Candy Almquist

 

Candy completed her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Minnesota in 1995. In 2001, Candy opened Kid Talk providing speech-language therapy to children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Downs Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, developmental delays, TBI, strokes, neurological diseases as well as various other medical diagnoses. She has extensive experience with the following: Articulation impairments and phonological delays, Verbal Apraxia, Dysarthria, Aphasia, oral motor impairments, swallowing (dysphagia) and feeding disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders. Candy continues to expand her knowledge of new therapy techniques and tools to ensure success for the children and adults she treats by regularly attending workshops. She recently became the fifth Certified Orofacial Myologist in Minnesota and feels that this certification has positively impacted her professional skills like no other continuing education course has in the 22 years she has been practicing! It has made her a much more skilled therapist! She is also a Level 3 Trained Talk Tools therapist and loves working with children with Down Syndrome. Candy believes that the therapy process is a team effort between the therapist, the patient, the patient’s parents and physician. She knows that the patient makes progress faster with consistent attendance and carryover of skills taught in the therapy room to the home environment on a daily basis. She believes that therapy should be functional and gets the most satisfaction out of her work as a speech-language pathologist from watching her patients grow and overcome their challenges.

  • Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (2003)
  • Pediatric Dysphagia Evaluation and Therapy Protocol (2003)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Oral Feeding Skills with Emphasis on Oral Motor Function (2003)
  • Developing Oral Motor and Feeding Skills in Down Syndrome Population (2005)
  • Enhancing Phonological and Metaphonological Skills of Children with Highly Unintelligible Speech (2005)
  • Diagnosis and Program Planning for Clients with Oral Motor Based Communication Disorders (2005)
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment/Treatment for the School Aged Child (2006)
  • The SCERTS Model“: A comprehensive Educational Approach (2007)
  • Autism Subtypes, Feeding Issues and Nutrition (2008)
  • Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating ADHD (2008)
  • Practical Therapy Techniques for Persistent Articulation Errors (2009)
  • Fast ForWord Trained Clinician (2009)
  • Working with Preschoolers Who Stutter (2009)
  • Assessing and Treating Narrative Language in Children with Language Impairments (2009)
  • Nutrition Therapy Feeding Intervention for Austism, Asperger’s and ADHD (2010)
  • Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach by Lori Overland (2011)
  • The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding Basic (2011)
  • Advanced Training in Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (2011)
  • Assessment and Treatment of the Jaw-Putting it all Together: Sensory, Feeding and Speech (2012)
  • AAC Developments for Individuals with Stroke or Brain Injury (2013)
  • Dealing with Dysarthria and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (2013)
  • Assessing and Treating Aphasic Word-Retrieval Impairment in Discourse (2013)
  • Communication Partner Training in Aphasia (2013)
  • Introductory Course in Orofacial Myology (2014)
  • Sensory Deficits in Infants and Children (2015)
  • Level 3 Trained Talk Tools Therapist (2016)
  • Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology (2014)
  • Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation (2016)
  • Thumb Class is in Session (2017)