Kim Santaite is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience working with children of all ages and their families in the home and in a multidisciplinary clinic. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a speech-language pathology state license in California and New Jersey. Kim received her B.S. in communicative disorders and her M.S. in speech-language pathology as part of the University of Rhode Island’s accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program.
Kim has served children from infancy through early adolescence including those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, ADHD and global developmental delays. Her scope of practice includes assessing and treating children with delays/disorders in the areas of receptive and expressive language, speech sound production (articulation, phonology, dysarthria, apraxia), social communication/pragmatics, voice, and fluency.
She has provided individual and group therapy with infants, toddlers and their families in a center-based Early Intervention (EI) program as well as in home and daycare centers through the NJ EI System. Kim believes family involvement is crucial to the success of a child’s speech and language development. Kim has coordinated and lead It Takes Two to Talk®, a world-renowned parent training early language intervention program developed by the Hanen Centre. She is especially passionate about empowering families by giving them the skills and confidence to facilitate their child’s language development during everyday interactions.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of her clients’ needs, Kim has received advanced training in Sensory Integration through the University of Southern California (USC). She believes in the importance of taking the ‘whole child’ into account by addressing their individual sensory needs in order to communicate to the best of their ability.
Kim is trained and specializes in the following:
Kim is so grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child’s life every day! In her spare time, she enjoys hot yoga and relaxing on the beach.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders