Speech language pathologist joins Adventist Health, Physical Therapy

Tricia Stone
Tricia Stone

The only speech language pathologist in Kings County has joined Adventist Health / Physical Therapy in Hanford, and will care for children and adults with a variety of speech disorders. For 10 years, Tricia Stone spent hours taking her two sons to speech therapy. One day, she decided she would become a speech therapist, herself.

“It’s important for parents to really get involved in their child’s therapy,” she says. “When you combine one-on-one therapy, with follow-up care at home, you’ll see even greater improvement.”

Stone took her involvement one step further and went back to school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in communicative disorders and deaf studies, and a Master’s in speech language pathology from California State University, Fresno. She completed an internship at Adventist Health / Physical Therapy; working closely with outpatient and inpatient therapists. Recently, Stone was a speech therapist at United Cerebral Palsy of Central California, where she assessed children ages 0-5.

She is an advocate of early intervention among children, and helping rehabilitate stroke and Parkinson’s patients.

“My goal is to create the first aphasia group in Kings County,” she says. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate. Stone was involved in the only aphasia group at California State University, Fresno, and is looking forward to offering the service to Kings County residents.

Another disorder she received certification for is apraxia, which is what her eldest son received therapy for and overcame. He graduated from Lemoore High School, as an ASB president and is currently attending military academy at West Point in New York. Her youngest son is a junior at Lemoore High School. Stone is a proud graduate of Hanford High School. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, watching movies and spending time with her miniature Australian Shepherd, Charlie.

She may be reached at Physical Therapy in Hanford, 210 W. Lacey Blvd., with a phone number of 559-537-2240. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1N39lRg

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