The Children’s Speech Therapy Center Staff

Dr. John Samples
Dr. John Samples Ph.D. CCC-SLP Executive Director
Dr. John M. Samples has over 40 years experience working with the speech, language and learning disabled. He continues to provide direct services to children and adults on a daily basis as well as administering a private practice in Santa Rosa for over 30 years. His training includes doctoral studies at both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has published numerous articles concerning the areas of language and learning disabilities in children. He also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. Dr. Samples holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and he is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in California.
Maggie Easton
Maggie EastonM.A., CCC-SLP
Maggie is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with the State of California and ASHA certified. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Since completing her masters in Communication Sciences, Maggie has enjoyed working with children with autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and a variety of speech and language disorders/delays, including children with oral motor disorders. She has received formal training in the techniques of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), The Kaufman Program for Children with Apraxia of Speech, as well as pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.
Rachel Ivandi
Rachel Ivandi M. S., CCC-SLP
Catch phrase: “I am excited to work in a clinic that serves the greater community and hopefully make a contribution to a child’s life!”

I have been working as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) since 2008. I enjoy working with children and love being a SLP! I have worked in many different therapy settings as an SLP; home therapy, a VA hospital, preschool centers, a cranio-faciat clinic, elementary schools, and middle schools. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work primarily with students in the school setting (l.e., Birth to s” Grade) who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). As a clinician working with the DHH population it is very rewarding and interesting. In my free time I love to travel and experience new places. I have two
wonderful sons of my own and also greatly enjoy being a mother.

Jennifer Nevolo Alwood
Jennifer Nevolo AlwoodM.S., CCC-SLP
Jennifer is an ASHA certified and State of California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Masters degree at California State University, East Bay. She has extensive experience working with preschool aged children with phonological and language disorders and apraxia of speech. Jennifer has also enjoyed working with children autism spectrum disorders, cleft palate and with children, birth through elementary school, who are deaf and hard of hearing and who have cochlear implants. She has worked in school and home based settings.
Kathryn Samples
Kathryn SamplesMS, CCC-SLP
Kate Samples Williams, M.S., CCC-SLP is a California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She earned her Bachelors degree from California State University, Sacramento and her Masters degree from the University of Oregon. She is currently working on her doctorate degree at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Kate has experience working with pediatric clients for over 6 years, specializing in auditory processing and language delayed impairments. She is a certified FastForward provider and registered compassion fatigue professional. Her publications include research in adult stroke rehabilitation and therapy dog treatment approach for childhood language disorders.
Kathy Hogan M.A. Administrator
Kathy Hogan is the Administrator for the Santa Rosa Scottish Rite Children’s Language and Learning Center. Ms. Hogan brings 28 years of teaching experience to the Center. She has received several awards as an outstanding teacher in the Sonoma County School District and is active on the Northern California ASU Alumni Association.

Before therapy is begun, a child is tested to determine his or her specific problem. The evaluation includes:

• Speech and Language Testing
• Developmental Testing

Staff reviews the test results and formulates a treatment plan. A conference is then held with the childs parents. If it is determined that the childs disability can be corrected, he or she is accepted into an individualized program. Parent observation is mandatory in the case of young children. Counseling is available through the Parent Support Group.

A trusting relationship is established with children who see the therapist on a one-to-one basis several times a week. Direct therapy focuses on the improvement of the communication disorder and ultimately the life-style of the family. A therapist may be working on behavior change, speech intelligibility, word finding activities, reading (decoding and comprehension), writing, and /or auditory understanding.

Language Pathologists are highly trained speech therapists who are licensed by the State of California and certified by the American Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

These therapists are specialists with in-depth knowledge of the relationship between oral and written language, the impact of oral language impairments on the development of reading skills and effective instructional strategies for the classroom setting.

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