Meet Sarah Vann, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Hi, I'm Sarah! Thanks for considering me for your SLP needs. Whether I am working with kids, teens, or adults, my therapeutic approach remains the same: I ensure my clinical practice is evidence-based, person centered, highly individualized, functional, and established on relationship and connection. I strive to help my clients be their highest communicative potential.
I consistently obtain success and positive outcomes from my clients because I understand the delicate balance between hard work and fun. I treat all of my clients with the same amount of care and kindness that I would want my own family to receive, and I believe that family involvement in some form or another is key to success.
I am currently working full time as a Feeding Specialist Speech Language Pathologist for Portland Public Schools and have officially absolved my clinic, but I continue to specialize in stuttering and have limited services available outside of normal business/school hours for Stuttering only. See below for more information. During the summer months, I am available for more private sessions and areas of need.
Speech Language Pathologist
Updated November 2020
Offering full evaluations for stuttering only at this time. They are completed remotely in combination with speaking sample recordings provided by parent/guardian, online questionnaires, and virtual sessions. More details provided in individual contacts.
I am currently not taking regular clients, but I am available for individual consultations for guidance, support, therapeutic suggestions, and refreshers for those who stutter, outside of the normal workday. Sessions to be determined on a case by case basis.
Stuttering is all too often misunderstood, underrepresented, and although with good intentions, not treated appropriately. Having experience in evaluation and treatment of stuttering of all ages in private practice, the schools, and telepractice, I am available to work with community SLPs, school districts, and healthcare professionals wanting to know more about how to approach stuttering evaluations and treatment.
Other Areas of Need on Hold
Below, several other areas of speech and language needs that I treat during the summer months are listed.
One's speech smoothness, rate, effort, and continuity is categorized under the term, Fluency. Stuttering is the most well-known difference which includes speaking behaviors such as repetitions, prolongations, and blocks. It often also includes emotional reactions that should be treated as well. Cluttering includes a rapid or irregular speech rate and disruptions in speech clarity. BeCC is proud to specialize in a holistic approach to evaluation and treatment of both stuttering and cluttering.
Sometimes children have troubles learning how to say specific sounds by the time there are expected to. Other times, planning and coordination of muscle movements are a challenge. Adults can have struggles that are either carried on from childhood or acquired as well. BeCC can increase functional speech production skills and intelligibility for any age.
Language & Literacy
As infants we begin learning language, but for some children, language development is delayed. Receptive Language refers to one's ability to understand what is being said, and Expressive Language is being able to share thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Literacy (reading, writing, spelling) can be impacted due to a specific language-based deficit-all of which BeCC can help with.
Social communication encompasses the rules of using language in different contexts. Deficits may be due to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, Selective Mutism, or a variety of other disorders. Individual and/or group therapy at BeCC can help develop social communication and interaction skills for kids through adults.
SLPs have a unique skill set to treat areas of need for problem feeders. Whether your child is frequently called a "picky eater," gets anxious with mealtime, struggles with transitioning to new foods, or you yourself are ready to eat outside of your comfort zone, therapy can help.
"Sarah is a gifted professional who has transformed our daughter's life and given us the tools we needed as parents to partner with our child through this process. Our daughter's face lights up when she talks about her sessions with Sarah, and we've seen firsthand how working with her has helped our daughter achieve her goals to speak with confidence. Sarah approaches her practice with compassion, skill, and a tremendous spirit of fun! We feel so lucky to have her in our lives."
— Ellie, parent
All sessions completed remotely at this time