My son received early intervention services with Mackenzie from 18-26 months, until we moved out of state. My son has suspected childhood apraxia of speech and Mackenzie was so wonderful working with him, collaborating with our entire family, introducing him to picture boards, new words and signs. Mackenzie also got us set up with an iPAD and speech generating application and guided us in using it in those early weeks before we moved. Mackenzie is knowledgeable and was so helpful with all of my son’s needs. She is kind and understanding and a wonderful therapist and advocate for our kids. I always felt comfortable asking her for help, advice, or to do something extra for my son, like making him another picture board for a new puzzle we got. Mackenzie always went above and beyond for us. Although my son still has a long way to go due to the nature of his speech disorder, I am forever thankful that early intervention services lead us to Mackenzie, and she is a part of my son’s journey. She truly cares about her clients and their families and is an amazing person and therapist.
Our family worked with Mackenzie when we were partnered together through Early Intervention Services. Mackenzie was so wonderful to work with. She’s extremely knowledgeable, caring and thorough in her approach as she works with children and their family members. A few highlights to share about Mackenzie that I truly valued:
She took the time to get to know our son by asking great questions. What are his likes? Where are his struggles? What concerns did our family have regarding his speech development? What methods have we tried in the past to encourage speech? This helped us structure and have impactful sessions where my son was highly engaged, having fun and getting the language reinforcement that he needed.
She also used our session time together to educate me as a parent. I learned an incredible amount from Mackenzie about speech development. Building this knowledge and awareness helped me to better support my son outside of our weekly scheduled appointments and reinforce positive speech behaviors and progress. She emailed many resources and documents, some of which I’ve utilized several times.
Sometimes, it’s easy for my son to lose focus or get distracted, but this didn’t worry Mackenzie and she adapted quickly. She was able to go with the flow and make any activity that my son wanted to do a moment to reinforce speech in a fun way.
When my son did start to show some problem behavior, Mackenzie helped us by thinking of speech activities to help change or prevent the behavior. She tailored our lessons in a way that what we were teaching my son could help him in other areas of his social and emotional development.
We feel so lucky to have worked with Mackenzie and miss her dearly! I would recommend her to any parent looking for more support for their toddler or child.
Mackenzie is an excellent SLP! Mackenzie has a wealth of knowledge, and an ability to communicate with children on their level. She is well-versed in the tools and methods to help children overcome their barriers and excel at language. Since starting speech therapy with Mackenzie, our daughter went from saying approximately 5-10 words, to now saying over 50+ words, and being able to express herself in a more productive way.
Mackenzie was excellent at involving us as parents, we helped create our daughter’s learning plan, and developed her weekly goals. Mackenzie always worked to center therapy around our family’s needs and routines. She scheduled our sessions at times convenient for us, and centered goals for our daughter around our most common activities and the words we needed our daughter to use the most to be able to more effectively communicate her wants and needs.
When our daughter was one year old, we became concerned that she was not saying any words. Our pediatrician said it was too early to worry, but referred us to speech therapy. Our daughter qualified and began working with speech therapy immediately. Our daughter is now three, and says over 50 words. Her personality has emerged and she has “come out of her shell.” She is able to better communicate her needs and is now becoming more social due to her increased confidence. Mackenzie used everyday activities, games, and other tools to help develop our daughter’s language. Mackenzie taught us as parents to use certain tools and approaches to help our daughter develop her speech in between our sessions. Mackenzie was very instrumental in teaching us how to help our daughter.
We could not recommend Mackenzie enough as a speech therapist. Not only did she make our daughter comfortable in the therapy setting and encourage her development and personality, but Mackenzie came to feel like part of the family. Our daughter looked forward to her sessions, and thrived under Mackenzie’s care and instruction. Our daughter gained so many skills, and so much confidence in addition to the development in her language. We could never thank Mackenzie enough for her caring, compassionate, and skilled instruction.
As first-time parents, our little the guy is the highlight of our lives. We considered all the advantages a quad-lingual household may provide in creative thinking, multi-tasking, appreciation of other cultures and future professional opportunities. However, we never considered the speech delay it may impose on his little developing self.
We contacted the County and after a long and painful process we were assigned Miss Mackenzie Welsh as our speech therapist.
In about 6 months, our hero went from having 30 words to over 180 and a dozen of 3 word sentences. Now, he talks a storm in 3 languages. Mackenzie’s caring and playful approach topped with her genuine love of children made a significant difference in our lives; it certainly curbed our son’s frustration that was getting translated into physical tension. Her attention to detail and high degree of knowledge quickly became valuable assets in turning the little guys passion for cars into a study mechanism that kept him focused, engaged and cooperative.
Her flexibility to our demanding schedules allowed us to complete the toddler program under her expert guidance where at many occasions we had to stage Mackenzie’s departure in an effort to avoid a crying scene. Yes, the little guy wanted her to stay much longer.
We are expecting our second one in August. If we encounter any speech assistance, we sure know who to keep on speed dial. I don’t think anyone is more qualified to work with my child(ren) more than Mackenzie whose passion of her profession and kids can be spotted from miles away.