Tara Boettcher, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist/Owner
Mrs. Tara graduated in 1994 from Truman State University (formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University) with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. In 1996, she graduated with top honors from the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Mrs. Tara is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Texas. She specializes in the identification, evaluation, and treatment of all types of communication disorders and swallowing/feeding disorders. Although verbal communication is usually a goal, she utilizes a Total Communication approach to treatments including: use of visual cueing systems, Sign Language, and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) methods. Ultimately, the goal of ALL treatment is: COMMUNICATION, HYDRATION, NUTRITION, SOCIAL INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP, SELF-AWARENESS, SELF-CONTROL (REGULATION), and SELF-ACCEPTANCE.
Mrs. Tara has worked as a SLP for over 21 years with patients ranging from infants to geriatrics. Mrs. Tara has worked in hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Pediatric Home Health, Early Childhood Developmental Centers, Public Schools in Washington state and Texas, and public Charter schools including a charter school specializing in education with Hearing Impaired and Deaf students. In 2006, she founded her private practice, Speech Language & Learning Services, as there were not enough SLP's in private practice to adequately serve her community.
Mrs. Tara has been married for 19 years and is a mother of three energetic teen boys. Her boys have been identified with the following diagnoses and symptoms: ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Speech Apraxia, Dyslexia symptoms, Dysgraphia, Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Sleep Disturbances. She has experience sitting on both sides of ARD/IEP meetings as well as 504 plan meetings which allows her to have a unique perspective when working with families navigating life with special needs.
Although all three boys deal with ADHD, they are all unique with different talents including excelling in art, math, science, history, video gaming, music, and athletics (soccer is the favorite sport!) Her youngest son has experienced two concussions and numerous muscular injuries while competing in his athletics. Mrs. Tara learned how to assess and manage those injuries, so her son can continue to participate in the sports that he loves.
In her quest for healing with her own family, Mrs. Tara has expanded her clinical knowledge to include:
Kinesiology principles and application to muscular tension and inflammation, neuromuscular tone and functional irregularities including oral/facial/laryngeal weakness.
Principles of Myofascial Release and it's application to speech production disorders, Dysphagia (swallowing disorders), Voice disorders, and Fluency disorders when muscular function is an underlying cause or contributing factor.
Alternative Sensory Integration treatments, becoming an Authorized Dealer for The Listening Program® from Advanced Brain Technologies. Mrs. Tara attends yoga classes weekly, bringing principles of calming the mind and body to her patients for improved sustained focus and attention.
Holistic treatments using therapeutic grade essential oils and aroma therapy which enhances the therapy environment and patient responses and tolerance for treatment activities. Mrs. Tara became a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils and valuable resource in specific oils which may be helpful with the conditions our patients present.