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Meet Our Team

We have brought together a group of talented clinicians, continually learning new ways to provide the most effective services

Jennifer Johns, MA, CCC-SLP 

Jennifer has gained experience working with children from toddlerhood through adolescence.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and her master’s degree from Western Washington University, and went on to work in local schools and multidisciplinary clinics.  She is particularly interested in Autism, motor speech disorders, and early communication skills. 

 

Jennifer is a PROMPT Certified Clinician, and was mentored for several years by two skilled PROMPT instructors.  She is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program, and has received training in Lindamood Bell’s LiPS and Visualizing and Verbalizing (VV) programs.  She is experienced with pre-verbal communication development, low-tech augmentative communication tools (e.g.: PECS, communication books, voice output devices), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Greenspan’s Floor Time, and other techniques effective with children with Autism as well as a variety of other communication disorders.  Although she does not administer it formally, she has also been trained to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS).  This tool is often be part of the Autism diagnostic process conducted by a neurologist or neurodevelopmental evaluation team, but knowledge of the ADOS can also lend valuable insights to work with children on the Autism spectrum.  Jennifer was selected for and attended the Western Workshop, an intensive stuttering seminar for clinicians presented biennially by the Stuttering Foundation of America, and has been trained in the Lidcombe Program for stuttering as well.

 

• Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC):

American Speech and Hearing Association

• Speech-Language Pathology License:

Washington State Department of Health

Jennifer resides in the Snohomish area with her husband and two children.

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Jenna Porter, MA, CF-SLP

Jenna earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Washington University, and earned her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Western Washington University. Jenna has worked with a variety of children at the university speech-language and hearing clinic, ranging from preschool aged to middle school, with a variety of speech and language disorders. She first joined Snohomish Speech and Language as a student intern during her graduate studies, and decided to officially join our staff. 

Jenna is passionate about working with neurodivergent populations such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, building early functional communication skills, and providing therapy for individuals using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. She maintains a working proficiency in American Sign Language, and when appropriate, incorporates ASL into holistic language therapy. 

Jenna resides in Whatcom County with her partner, and enjoys rock climbing, reading fiction, and tending to her many houseplants. 

Kayleigh Ash, MS, CCC-SLP

Kayleigh is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with a background in pediatric therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Northern Michigan University and went on to receive her Master’s degree at Purdue University.

She provides services to individuals with a variety of communication differences and disabilities, including articulation and phonological disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), receptive and expressive language delays and disorders, social communication, Autism, and Dyslexia.

 

Kayleigh is experienced in providing neurodiversity-affirming comprehensive evaluations and specialized / individualized treatment to Autistic children, teens, and adults. She is trained in The SCERTS® Model, a research-based approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core differences and challenges faced by children and people with Autism and related disabilities, and their families.

She is trained in Lindamood-Bell’s Seeing Stars program, a sensory-cognitive approach to teaching symbol imagery for spelling, reading, and writing; and the Visualizing and Verbalizing (VV) program. Kayleigh conducts 1:1 sessions for individuals with Dyslexia and those that need additional literacy support.

Kayleigh is also experienced in programming and implementation of low and high-tech AAC. She is level 1 trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is proficient with speech-generated devices, such as Proloquo2go, TouchChat, and Tobii Dynavox devices.

 

She enjoys serving her local community and works part-time in the Snohomish School District’s developmental preschool program and Assistive Technology (AT) department. She resides in Snohomish with her husband, two cats, and puppy.

• Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC): American Speech and Hearing Association

• Speech-Language Pathology License: Washington State Department of Health

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Lily Dean, MA, CF-SLP

Lily earned her Bachelors of Social work and Masters of Speech Language Pathology at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Lily has a variety of experience working with children from toddlers to adolescents. She has experience working with children in the university speech clinic, acute care, and an elementary school with a structured learning program for children with Autism. 

 

Her passion lies in helping children overcome communication barriers and achieve their full potential. Whether it’s assisting a toddler in developing their first words or supporting a teenager with social communication skills, she tailors each therapy session to meet the unique needs and interests of the child. She prioritizes family involvement and collaboration. She works closely with parents and caregivers to provide education, resources, and strategies for carryover outside of therapy sessions. With training in areas such as early language development, articulation disorders, fluency, and pragmatic language skills, she is equipped to address a wide range of speech and language concerns. Her goal is not only to improve communication abilities but also to foster confidence, self-expression, and social connections in every child she works with.

 

Lily grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is excited to experience the PNW. She is looking forward to exploring the beautiful state with her partner and dog. In her free time Lily enjoys going to Mariners games, exploring the mountains, and paddle boarding with her partner. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with your family and support your child’s communication journey.

Taylor Alflen, MS, CF-SLP

Taylor earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marymount California University, completed her Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University – Glendale. Taylor has worked extensively with children throughout her life in multiple capacities and continued to build on these skills during graduate school with children at the university speech and language clinic, hospital acute care and outpatient clinic, and at a K-8 school within a specialized Autism program. She also worked with adults at the university speech and language clinic and in hospital acute care. She decided to join Snohomish Speech and Language as she grew up in Seattle and was ready to return and give back to her community.


Taylor is experienced in working with the Autistic population, beginning as an ABA Senior Behavior Technician, then as a lab member of the Translational Adapted Group (TAG) Lab at Midwestern University, which focused on developing and implementing community-based events focused on literacy, family education, and Autism. She is passionate about providing intervention that incorporates neurodiversity affirming principles, such as total communication, natural language acquisition/gestalt language processing, and sensory integration. She has particular interests in using naturalistic and play-based therapy techniques, building prelinguistic skills, developing functional communication, and pediatric feeding therapy. She also enjoys designing and
implementing functional language and cognition therapy for adults with acquired or progressive disorders. She is proficient in Spanish and has experience providing care in
both English and Spanish. She has experience incorporating basic ASL and visuals to enhance therapy and augment language development.

 

Taylor lives in Snohomish County with her partner. In her free time, she enjoys baking, enjoying the outdoor activities the PNW has to offer, exploring farmer’s markets with her
partner, embroidery, and watching sports with her family.

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