Alice Lee, M.A., CCC-SLP
I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in various parts of the world such as England, Germany, and the United States. Having been exposed to many different cultures, languages, and backgrounds, I began to take interest in working alongside children, families, and adults from various backgrounds and with different concerns. I have also had a heart to serve others through my work as I have witnessed and experienced such joy in journeying together with individuals and their families through whatever concerns they may have. Since pursuing this field, I have worked with a variety of children and families in hospitals (acute care, acute rehabilitation), schools, and private practice settings, and have worked with those with expressive/receptive language delays or disorders, speech sound delays/disorders, voice disorders, aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive-communication disorders. I have also worked with multilingual families as they navigate the intricacies of bilingual and multilingual language development having also been raised as a bilingual (Korean and English) individual.
I believe that each individual and family has their unique circumstances and challenges; therefore, not one single method or approach works for everyone, and therapy needs to be catered towards the individuals’ goals and needs. I focus on working together with the individuals and their families in order to support their needs both in and outside of the therapy room and to maximize generalization of learned skills to functional communication settings and opportunities in everyday activities.
Generally speaking, I use more child-led, play-based approaches with younger children with language delays or disorders, as children often thrive in learning and utilizing language through play. Milieu therapy is one of the few ways that I approach this. This involves setting up the environment in which the child can play naturally whilst the therapist provides many communication opportunities via various techniques (e.g. communication temptation, language expansion/extension, repetition, etc.) through that specific environment and child’s interest.
For older children/adolescents with language delays or disorders, I tend to use more metacognitive strategies so that the individual is able to take more control over their goals and therapy as well as use higher-level thinking skills to evaluate what they are learning. Therapy activities can range from very structured to less structured activities, depending on the level of support the individual needs.
For those with speech sound delays or disorders, I may either decide to take a specific phonological approach (e.g. cycles approach, minimal pairs therapy, etc) or an articulation approach by incorporating aspects of techniques such as Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) or Principles of Motor Learning. I enjoy using the individuals’ interests and functional communication in order select target words and increase motivation as high repetition of accurate productions of target words is important and crucial in articulation/phonological therapy.
As mentioned above, I focus on making therapy as functional as possible for the client. Therefore, when working with adult/geriartric clients, it is important to identify how to target the deficit while accomplishing the individuals’ personal goals. I often work together with the client and/or caregiver to set functional and attainable goals to increase success both in and out of the therapy room. Adults may present with various diagnoses/concerns such as voice disorder, dysphagia (swallowing disorder), aphasia (acquired language disorder due to, for example, a stroke or traumatic brain injury), or cognitive-communication disorder. Regardless of the diagnoses, I will use evidence-based practice that incorporates updated research on practices, my clinical expertise, and the client’s unique perspectives. For example, someone with a secondary muscle tension (voice) disorder may benefit from aspects of the Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy in order to reduce pain and hoarseness of their voice with the overall goal of improving their quality of life when speaking with their family and friends.
- Speech & Language
I love exploring new cafes/restaurants and traveling to new places in my free time. I also love baking and cooking (and eating!) and spend quality time with my family and friends!
- MA: Calvin University (2019), Grand Rapids, MI (Speech & Language Pathology)
- BA: Calvin University (2018), Grand Rapids, MI (Speech Language Pathology & Audiology)
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, USA, #14285284)
- California State Licensed Speech Language Pathologist (CA, USA #30183)