Kim Christensen has worked with adults and children with special needs for more than 15 years in residential, recreational, and therapeutic settings. Kim graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, and received her Master of Science degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University.
Kim takes great joy in providing one-on-one speech and language therapy services to children of all ages and all ability levels. Her approach is tailored to each child in order to accommodate their unique personality and individual needs. In her experience working with children, this has been a key to building a lasting connection and a trusting foundation from which to build communication skills. Motherhood has further shaped Kim’s perspective on her work, and she strives more than ever to provide family-centered assessment and therapy services which are sensitive to the needs, concerns, and priorities of each family.
While Kim is trained in and enjoys working with a broad range of communication delays and disorders, she has advanced training in autism spectrum disorders, apraxia of speech, and nonverbal children. She integrates her professional training in SCERTS, DIR/Floortime, the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, SATPAC, Talk Tools, Hanen More Than Words and PROMPT to provide an individualized, developmentally-based intervention program for each child. Kim consults with the Autism Center of Northern California (ACNC) and JumpStart Learning to Learn, providing parent education and hands-on training for families of children with autism spectrum disorders. Kim and her husband also run a small non-profit organization, SF Smiles, which provides basic necessities and baby/children’s items to families in need by collecting gently used donations from the community.
Adrienne Mann, M.A., CCC-SLP
Adrienne Mann graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and received a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University in 2014. She has worked in a variety of pediatric clinical settings including schools and private practices and has experience providing therapy to clients with various types of communication disorders including autism spectrum disorders, articulation, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Adrienne has a passion for helping children achieve their goals and enhancing their ability to communicate with others. She has interests in articulation and language development as well as augmentative and alternative communication. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, and going to the beach.
Katrina (“Kat”) Yupangco earned her Master of Science degree with an Autism Concentration from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2013. Kat has worked in a variety of settings, including a school collaborative and private practice. She has experience providing 1:1 therapy for clients aged 2-24 years old with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, developmental delay, expressive and receptive language disorders, speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, and emotional-behavioral disorders. In addition, she has instructed groups focusing on social skills, activities of daily living, women’s health, self-advocacy, executive function, and self-regulation. Kat’s areas of interest include pragmatic language, autism spectrum disorders, and independent living skills. Kat strongly believes in a “team approach” and enjoys collaborating with families and other professionals. She is passionate about making therapy a fun experience and creating a nurturing learning environment. She also strives to “bring therapy home” by providing families the tools and strategies to foster and support their child’s communication skills throughout their day. In her free time, Kat enjoys traveling, yoga, spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, and biking around the city.
We have recently welcomed four new SLPs to our team: Aida Rahimi, Alessa Kutten, Cady Drummonds, and Ryanne Ziemba. Bios and photos coming soon!