Lisa Kness is the owner and Speech Language Pathologist for Salmon Sez… Speech & Language Therapy, LLC.
Salmon Sez… serves all of Prince of Wales Island located in SouthEast Alaska. Lisa graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1988 with a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice by the State of Alaska. She moved to Prince of Wales Island in June, 2009 and opened Salmon Sez… in October, 2011. She works with infants, toddlers, children and adults in a variety of areas including:
- Speech delays – also referred to as articulation disorders – this is the person’s ability to produce speech sounds. The most common example is “w” for “r”, such as saying “wabbit for rabbit”, but also affects other speech sounds.
- Language – receptive (understanding) and expressive (talking/communicating) – can be affected by developmental delays, following a stroke or head injury or related to certain diagnosis such as Autism.
- Dysphagia – swallowing/eating disorders – Swallowing and eating can be affected following a stroke or head injury and may place a person at high risk for aspiration pneumonia. Swallowing and eating can also be affected for people with autism due to sensory and oral motor challenges which may affect diet, nutrition, and increased risks for choking.
- Pragmatics – Social Use of Language – Social pragmatic skills may be interrupted by developmental delays, certain diagnosis such as autism and/or by mental illnesses. This is a person’s ability to learn and recognize social skills such as body language, humor and making friends.
If you are concerned about yourself or a family in one or more of the above areas you will need to discuss with your doctor (primary care physician). At that time your provider will send a referral to Salmon Sez… Once that referral is received I will contact you to discuss and schedule an initial evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed and it is determined services are warranted, then a Plan of Care (goals) are developed and Speech and Language Therapy sessions will be scheduled.
If you’re not sure, and are not quite ready to make an appointment with your doctor Lisa provides FREE consultations! All Speech-Language services are provided in your home and/or community. I come to you!
Salmon Sez… accepts Medicaid, Denali Kid Care, Private Insurance and Private Pay.