Sarah, Mom of 2.5 Yr Old Girl
Lisa is brilliant. It is difficult to express in words how one person has given a young family so much hope.
We travelled from Australia to bring our 2.5 yr old daughter (who was non-verbal), to visit with Lisa. We had exhausted all our hopes of finding anyone who understood and could connect with our daughter, the way that Lisa did on our very first visit. Lisa is an attentive, dedicated, and extremely caring SLP, who is motivated beyond belief to reach goals for her clients. From our first initial contact Lisa remained attentive, and supportive of our journey, and skyped with us to gain a better understanding of our daughter before we travelled abroad.
Within the first couple of sessions, Lisa had our daughter using the sounds for 'more' and combining that with sign language to bridge the communication gap. Within our first week in Santa Monica, our daughter was improving in leaps and bounds with new sounds and associated signs. This made our heart sing, to think that she was actually helping our daughter, when so many had failed to do so. Lisa was prepared and organized and each session was specifically targeted at gaining the most appropriate and reasonable responses out of G, like a well oiled machine.
Once home the support has not stopped. Lisa regularly checks in to see how G is improving and what assistance we are receiving at home. She is always available to us when we have questions and/or need advice. She is truly one of a kind.
My husband is still referring to Lisa as the 'only person' who has helped our daughter get to where she is now with her speech. Our 2 week intensive visit with Lisa put us 6 months ahead with Gracie's progress, she is truly a magical SLP. We will be making the journey back. I would move there if I could!
Jaclyn, Mom of 2.5 Yr Old Girl
Lisa Klein is a brilliant, generous and thoughtful human being. As an SLP, she is dedicated, innovative and tireless in her efforts to improve her clients' ability to express themselves. Her devotion to her clients is paramount and her discipline as an apraxia specialist is admirable. She is continually educating herself on the cutting edge developments/methods to treat various speech disorders.
My 2.5 yr old daughter has Childhood Apraxia of Speech and upon first seeing Lisa, had only 8 words. After five months of therapy with Lisa, my daughter is nothing short of a little chatterbox, with a word count 75+. Her sessions with Lisa are, in my opinion, the secret to her success. Lisa tailors each session to the child, meeting them where they are at and inspiring excellence in their performance. Unlike, other SLPs we have worked with, she integrates unique rewards/opportunities that specifically motivate my daughter, making speech therapy more fun and satisfying as a whole. For instance, my daughter is a huge fan of Minnie Mouse. Noting this, Lisa got assimilated Minnie Mouse pictures and toys into the therapy to further interest my daughter. In other Speech Therapy practices, I've found that SLPs stick to a sort of "routine", utilizing the same tools for every child. Lisa truly customizes her sessions, targeting each child's specific motivators and engaging them to the fullest.
Lisa has gone above and beyond to comfort and educate us as a family as well. She is always there when we've needed professional advice or guidance. She is knowledgeable in so many areas and can offer insight into many of the obstacles that face kiddos struggling with speech. I've seen such an amazing transformation in my daughter's ability to communicate since we started with Lisa. I credit Lisa for giving my beautiful daughter a voice in this World. To me, Lisa is a guardian angel of sorts, providing my daughter with the tools and knowledge she needs to harness not just her voice, but also her burgeoning sense of self.
Rebecca, Mom of 3.5 Yr Old Boy
Lisa is an extraordinary therapist. When we connected with her, my 3.5 year old son was knee deep into a year's worth of speech therapy and had made little to no progress. Lisa was new to town and came highly recommended by a mother that had known her in New York. After our first conversation, I had a feeling she would be a game changer for us…and I was right! Lisa is much more than a speech therapist. She completely changed the muscle tone in my son's face, mouth and jaw and impressed upon us the importance of the "little things" that aid in effective speaking and articulation. In addition to basic speech learnings, she pinpointed his motor planning issues as it related to receptive language. The homework that she provided was specific, easy to follow and very effective if we were diligent on our end.
I have learned so much from her and we have seen enormous improvements over time. Lisa is a dream therapist and a key player, if not the coach, when it comes to an effective therapy team. My son adores her and will talk with her more than anyone. She truly "gets" him and he trusts and works hard for her. For a mother, it doesn't get much better than that.
