Shyanne Heise, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech therapist in Colorado Springs

Hi! I'm Shyanne Heise, MA, CCC-SLP

I am a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in Colorado Springs. I love what I do and the community I serve.

I graduated with my master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019. Since then, I have been working in private practice, instructing a senior-level course on organic and neurogenic communication disorders, and taking professional development courses to enrich my clinical practice.     

Here are some things you should know about me:

  • I view therapy as a highly collaborative process. I know a lot about communication and executive functioning, but YOU know a lot about your child. That being said, I will rely on your input throughout the course of therapy. Kids grow so quickly when caregivers and therapists work together!

  • I only work on functional skills. I am resolute about working on skills that improve your child’s quality of life. My therapy goals will never prioritize higher standardized scores, and I don’t spend time teaching to the test. Kids are so much more complex than a test score can show

  • I make learning fun! Kids learn best when they are fully engaged. I love making my clients laugh and feel safe to try new, hard things. 

  • My therapy style is holistic. Treating the “whole child” (and really, the whole family) is important to me. I like to build on strengths, praise successes, and promote psychosocial well-being while building communication skills. I often integrate sensory and motor activities into sessions because I believe in fostering childhood development as a whole.

  • I get to the root of the problem. Kids can spend way too many years in therapy when we don't get to the root of the issue. I work to discover why a child finds something challenging or demonstrates a certain behavior, by considering principles of neuroscienceFor example, when a school-age child presents with a language disorder, I always ask, "Why are they struggling with language?" Often, these kids have underlying challenges with executive functions. These are learning skills, such as: attention, self-monitoring, planning, inhibiting, reflecting, and modifying actions, to name only a few. By addressing the root cause and explicitly teaching kids how to learn, I often see the surface-level difficulties resolve. 

  • I always presume competence. Children with communication disorders are competent individuals; they just have some level of difficulty demonstrating their competency. I aim to give my clients a way to express themselves, even if it’s not through oral speech. 

  • I am a neurodiversity affirming therapist. Autism and ADHD are neurotypes--not diseases that should be 'cured.' I listen to neurodivergent voices and I know that my role is to educate, encourage, and empower my clients to develop communication skills, form authentic relationships, and advocate for themselves.

  • I am a life-long learner. The field of speech-language pathology is ever-changing. In order to stay up-to-date, I take continuing education courses, participate in professional learning communities, and subscribe to a monthly digest that allows me to review all new, clinically relevant research articles. I love translating research into practice, and I learn something new from each family that I work with.  

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