Speech-Language Pathologist in Alpharetta, GA

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Essential Communication, Inc.

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Improving Communication and Dynamic Thinking For
Academic, Social and Professional Success
The professional staff of Essential Communication, Inc. provides speech language therapy and Relationship Development Intervention® in order to help children develop the necessary articulation, comprehension, expression, and social skills to experience success at school, at home and in the neighborhood.

Essential Communication’s professionals have expertise in:

* Relationship Development Intervention (RDI ®)
* Lindamood Bell Learning Processes
Visualizing and Verbalizing®
Seeing Stars®
* Story Grammar Marker®
* Narrative Skills for Reading
* Written Expression and Conversation
* Kaufman Speech Praxis Evaluation and Treatment,
* Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner)
* Language Comprehension for Math Reasoning
* Phonological Awareness
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Speech / Language / Hearing  Language-Based Learning Disabilities
 Apraxia  Learning Disabilities
 Autism Spectrum Disorders  Raspy Voice / Muscle Tension Dysphonia
 Child Speech/Language Disorders  Speech Sound Disorders
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Vocal Coaching for Singing and Performing
 Developmental Delays
 ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP)  Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (State)
As a wife and mother of two, Janice Guice decided to become a speech language pathologist because of personal experience with significant medical events surrounding one of her own children. That circumstance demonstrated the devastation that comes when a human's ability to communicate is disrupted or fails to develop. From that experience, Janice grew to understand that "the world is both defined by and experienced through communication." It quickly became evident that impaired communication would impact academic, social and ultimately professional success.

Mrs. Guice returned to school at Eastern Michigan University to study Speech Language Pathology. There she completed her Bachelors of Science in Speech Language Impaired, including a minor in Elementary Education, as well as, her Masters of Arts, completing both degrees with the honor of Summa Cum Laude. After the completion of her Masters Degree, she worked in the public schools, gained extensive experience in child development and academic curriculum, as well as, the diagnosis and treatment of a vast variety of communication impairments and disabilities. Her work has focused on the opportunity to serve children and their families as they seek to develop, restore or augment their ability to communicate in a variety of settings critical to a positive quality of life. In 2003 these experiences led her to open her own speech language pathology private practice, Essential Communication, Inc.

Mrs. Guice is nationally certified as a Speech Language Pathologist, licensed as the same in Georgia and holds multiple teaching certificates in Georgia. She has presented research at the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, received ASHA’s ACE award (Award for Continuing Education) and nominated two times by her peers for Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Guice has completed training in Lindamood-Bell’s Learning Processes, including Seeing Stars®, LIPs® and Visualizing and Verbalizing® approach for improving reading comprehension.

Her work with families with children on the autism spectrum has been greatly enriched by her completion of the process to become a RDI® Program Certified Consultant. She was the first RDI® Program Certified Consultant in the state of Georgia. Additionally, in 2006 Mrs. Guice was a contributing author to My Baby Can Dance, Stories of Autism, Asperger’s and Success through the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) Program.
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