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Our mission is to provide the highest quality of speech and language services to the pediatric population of Acadiana and its surrounding areas. We provide screening, evaluation, consultation, and treatment for expressive-receptive language deficits, articulation disorders, feeding disorders, and related developmental disorders. We believe each child is unique and strive to create individualized treatment in a fun, engaging environment. Our therapists are committed to continuous learning in order to implement innovative, evidence-based techniques to help your child reach his or her maximum potential. Through collaboration with multi-disciplinary specialists, our goal is to provide treatment that will allow your child to become socially, emotionally, and developmentally more successful.

Speech and Language Team

Michelle Thomas, MS, LPC-S, CCC-SLP

Michelle Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP).  She is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where she earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.  Michelle also graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Speech Language Pathology.  She has been practicing in Lafayette for four years as a licensed counselor with a focus on children and adolescents.  Michelle approaches counseling from a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused perspective in order to help clients better understand and deal with issues that may arise from depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders and other life stressors. Previously, she worked in Shreveport as a substance abuse counselor and on a psychiatric assessment team for inpatient mental health.  As a speech pathologist, Michelle has worked with children and adolescents with language, articulation and fluency disorders.  Her primary focus is language and literacy.  Michelle is also a certified provider for Interactive Metronome and uses the tool to improve attention, working memory, processing speed, and overall executive functioning.  She also offers cognitive intervention services to improve planning, organization, studying habits, and other skills related to academic performance.  Currently, Michelle is in the process of training to become certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy to promote healthy relationships between the parent and child.  Michelle believes in the importance of intervention, support, and healthy relationships during childhood because of the impact of early development on social and emotional functioning later in life.    

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Taylor Darbonne, MCD, CCC-SLP

Taylor Darbonne is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP). She graduated from Louisiana State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016. She then pursued a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders from LSU Health and Science Center in Shreveport.  Previously, she worked as a Registered Line Technician with children on the autism spectrum. As a speech pathologist, Taylor has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with language, articulation, fluency, and feeding/swallowing disorders.  Her special interests include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language, feeding, and early intervention.  Taylor believes that every individual deserves a means of communication. She believes in the importance of intervention, parent-child interaction, and social interaction during early development. Taylor aims to create individualized, fun, and positive interventions to allow individuals to maximize their strengths.

Janee Viator, MS, CCC-SLP

Janee is a licensed speech-language pathologist and recently received her clinical competence certification. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology in 2016. She then continued her studies at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge and earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in December of 2019. As a speech-language pathologist, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with language, articulation, and feeding/swallowing disorders.  Janee believes that it is important to help individuals become effective communicators, and enjoy and participate in social interactions through the dynamic involvement of key people in the individual’s lives.

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Courtney Snyder, M.S., CCC-SLP

Courtney Snyder is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She attended Louisiana State University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2017. Pursuing her interest in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, she attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. She has clinical experience in various settings and with diverse age populations, ranging from children in head starts and schools to adults in a nursing home. She has evaluated and treated children with language, articulation, speech fluency, developmental delays as well as hearing impairments. Courtney uses a client-centered approach that focuses on client interests and communicative strengths to transform weaknesses. She believes every individual is unique and deserves to utilize their preferred mode of communication to be an effective participant within social environments.

Blair Boudreaux, M.S., PL CCC-SLP

Blair Boudreaux is a provisionally licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology in 2020. She continued her education at UL, receiving her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. During her studies, she has worked with clients of diverse ages and cultures with various communicative difficulties related to expressive/receptive language, speech sound, neurogenic communication, and motor speech disorders. Blair likes to highlight the client's strengths and areas needing improvement to create an appropriate treatment plan centered on the client's personal goals. 

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