Evidence Based Practice: Autism. Children's Mercy.
Note to Parents
In SpeechAbility, Allison has chosen to concentrate her professional skills on therapy for dyslexia, and reading disorders in children. She believes in early intervention therapy services and says, “If a child enters school confident in their ability to read, they will be prepared to experience success in school." SpeechAbility, LLC is dedicated to helping your child reach their full reading potential. Children with speech, language, or reading challenges can feel alone and isolated. Their grades can suffer along with their ability to socialize with other children/students and make friends. They may not reach their full potential if not given the proper therapy at the proper age. Allison truly believes that therapy does not have to stop with the therapist. Education and communication with a client's family and school can be one of the most important aspects of a private speech therapist's job.
For Fun...After spending time traveling as a military wife, Allison & her husband, Dr. Chad Winters, live in Shawnee, KS. In her free time, Allison enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, and playing with her dogs, Sydney and Sassy.
Introducing: Miss Sydney (left) and Miss Sassy Pants