Hello there! Welcome to Koning Speech & Language Services.
My name is Hillary and I am a wife, mother, and speech-language pathologist in Atlanta, Georgia. I work with children of all ages, from late-talking toddlers to high school students with executive function deficits. I specialize in working with children whose communication difficulties are affecting their ability to communicate with their families and peers, and whose learning challenges are hampering their ability to be successful at school. I strongly believe in working closely with parents, teachers, and other interventionists to work as a team in targeting difficulties your child may be facing.
Over the years, I have found the most effective practice and best intervention outcomes come from in-home and in-school therapy. I often travel to my clients' homes, preschools, or schools in order to implement therapy in their natural environment. This practice also allows for collaboration with parents or teachers, resulting in change and support for your child throughout the day. I am passionate about raising the bar for our learners and providing them with the tools they need to be successful communicators, all while making therapy fun and engaging. Above all, your child's self-esteem is the foundation for their continued learning and growth.
I have been working in speech-language pathology for 15 years. I have a bachelors degree in Psychology and Spanish from Willamette University. I earned my masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Portland State University. I have also completed a post-graduate professional certification (autism specialist) in Autism Spectrum Disorders at UC Davis, and I am completing another certification in Gifted and Talented Education at UC San Diego. Many of our twice exceptional learners have strengths that should continue to be supported while we focus on intervention in areas of weakness.
My previous clinical experience includes both clinical and school settings, and my training includes DIR/Floortime, ABA treatment, Ages and Stages feeding and swallowing management, EmPOWER writing, executive dysfunction intensives, auditory processing training, Kaufman Speech training, and Hanen certification. Previous speaking engagements have included: Preschool Language Development, Working with Culturally- and Linguistically-Diverse families, Therapy with Adopted Learners, and Building a Literacy Foundation in School-Age Children. My therapy approach uses best practices based in research and your child's detailed assessment results and previous interventions to develop a fun, engaging process that helps build your child's skills and self-esteem.
I am licensed in Georgia, California, and Oregon, and I maintain my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech and Hearing Association.
In my spare time, I love to read and to travel. My family keeps me laughing, and my three daughters are my own little case studies in language and development.