About Us

The Speech Network provides speech, language, feeding, and orofacial myofunctional services to early intervention and school aged children at our clinic in Lexington KY.  We also provide in-home services as part of the state funded 0-3 yr program or Commonwealth Home Health program.

We have specialized Orofacial Myofunctional programs, which include highly structured treatment plans provided by specially trained and certified Orofacial Myologists for children with abnormal lip, tongue, and jaw resting positions, improper swallow patterns, or sucking habits that impact their orofacial development, breathing patterns, speech or swallowing.

Our services are individualized for each child depending on areas of need including:

  • Tongue/Lip Tie Feeding Difficulties
  • Motor/Sensory/Behavioral Feeding Disorders
  • Oral Phase Dysphagia
  • Supplemental Tube Feed Transitions to Oral Feeding
  • Cranial Nerve Dysfunction
  • Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pragmatic Language Disorders
  • Social Communication Deficits
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Articulation/Phonological Disorders
  • Expressive Language Disorders
  • Receptive Language Disorders
  • Late Talking Toddlers

Who are our therapists?

Our speech-language pathologists have also had specialized training in the areas of pediatric feeding disorders and orofacial myofunctional disorders. With this additional area of specialty, our therapists are prepared to address orofacial difficulties that impact feeding, swallowing, and speech sound production from breast and bottle feeding, transitions to solids, tube to oral feed transitions, to selective/restricted diet and weight gain concerns.

Amanda Moore Chastain, MA, CCC-SLP, COM

Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist/ Certified Orofacial Myologist

 

Amanda is a Kentucky licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is also a Certified Orofacial Myologist, providing very specialized services for infant and toddler feeding, digit sucking elimination, tongue resting posture therapy, and oral phase swallow remediation. She specializes in the treatment of pediatric communication and feeding disorders for children from birth through 5 years of age with developmental delays or disorders. Amanda is the founder and director of The Speech Network, Inc., which started as a California certified non-public agency collaborating with local school districts and regional centers to provide speech and language services for educational and early intervention teams that assess, diagnose, and treat children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Developmental Delays, and general Articulation or Communication Disorders. Because Amanda believes in being an active learner, the vision and goals of The Speech Network are always expanding and being refined to meet the ever-changing needs of the pediatric population.

Amanda’s professional education and development was specifically targeted toward the pediatric population from the time she entered the Communication Disorders Program at the University of Kentucky. She received a minor in Family Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky in 2002. Continued focus on childhood communication disorders in her clinical experiences throughout her Master’s Program at the University of Cincinnati increased her knowledge and passion for working with children with communication difficulties, which she completed in 2004. Amanda had the unique opportunity of participating in a multidisciplinary internship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the Department of Developmental Disabilities (now the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) and has since used these skills to interact with families and professionals throughout the early intervention process to ensure that these children received optimal services by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach when appropriate.

Amanda’s intensive coursework and continuing education in the area of Orofacial Myofunctional Treatment, lead to her focused area of specialty that addresses thumb suckers, “tongue thrusters”, open mouth postures, and other orofacial difficulties in children and adults. This knowledge base also led to her continued learning in the area of oral motor theories and the treatment of feeding disorders in the pediatric population.

Jenna Johnson, MCD, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist

 

Jenna is a Kentucky licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in early intervention treatments with specific interest and experience in feeding and oral dysphagia.  Jenna has worked for more than 7 years as a feeding therapist, specializing in motor, sensory, and behaviorally based pediatric feeding disorders, including transitions from g-tubes.  Jenna is certified in the SOS approach to feeding, VitalStim therapy, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol.  Jenna also enjoys working with children with delayed phonological awareness skills and difficulty with reading.  Jenna is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading and enjoys applying the multi-sensory approach to learning letters, letter sounds and reading.

Megan Rowe, MA, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist

 

Emily Stanley, MA, CCC-SLP

Pediatric Speech and Feeding Therapist

 

Laura Bray

Occupational Therapist

 


Misty Hill

Practice Manager

 

Misty is our practice manager and completes all medical billing, intake, and assists with scheduling, communication, and timely documentation.  She has a wealth of knowledge and experience with medical billing making initial intake, insurance authorizations, and pre-certifications as easy for families as possible.  She is able to answer questions about billing, statements, and authorizations as well as help families with questions related to our areas of specialty.  She is our glue!!!