NW Communication Connections: Welcome, new WSB sponsors!

June 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm | In West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 12 Comments

This afternoon, we welcome a new WSB sponsor – locally owned NW Communication Connections! Here’s their message to you:

We are speech-language pathologists and glad to be here in West Seattle! Our office is located in The Junction, in the Jefferson Square building, where we have a fun space for working with people individually or in groups. Our mission is to not only help individuals improve their communication skills, but also to facilitate supportive connections with the local community whenever possible.

Katy and Ann have each spent many years working in the public schools, and are very familiar with the special education process. They are both “professional development junkies”, whose idea of a vacation is often to travel someplace fun to attend a conference.

Katy lives in West Seattle and has worked in public schools, universities, hospitals, clinics, and private practice for over 40 years. Most recently she worked at Arbor Heights Elementary, and is known to the community for her quiet professionalism, wide knowledge base, and caring nature. She is experienced working with clients from ages 3 years on up to young adulthood. Her areas of expertise include motor speech and phonological speech disorders, executive-function challenges, and social language/cognition skills for individuals on the upper end of the Autism Spectrum. Her objective is to design treatment/therapy plans to accommodate the individual needs of her clients. You can reach her at 206-947-7886.

Ann is known as an innovative professional, always looking for creative ways to infuse fun with solid interventions. She has spent many years focused on helping support people with social communication challenges and is excited to offer a range of social groups for the West Seattle community, including a social yoga group run in collaboration with Nicole Koleshis, an OT and sensory integration specialist, of Next Generation Yoga! She is also a member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology, a collaborative field of professionals that includes dentists, ENTs, sleep specialists, dental hygienists, and speech-language pathologists. You can reach her at 206-387-0947.

Please visit our website for more information, or call us for a free phone screening, so we can help you figure out what’s best for you. We look forward to connecting with you.

We thank NW Communication Connections for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

12 Comments

  1. My son was in a small group with Ann working on social skills and anxiety awareness. I really appreciated the time and energy she put into her group activities, kid-matching and overall communication with us as parents. Given the OK, we will join her kids yoga to continue along with the progress shown so far. GREAT to see the NWCC sponsoring the West Seattle Blog.

    Comment by Irukandji — 5:06 pm June 26, 2014 #

  2. Having worked with Katy, as well as having a child that received her services, I can personally say she is an excellent speech-language pathologist!

    Comment by Vicki — 6:55 pm June 26, 2014 #

  3. Yay, sponsors!
    And I can personally vouch for Katy– for years she worked with a member of our family, with the greatest of results! I have loads of good things to say about her, and although I’ve never met Ann, if Katy is partnered with her, I’m positive that she, too, is amazing.

    And if you start a social skills group for young teens (please-please-please!!), I’m going to be the first to sign up!

    Welcome, and thanks for sponsoring WSB. = )

    Comment by ocean — 6:59 pm June 26, 2014 #

  4. Way to go, Katy!

    Comment by Toni Reineke — 8:33 pm June 26, 2014 #

  5. What a great resource to have locally, welcome!

    Comment by Jason — 8:40 pm June 26, 2014 #

  6. Katy is great. She worked with my son Ian as well as my daughter Shea. Excellent speech therapist.

    Comment by Bonnie — 9:09 pm June 26, 2014 #

  7. We worked with Katy with my daughter (beginning at Age 3) and the improvement with her speech clarity was AMAZING. Thank you Katy for all you have done. Highly recommend her!!!!

    Comment by ACG — 9:21 pm June 26, 2014 #

  8. Way to GO! Thanks Katy for your help with our child, it has worked wonders.

    Comment by Parent of Previous Student — 10:09 pm June 26, 2014 #

  9. I have worked with Katy for several years, and have learned a great deal from her. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She easily engages children in a very respectful way, and connects with adult easily as well. I highly recommend her!

    Comment by Ann — 2:53 pm July 7, 2014 #

  10. Katy made a positive impact on my daughter’s speech during her elementary years. In my daughter’s words, “If I did something incorrect, she would respectfully correct me. She was always positive.” Thank you Katy for continuing your work in our community!

    Comment by April — 7:22 pm July 7, 2014 #

  11. Katy worked with my daughter for years. She went out of her way to accommodate us. She is very patient and kind. I highly recommend her.

    Comment by Tracy — 9:09 pm July 7, 2014 #

  12. As a school psychologist I have worked with many speech-language pathologists over the past 21 years and Katy Hanson is the best. She was always professional, knowledgeable, and an excellent therapist. I highly recommend her.

    Comment by Sue Ann — 7:29 am July 10, 2014 #

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