Kimberly Erickson M.S., CCC-SLP, WDP
Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training & Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech; Certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner
I am a certified speech-language pathologist with nearly 30 years of professional experience. I am also a mother to my beautifully brave daughter who was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as a young child. Together, we have been on this journey for many years now.
I earned my Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. For many years and most recently, I have served children in an educational setting. In addition to my pediatric experience, I have also worked with adults in acute care, subacute care and rehabilitation settings.
I have special interest, passion and devotion in serving children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)—a severe neurological speech disorder that affects a child’s ability to clearly and correctly produce syllables and words. My personal and professional experiences with CAS led me to pursue specialized education and training through the Apraxia Kids organization and Child Apraxia Treatment—a program of the Once Upon a Time Foundation. Having completed this training, I am now recognized by Apraxia Kids for advanced training and expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Additionally, in an effort to support the literacy needs of children with speech sound disorders, I pursued training in Wilson Reading System through The University of Utah Reading Clinic and completed certification to become a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner.
Over the years, I have taken many hours of professional development courses related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) in an effort to give my daughter a voice. Beautifully Said Speech Therapy was born with a hope to share not only what I have learned as an SLP mom of a child with severe CAS but also as a professional expert who can deliver evidence-based speech/language and reading services to children in my community.
My husband and I are the parents of seven children and three adorable grandchildren. My time outside of being an SLP is spent with my family. We love road trips and exploring places we have never been before. I love collecting children's books and am looking forward to sharing my Little Free Library with my clients. I love writing and dream of one day writing and publishing a children's book of my own. I enjoy organized, beautiful spaces that encourage happy creativity. We love baking chocolate chip cookies together! We have 2 Holland Lop bunnies--Willow and Whiskers; and 6 chickens--Mrs. Patmore, Daisy, Harriet, Nellie, Sally Henny Penny and Astrid.
Advanced Training & Certifications
Apraxia Kids™ Boot Camp Graduate
Advanced training through Child Apraxia Treatment—a program of the Once Upon a Time Foundation
Certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner through Wilson Reading System
Trained in Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC)
Trained in Principles of Motor Learning (PML)
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Our journey with Childhood Apraxia of Speech began quite unexpectedly. In the summer of 2008, my husband and I traveled to the People's Republic of China to finalize the long-awaited and much-anticipated adoption of our daughter. She was just two years old at the time. We had been matched to her through China’s Waiting Child program—a program designed to place children with special needs. In all honesty, I didn’t worry when I read of delayed speech and language milestones in her paperwork. It seemed like just another reason she was a perfect match for our family.
Now, many years later, we more fully understand the genetically rare and medically complex needs of our beautiful daughter. I will never forget the day she said her name for the very first time. She was seven years old. She never ceases to inspire me and has truly taught me what it means to be brave.
I share our story to convey in a small way the passion and heart I have for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I recognize the gift it is to meet a professional who is not only knowledgeable but who can also offer compassion and hope. I happened upon such a professional at a time I was desperate for answers. The way we came to know each other is a story for another day, but to me, the connection was a miracle. She offered me hope, a hopeful journey to words.