Our Staff

Paula Beckett Herrington

Paula founded CLASS, Inc. in 1998 in order to provide functional, meaningful and life enhancing speech therapy services to child and adults. Her passion for children is supported by an extensive background and experience in child development and speech-language-communication disorders, with in-depth training in apraxia of speech and autism spectrum disorders. Her passion for working with adults is demonstrated in her dedication to provide age appropriate and meaningful activities that teach functional communication goals that increase independence and home, workplace and community.

Paula is an experienced PROMPT level II therapist. Additionally, she is trained in the following methods of treating apraxia, articulation disorders and oral motor challenges: Beckman, Kaufman, and Rosenfeld-Johnson. Working with many children who are non-verbal or minimally verbal spurred Paula to develop expertise in Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She is a founding member and past president of the Northwest Augmentative Communication Society and a current member of ASHA's special interest division on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. At CLASS, Inc., Paula provides both diagnostic assessments and therapy for children who benefit from picture boards, PECS, and computerized speech generating devices.

Paula has extensive training and experience in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders including: ABA, SCERTS, RDI, sensory integration and advanced FloorTime Training at the International Council for Learning Disabilities with Stanley Greenspan in Virginia.

Over the last 30 years as a speech-language pathologist, Paula has also enjoyed success with feeding therapy, that CLASS, Inc. offers to children both individually and in small groups. She has developed ways to make feeding therapy fun and successful for even the most sensory sensitive children.

Paula has worked as a special education preschool teacher, school-based speech language pathologist, and international consultant to families of children with autism spectrum disorders. She has served as the speech-language pathologist for the ASTAR Center, under the medical direction of neurologist Gary Stobbe, where she provided diagnostics, individualized therapy and social skills development groups for autistic children. She has served on numerous professionally related boards, including the ASTAR scientific advisory board, and was a founding member and past president of the Pacific Northwest Augmentative Communication Society.

Paula received the 2003 FEAT, Washington's "Reach for the Stars Educator of the Year" award. She has contracted with school districts locally and nationally to provide in-service training and expert support for staff working with children on the autism spectrum as well as direct services to children for whom successful therapy is especially challenging within the school district setting.

Paula has been nominated for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association's 2010 Speech-Language Professional of the Year. View nomination

Paula was a 2013 Women's Business Owner of the year finalist.

More recently, Paula has been enjoying presenting at prestigious national conferences including: the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) annual convention, the Assistive Technology Industry Association annual conference and Closing The Gap yearly conference. In addition, Paula instructs graduate students from colleges and universities across the country during their clinical fieldwork internships and mentors speech therapists during their clinical fellowship year.

Malloree Benade

Malloree earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University and Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston. Throughout graduate school, Malloree worked with mono-and bilingual children and adults in various settings, including university and community clinics, charter schools, and a rehabilitation hospital. She provided evaluation and treatment services in the areas of articulation, language, cognition, fluency, swallowing, and voice.

Malloree enjoys working with people of all ages and is particularly interested in augmentative and alternative communication. She values using a collaborative approach and evidence-based methods to work toward functional goals with children and their families.

In her free time, Malloree enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, and relaxing with her cat. She looks forward to exploring the PNW.

 

Megan Brandkamp

Megan began her studies in Speech Language Pathology in the open farmlands at Eastern Washington University but was drawn to the beautiful Washington west coast after graduating with her MS in Communication Disorders. Throughout her educational and professional experience, she has had the opportunity to work in school, rehabilitation, and now private therapy settings as well as a work-abroad trip to Guatemala where she learned to use limited tools in a creative way to assess and treat patients.

Megan was originally drawn to the field of Speech Language Pathology by her love of different languages, educating others, and interacting with people of all ages. As she discovered more about the broad field of speech therapy, she developed a passion for working with patients who are challenged by stuttering, childhood apraxia of speech, and severe articulation and phonological disorders. Megan strongly believes that working on functional goals, family and caregiver involvement, team collaboration, and using motivating activities will foster the most amount of growth in each client.

Megan is a perpetual student and loves expanding and deepening her knowledge of this fascinating field. She spends her free time rowing, hiking and biking in the great outdoors and dreams of owning a dog to share in her adventures. If she's not enjoying fresh air, she's often cooking up a storm in the kitchen and loves inviting friends and family to enjoy her culinary adventures.

