Tricia Garcia, M.S. CCC-SLP is the owner/founder of Gate to Communicate Speech Therapy. She is licensed by the board of California and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Tricia is originally from Upstate NY and obtained a Bachelor's Degree graduating Summa Cum Laude from State University of New York College at Cortland where she majored in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Psychology of the Child with Exceptionalities. She then continued her education at Radford University in Virginia to earn her Master's Degree.
Tricia has since primarily worked as a School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist helping students reach their potential for growth and development by providing high-quality speech therapy to enhance each child's communication skills. Through educational and professional experience, Tricia has had the opportunity to work with a variety of ages, populations and disorders. Tricia has always had a passion for working and developing meaningful connections with children.
Areas of specialization include early intervention, preschool speech and language delays & Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
Trainings & Qualifications
California Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE Award) Knows American Sign Language PROMPT® Trained Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing Trained (DTTC) Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Trained (K-SLP Method)
Gate to Communicate is now offering PROMPT therapy! PROMPT stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets. It is a multidimensional approach using tactile- kinesthetic cues on the jaw, face and under the chin to facilitate and develop oral muscular movements. This technique is used to stimulate speech production in individuals with a variety of communication disorders. The speech-language pathologist uses the PROMPT tactile cues to manually guide clients through complex movement sequences that are required for speech production that cannot be learned through observation and imitation alone. PROMPT takes into consideration all domains of development including cognitive/linguistic factors, physical/sensory, and social/emotion factors. Visual and auditory modalities are also incorporated in PROMPT therapy along with the tactile cues.
Only those Speech-Language Pathologists that have completed extensive training through the PROMPT institute can successfully administer this technique in therapy sessions. PROMPT speech therapy can benefit children with: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Down Syndrome, Dysarthria, Autism & more.