Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist
Certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
My name is Stacey Thomas, speech-language pathologist (SLP) and owner of Jabber Jaw Kids, LLC. A graduate of the University of Florida with a master's degree in speech-language pathology, I have more than 18 years experience working as a pediatric SLP. My husband and I are blessed with four amazing children, one of whom was born with Down Syndrome.
My extraordinary position as a special needs mom and SLP has allowed me the unique perspective of understanding both the parent and professional roles. Like many of my clients and their parents, I can relate to their therapy experiences. My 16 year therapy journey with my son has not only strengthened my passion and resolve to help children with their speech and language needs, but to also assist families with their own unique journeys and struggles.
It is my mission to provide personalized, compassionate, family-centered speech and language therapy to improve your child's communication skills. I am so grateful to be able to practice my passion and to experience the accomplishments of your child along the way!
My name is Kathleen Sills. I am a graduate of the University of South Florida, I have over 34 years combined experience as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH). I hold a certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and hold licensure through the State of Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Florida Department of Education (DOE).
My experience includes working in the public schools, private practice, and the University settings. My passion is working with special populations, including children with hearing loss, autism spectrum disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, Down Syndrome, and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and have specific training in a variety of evidence based programs and practices. I provide family centered intervention in order to assist parents in facilitating their child’s communication skills leading to positive results.
I currently reside in Lutz with my two dogs and enjoy traveling, relaxing at the beach, camping, reading, and listening to music. I am excited to be a part of the Jabber Jaw Kids team!
My name is Kate Themides and I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP) from South Tampa. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University and my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida International University.
I am passionate about working with the pediatric population! I believe that each child is unique and deserves an individualized therapy plan in order to help them reach their full communication potential. I have enjoyed working within the clinical, preschool, elementary school, and home settings. I have experience working with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation delays and phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, stuttering, and augmentative and alternative communication. I believe in collaborating with parents and other professionals and implementing a team approach. It is so rewarding to watch a child become confident in their own voice!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, eating at local restaurants, traveling, and running on Bayshore Boulevard.
My name is Kristi Shearer and I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP) originally from Michigan and now live in Riverview. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Childhood Development, American Sign Language, and Communication Disorders from Central Michigan University and my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.
I have enjoyed my previous SLP experiences in the private practice, preschool, and hospital outpatient settings. I also have experience working as a behavior therapist in an applied behavior analysis program. I love working with the pediatric population including children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation delays, childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, autism spectrum disorder, augmentative and alternative communication, and phonological disorders. I truly love collaborating with families and other professionals to help maximize each child’s communication potential!
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and my Maltipoo, Miggy. I love to travel and be outside in the sunshine!