Lisa worked with me for a period of 3 months while I was in rehab after a having brain surgery. Her knowledge and attention to detail helped me recover in a surprising and extraordinary way when she saw in me chances of rehabilitation that other professionals did not see. She taught me different strategies that helped me then and I still use. She was very patient and treated me with dignity and respect. Lisa made me feel like her friend, elevating my self-esteem and confidence which I needed at that time.
Stacy, Mom of 13 Yr Old Boy
Lisa Klein is an extraordinary speech therapist. My son has been in speech therapy ever since he was two years old and has seen many therapists that were considered the best in the field. About three years ago, when he turned 10, we stopped speech therapy. He had made a lot of progress but still had what seemed like an endless way to go, but we felt it was a good idea for him to take a break. Then, a few months ago, his pediatrician sent us to see Lisa to work on his articulation issues. As soon as we met Lisa I knew it was going to be a completely different experience.
Besides being so lovely and nurturing, she worked with him on his tongue placement in a way no other therapist ever had. She observed him closely and worked actually inside his mouth with her fingers to show him where his tongue should be. He was never showed this or taught this way before - it was always the same rote drills that he was bored of and only got him to a certain point in his articulation. Most importantly, she noticed that his lingual frenulum (tongue tied) appeared to be tight and sent us to see an ENT specialist. That specialist confirmed Lisa’s diagnosis, and Nate is now scheduled for surgery.
Over all the past 11 years not one single doctor or speech therapist noticed this problem, so easy to fix, that would have helped our son so long ago. The ENT specialist said this will make a massive difference in improving our son’s speech! We are so thankful to Lisa for noticing this - if she hadn’t, he would have never been able to get any further on his articulation then he is today. We are just sorry we hadn’t found her earlier.
Lisa is truly unlike any speech therapist we have seen in 11 years. She is smart, kind and so nice to be around, our son actually looks forward to see her! Our family trusts and loves Lisa!
Cassidy, Dad of 4 Yr Old Boy
My son is autistic and although we were able to diagnosis and begin interventions with him quickly, he was non verbal up until about 4 yrs old. He had been in speech therapy early on with minimal progress, and when Lisa was recommended to us, at around the time he turned 4, he was still basically unintelligible to anyone but myself and his mother. His communication consisted mostly of primitive behavioral expressions, or squeaks, and sometimes high pitched noises. Language and words completely evaded him...
Fast forward a year -
Now my son is verbal. He talks and says what he wants, is constantly improving and able to speak in sentences. People understand him, and he's able to tell us what's going on, express himself, and even talks at times about how he's feeling. He enjoys his sessions with Lisa, which had not been the case in the past with other therapists. It's clear he knows what's she's giving him and wants more of it.
Prior to meeting Lisa I would often, when by myself, find myself looking at my son, who would be sitting silently completing some repetitive task, or quietly gazing through the window out of the corner of his eye, or maybe even sleeping. I would look at him in those moments and know beyond the shadow of a doubt that my son was in there. I would wonder to myself what he was thinking, or what he might say, or who he might be. And I wondered if I would ever know...
Well, because of Lisa, I do know. She gave my son a voice. And he tells me all the time what he thinks about the world. I can't repay her for that. I can't thank her enough. I can't tell you what it means to hear him talk about rocket ships, or Superman, or whether he can have some orange juice. I really can't express what it means that Lisa helped my son to speak, but it's one of the most amazing things I've ever experienced in MY life, and I know it means the world to my son...
Kavita, Mom of 3 Yr Old Boy
Our 3 year old son worked with Lisa for over a year and I wish he still was!! Lisa is a natural with kids. She is knowledgeable and is able to easily connect. Our son, who did not have any expressive language at 3 years old, improved drastically with spontaneous speech and expressive language once he started working with her and he actually looked forward to his sessions with her! Lisa is one of the best in her field, she works really hard to ensure that each and every child reaches his/her full potential! I would very highly recommend her!
Elizabeth, Mom of 3 Yr Old Girl
_This is where we finally met the person who was able to give our daughter the gift of language. Isabella said her first word (“up”) about 1 week after her first session with Lisa, and her language has grown exponentially since then. In fact, my 3 year old daughter is now consistently saying 4 word sentences, and finally is able to communicate with others in a way that we never expected that she would. Lisa is an exceptional speech pathologist, and she is truly an advocate for all children with special needs everywhere. It is very clear that the motivation that drives her practice is changing the lives of families and giving children a lifetime of opportunities.