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 13 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 and I am a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and certified teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH). I have over 34 years combined experience. 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 full time for the School District of Hillsborough County as a preschool and parent-infant DHH teacher (1985-2001) and as a resource SLP (2001-2010) working specifically with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I have worked part time in private practice. More recently, I was a clinical instructor in Speech Language Pathology at the University of South Florida (2010-2019) where I mentored graduate SLP clinicians in the Master of Science program while serving individuals with various communication disorders. I also led undergraduate and graduate students through a variety of community outreach opportunities across the Tampa Bay area, as well as study abroad trips to Belize where I provided teacher education and training at local schools, and implemented facilitative strategies for enhancing the communication and language skills of Belizean children with special needs.
I have expertise in working with children with hearing loss, autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, Down Syndrome, and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. I am highly skilled in treating children with phonological, language, and fluency disorders. Additionally, I have experience and special interest in working with children diagnosed with selective mutism. I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), certified by the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program, have extensive experience with the Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment program, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS) program, and the Speech Perception Instructional Curriculum and Evaluation-2nd ed. (SPICE-2), among various other evidence based programs.
I currently reside in Lutz and enjoy traveling, relaxing at the beach, camping, reading, and listening to music.
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.