Santa Rosa RiteCare Childhood Language Center  Staff

Dr. John Samples
Dr. John Samples Ph.D. CCC-SLP Executive Director
Dr. John M. Samples has over 50+ 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 40 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.
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 SamplesCScD, 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 and her doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology 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.
Catherine Walters
Catherine Walters M.S., CCC-SLP
Catherine is a bilingual, ASHA certified and State of California licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Master’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University. She has experience working with pediatric clients in outpatient clinic, school, and teletherapy settings. Catherine enjoys using a family centered approach, teaching strategies that parents and caregivers can use to improve the child’s speech and language at home.

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.

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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