 

Dianna Finlay

Dianna earned both her BS and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Molloy College in NY. Dianna's professional experiences include pediatric speech, language and feeding therapy in a variety of settings as well speech and language rehabilitation for adults who had sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Dianna left the public school setting to join CLASS, Inc. in order to expand on her professional skills working with children, teens and adults with complex communication challenges. Her post graduate training includes PROMPT and AAC (augmentative communication) implementation. At CLASS, Inc., she has expanded her expertise in AAC to include evaluation, treatment and training. Dianna particularly enjoys the collaborative team atmosphere at CLASS, Inc. as well as the ability to continue to learn and expand upon her treatment skills. She is passionate about working with children and their families to achieve functional communication goals.

Tehreem Khokhar

Tehreem is completing her final year of undergraduate studies in Speech And Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington and will be attending graduate school next year to obtain her MS in Speech-Language Pathology. She joins our team as a talented and upbeat intern who can frequently be seen assisting CLASS Inc. therapists with clients and group therapy sessions as well as assisting our administrative team.

Tehreem enjoys working with all kids; from the toddlers to the school-age children, and right through the teenagers! He favorite aspect of the SLP profession is that each client and family brings his or her unique set of personal goals to the therapy session. There is nothing more refreshing than being able to meet each individual's unique set of needs!

In her free time, Tehreem enjoys volunteering in the Husky MOSSAIC mentorship program for beginning college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. One of Tehreem's favorite quotes is, "The most important aspect of communication is to hear what isn't being said…."

Anna Politi

Anna graduated from Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Science (Germany) with a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Language Pathology in 2013. While still in Germany she obtained her SLP certification and license thru the dbl (Deutscher Bund der Logopaeden equal to ASHA). Now in Washington State she has received her Speech and Language Pathology Assistance license in 2015 with the Department of Health. Her professional experiences include pediatric speech and language, AAC, swallowing disorders, stuttering, adult rehabilitation and hearing treatments after cochlear implant operation.

In order to make therapy exciting Anna loves to create new games or modify old favorites to suit her client's needs. She is passionate about working with children and their families and to help them achieve new communication skills.

Kacie Seims

Kacie is a native to the Puget Sound area and attended speech therapy for herself during middle school. The positive impact of her speech therapy forever changed her life. In Kacie's words, "From that point on, I devoted my studies and education to the career path of speech, language, and communication disorders." She graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University where she majored in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Kacie says that she was blessed to earn a position as a speech and language pathologist's assistant at CLASS, Inc., but the rest of us at CLASS, Inc. say that we are blessed to have Kacie's upbeat personality and dedication to the field as part of the CLASS, Inc. team!

A favorite quote of Kacie's is: "To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."

 

 

Jaylynn Bondy

As the Clinic Operations Administrator, Jaylynn is responsible for all of the logistics of running our busy speech therapy clinic. She holds an Associates Degree in Business with a certificate of Business Management and Supervision from Pierce College in Puyallup, WA and has a special interest in both children and speech therapy.

Jaylynn grew up in a large family of 7 children in a tiny town at the base of Mt. Rainer. She loves being part of a large family, and attributes her enjoyment of children in part to that experience. As a young child, she didn't talk until she was four, and then later had speech therapy to correct her "R"s. She remembers thinking that it was awesome that she got to leave class to have fun playing games with her speech teacher!

Jaylynn enjoys cooking, baking and any form of art, especially glass fusing. The most obvious display of her creative talents can be seen in the fantastic CLASS Acts posters on our clinic walls.

She is thrilled be a part of the CLASS,, Inc team and says, "It's such a friendly, positive atmosphere. I love helping with creating positive differences in the children's lives!"

 

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Bijou

In just one short year, Bijou has become one of the most valuable therapists at CLASS, Inc.! Bijou's quiet calm and ever-loving nature makes her a natural as a therapy dog for children who have challenges regulating their sensory systems. Bijou never barks and loves to have her tummy rubbed! Bijou is one of the first therapists to step in to calm angry or aggressive outbursts, provide deep pressure on a lap or back that helps organize and allow a child to improve his/her focus, be a patient play partner during back-and forth ball throwing, a cuddly source of security by sitting on a swing with a child, or a trusting companion who teaches leadership by being led on walks along our private waterfront park.

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