Kaiting received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology with a bilingual extension at Columbia University. She speaks English and Mandarin natively, Spanish and Portuguese fluently, and is at beginner level in American Sign Language. She is a nationally (American Speech and Hearing Association) and state (Texas Speech and Hearing Association) certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). She has worked as a SLP in the school, outpatient clinic, and home health settings across the world (Austin, TX, New York City, NY, La Paz, Bolivia, and Accra, Ghana).
She has presented at academic conferences on using theatre to build confidence and leadership skills. She holds a certification from the Little Yoga House as a children's yoga teacher and attended a dialectical behavior therapy class to learn to teach emotional regulation and developmental social skills. Her poster on using more than standardized scores to diagnose patients was accepted at the ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) conference.
Why I became a SLP:
Being a child of immigrants, growing up between 3 countries, I grew up observing the social isolation that results from communication struggles. From that experience, I became passionate about helping people that feel different to embrace their uniqueness and celebrate their inner beauty. I believe that evidence-based techniques are the minimum for outstanding services. Outstanding services empower children and adolescents to find purpose and joy in using their voice.
In addition to being a SLP, I spend my time hiking and RV camping, practicing Chinese calligraphy, weightlifting, reading historical non-fiction, hula hooping, and playing piano.
From Dr. Katie Hartmann:
"Few speech-language pathologists whom I have worked with achieve the sincerity and depth of caring that I have seen from Kaiting Bronson. Kaiting takes time to get to know each of her clients, and she uses information about their personality, culture, and interests to design customized sessions. Students are engaged to the extent that they feel like they are playing fun games rather than merely participating in therapy.
In the event that students do not make expected progress, I have observed Kaiting think deeply and make tweaks to her sessions until children respond to the intervention. Not only does she want to see students make progress in the session, but she follows up with parents and teachers to make sure that kids improve their speech at home, school, and the community.
I cannot say enough positive things about Kaiting and encourage potential clients to seek opportunities to work with her."
From Vina Ortiz, Mother:
"Our daughter, Dia, was diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss shortly after birth, and wears hearing aids. In addition, we speak to her in Mandarin and Spanish at home, and she learns English at daycare. We found that the speech therapists with Early Intervention weren't able to accurately assess her needs and progress, and finding Kaiting was like discovering a unicorn!
Not only did Kaiting's language skills support our daughter's particular learning environment, but her approach to our daughter's needs was thoughtful, un-hurried and personal. She spent time getting to know us and how we raise her, and got to know Dia's personality as well. The therapy treatments she used were engaging and enjoyable for Dia, perfectly meeting the learning needs of a 1.5 year old and taking into account her interests, and she warmed up to Kaiting immediately. Our sessions were always fun for Dia, and informative for us. As parents, we were giving the skills needed to continue therapy with her on our own between sessions. Even after "graduating" from a particular set of therapy, Kaiting left us with ways to continue encouraging Dia's development. When we did our next speech assessment with Early Intervention, we were told that in some areas, Dia was much farther ahead than expected.
If you're a parent considering speech therapy for your child, I would highly recommend Kaiting Bronson!"
From Ana Martines, Mother:
"I like how she carried out therapies with my son. She's a good person and my son liked his therapy sessions with her too."
From Mother of patient:
"She is very good. Because of her I have a little parakeet in my house. She does magic and she is a wonderful person. Because of this my son never forgot her."
From Mother of patient:
Our daughter’s speech has exploded in both English and Spanish. She’s also much more confident in trying to speak, and she’s excited to try new words. She beams with pride, and she’s much less frustrated than she was previously. She’s by no means perfect, but for the first time, we’re seeing a real and steady improvement that is uplifting for both her and us as her parents.
Seeing her connect two and three-word phrases has been really fun, because it has allowed her to interact more with her brother and with us. She most recently has been saying “no thank you” to just about anything, and it’s fun and adorable. We’ll say it’s time for bed, and she’ll run away saying “no thank you.” It just cracks us up, and she knows it— her improved speech has allowed her to express herself and reveal her personality more, which is quite feisty it seems.
Kaiting is flexible, caring, creative, responsive and multilingual. Most of all, she was incredibly effective in reaching our child and getting her excited about expressing herself. I also felt that the evaluation was thorough, and her place on the “curve” of language acquisition was explained very clearly to us. I knew where we were starting, I had an idea of where we wanted to be and the milestones along the way. Most importantly, she gave us tools to work with Emma at home. And they were simple. They didn’t feel like work, they easily integrated into our lives, but they made a real and tangible difference in how we interacted with our daughter and how she responded to us. Moreover, for anyone in a bilingual household, I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful it is to have someone be able to communicate in both language or even understand the nuances of children being raised in a multilingual household.
What I found most helpful, was that we were instructed, very simply on how to engage her more when speaking— how to encourage two-word phrases, how to use Hand motions to show “give me” or other things that aren’t difficult for us to try and model at home. I also appreciated that she would text me a question prior to a less to gauge how she was doing and where we were.
These therapy sessions were really clear and effective. The communication style between us (parent and therapist) as well as with our daughter was easy and natural.
The following components are used to determine present levels of a child's strengths and weaknesses to determine the best plan of care.
Standardized testing compares child's ability to assumed age-appropriate criteria
Clinical testing includes language samples during non-standardized testing such as play activities and narratives
Dynamic assessment evaluates a child's learning style and ability to acquire skills
Personalized sessions are created based on a patient's needs and interests. The goal is to produce experiences most relevant and of high significance to them while keeping a focus on functional speech and language.
Home exercise plans are created in order to ensure carryover of skills gained in therapy sessions to home and community environments.
Strategic planning with members of the community, such as the patient's teacher and school-based Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, ABA therapist,and others help ensure patients are being treated with compatible approaches.
Delays in organizing sound systems in the brain and articulating phonemes that do not reflect the norms of others of the same age and language background in their community.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with speech disorders as a result of developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, and Down syndrome.
Delays in expressive, receptive and/or pragmatic language development that do not reflect the norms of others of the same age and language background in their community.
I specialize in working with children and adolescents with language disorders as a result of developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, and Down syndrome.
Commonly known as stuttering or cluttering. Symptoms of stuttering include feeling words are stuck, arrhythmic and bumpy speech, etc. Secondary symptoms may include low self-esteem, facial tremors, etc.
I specialize in working with people of all ageswith fluency disorders both with no other comorbidities or as a result of cognitive delays.
You may contact me using the information below by phone call or email. Please allow up to 48 business hours for a response.
Phone: (737) 888-1024
Services are offered at your home for your convenience.
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