You’re not alone.

We know it can be scary to watch your child miss important milestones.

It’s hard to know what to do, and even harder to deal with a diagnosis you didn’t want to hear. You want so badly to help your child gain the skills they need to have happy, successful lives in the future.

But where do you start?

At Talk and Play Associates, we get it.

It’s okay to feel sad, discouraged, or even overwhelmed by your child’s needs. For more than 10 years we’ve helped hundreds of children and families just like yours chart a path forward.

Children are resilient, and so are you! We’re committed to helping you learn how to help your child communicate and interact in meaningful ways with you and their environment so you can replace worry with joy at their progress.

The Answers You’re Looking For

Let’s make a plan that addresses your child’s specific needs.

1. Talk to Us

A conversation with one of our team members will help us guide you to the next best steps for your child.

2. Get an Evaluation

Starting with a questionnaire, listening to your concerns, and observing your child, we create a customized plan for therapy.

3. Begin Therapy

Your child’s therapist will work with your family to set goals for building skills and celebrate with you as your child makes progress.

You are your child’s first and most influential interaction partner. To help your child learn new and important skills, our knowledgeable, compassionate therapists provide you with fun, engaging, and easy-to-implement tasks for supporting your child at home.

It may feel dark now, but your child’s future is bright. We’ll help you get there, one small step at a time.

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Meet Our Team

Talk and Play Team Pamela Mayer

Pam D. Mayer, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Pam D. Mayer, MS, CCC-SLP earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Language Pathology from Idaho State University and began her professional career as a private contractor providing services in rehabilitation, behavioral, and private pediatric settings. In addition, she was honored to be invited to return to Idaho State University as a Clinical Instructor where she taught and supervised graduate students in their clinical experience in the university’s communication preschool program. She discovered early on in her career that her passion is working with children and their families using research-based clinical approaches.

Pam is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Colorado. She has been the recipient of ASHA’s ACE award for her commitment to continued professional development.

Pam was privileged to be involved with the Idaho Speech-Language-Hearing Association and to serve two terms as President of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association and as the Colorado representative to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Council of State Association Presidents. In addition, she has consulted with state and national Medicaid committees on issues of policy and reimbursement.

Talk and Play Associates was opened in 2012 as a result of Pam’s desire to establish a private practice committed to providing excellent therapies but, most importantly, an environment where families and children can feel supported and valued.

Pam and her husband, John, moved to Colorado Springs in 2007 from southeast Idaho. They have two adult children, a granddaughter, and a grandson of whom they are very proud.

“There aren’t enough positive words in the English language to describe what Pam at Talk and Play Associates has done for our son and family. Five years ago he was a quiet kindergartener who rarely spoke to anyone, and now he is a talkative, sometimes obnoxious 10 year old. We love you, Pam!”

Dave, Carlina, and Erik Welge

Jennifer Cupples, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Jennifer Cupples, MS, CCC-SLP  – Clinical Director

Jennifer enjoys assisting parents in learning strategies to support their young child’s communication development at home. She earned degrees from the University of Utah and California State University, Sacramento. Jennifer has worked with children from birth to high school in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with issues such as feeding and swallowing, language disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, voice and resonance disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and cleft palate. 

Jennifer is a member of the American and Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Associations and is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk® program. She and her husband, Ken, have two children, Luke and Hope, volunteer with preschool-aged children at her local church, and enjoy bowling in the local and state community.

Jennifer Cupples, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Brook Robinson, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Brook has a passion for working with children and their families in reaching their communication goals. She is committed to tailoring therapy to meet the unique needs and interests of each child in a warm and encouraging environment. Brook earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at University of Colorado-Boulder, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Mississippi University for Women. She is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed in Colorado. Brook has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of pediatric populations with a variety of needs  including early language delays, speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency (stuttering) and pragmatic deficits.

Brook has traveled the world being raised in an Air Force family and married to an Air Force Pilot. They have recently relocated to Colorado with their 3 children, Eli, Luke and Evie, and their beloved golden retriever, Hank.

She stays busy with her kids’ activities and enjoys being outdoors, reading, traveling, watercolor painting, and cheering for her favorite sports teams (Go Broncos!).

“We have been going to Talk and Play for over a year and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with my son! We have seen great improvement in his behavior and speech. I couldn’t imagine my son working with anyone better! Janise (SLP) and Jessica (COTA) support and challenge him in all aspects of his therapy.”

Christina Reyes

Janise Harmon, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Morgan Cooper, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist

Morgan loves working with families to help children reach their maximum potential through achieving their communicative goals. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to working with children, Morgan worked in adult settings with a focus on dysphagia and cognitive therapy. Morgan has experience working with children from ages birth to 18 years of age and has a passion for feeding/swallowing and early language treatment.

Morgan is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Morgan and her husband, Zach, moved to Colorado from Texas in 2017 and have a son named Tatum. Morgan and her family enjoy spending time outside and traveling.

Jessica Mullins, Front desk

Emily Whiting, MS, Clinical Fellow – Speech Language Pathologist

Emily’s work is dedicated towards helping children and their families meet their speech, reading, and language goals starting from early childhood. She has a passion for providing fun, play-based speech therapy activities that will help children reach their unique and individualized communication goals. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Emily has had the wonderful opportunity to work with children of all ages (2+) in a variety of settings including elementary schools, clinics, reading camps, and private practices. She has extensive experience providing speech-language evaluations and direct therapy services related to expressive/receptive language skills, articulation, AAC, social skills, fluency (stuttering), and more. Emily recently moved from Boston, MA to Colorado Springs, CO with her husband. She enjoys spending time reading books, hiking, walking her English bulldog, and visiting new ski towns around Colorado!

“My son had been in speech therapy since he was 1 1/2 years old, but until transitioning to Talk and Play at 3 1/2 years old, we saw very slow progress. Shyanne focused on building a rapport with my son and made learning fun. He adores her and has grown tremendously since under her care.”

Jessica Cordova

Talk and Play Team Jessica

 Marcy Crane, COTA/L

Marcy has a passion for working with children, alongside their families to become more independent in their daily activities. She earned an associates degree from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Marcy has experience working in multiple settings including skilled nursing facilities, school-based therapy, and pediatric outpatient therapy. Prior to joining Talk and Play, Marcy worked in school-based therapy.

Marcy is from rural east-central Illinois and relocated to Colorado with her fiancé who is in the military. She enjoys spending quality time with family, being outdoors, and reading. When she has time she especially loves to travel to new places and to visit friends.

 

Jessica Mullins, Front desk

Jessica Mullins – Front Office Manager

Jessica has a passion for serving children of all backgrounds and excellent Customer Service is one of her core values. Providing a welcoming, smooth, and positive experience for the families and patients at Talk and Play Associates is her number one goal as the Front Office Manager. Jessica attended Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX before transitioning into the Social Work Field. She then worked as a Paraprofessional in Exceptional Education. After getting married, she was the Office Manager for a private Physical Therapy clinic in Texas. The combination of customer service and building relationships with patients has been the perfect employment fit for her.

Jessica is a native of Texas and moved to Colorado in early 2021 with her husband, daughter, and son. She spends her free time hiking and enjoying all her new home state has to offer.

Insurance

We currently accept the following insurance:
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Arrangements can also be made for cash payments.

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