Melanie Bassett, M.ED., CCC-SLP
In 2011, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. For graduate school, I attended the University of Virginia and earned my Master of Education in Speech Communication Disorders in 2013. Before joining KidSpeak, LLC in the spring of 2017, I worked in a variety of settings, which included private practice, public, private, and charter schools, an early intervention speech and language preschool, and a skilled nursing facility. In those various settings, I have worked with children with articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language delays, pragmatic language delays, fluency disorders, and auditory processing disorders. I have a passion for working with children and families to increase their overall communication and social development skills! Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our golden doodle Annie, working out & running, and baking!
(Melanie joined the KidSpeak, LLC Team in the Spring of 2017.)
Megan "Liz" Balettie, M.S., CCC-SLP
I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. I have experience treating patients from infancy through childhood with a variety of diagnoses and developmental delays: receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, apraxia, autism spectrum disorders, feeding difficulties, pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, ADHD, and more. Further experience includes working on a NICU Follow-up Clinic as part of a multi-disciplinary team to monitor early growth and development of babies (i.e.: language and feeding development). I am passionate about early childhood language development -- I love helping children communicate and understand the world around them. I joined the KidSpeak team in 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with so many wonderful children, families, and therapists!
I have been married to my husband, Andrew, since 2013, and together we have a toddler son, Cole. I love doing yoga and spending time with my family.
(Liz joined the KidSpeak, LLC team the Summer of 2014.)
Diana Kelly, M.S., CCC-SLP
I am a 2011 graduate of the University of Kansas, where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences. In 2013, I graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I moved to Texas and have been working as an SLP with elementary aged children in McKinney ISD ever since. I work with children with autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances, hearing impairments, expressive/receptive language impairments, augmentative communication, articulation, phonology, apraxia and fluency disorders as well as, pragmatic language disorders. I work with children in self-contained classrooms with multiple disabilities, as well as mainstream and bilingual children. I have always had a passion for children and their communication needs, so I am thrilled to be a part of the KidSpeak team!
(Diana joined the KidSpeak, LLC team the Summer of 2017)
Kristen Jones, M.S., CCC-SLP
In 2010, I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with my bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In 2011, I graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with my Masters in Communication Disorders. Since graduation, I have had experience in different settings including private clinics and public schools. In these settings, I participated in collaborating with teachers, parents and specialists to best help my students and have taken that experience forward to KidSpeak. I use open lines of communication to learn about my clients, their families and their lives outside of our clinic and help them to work through any difficulties they may be having.
I enjoy working with children of all ages and tapping into their interests. From discussing Harry Potter to My Little Ponies, I work to engage children in therapy. I have experience working with a variety of disorders including language, Autism, articulation, ADHD, fluency, pragmatics, and hearing. I am passionate about helping young people to better communicate and love working at KidSpeak with all the amazing clients and their families.
(Kristen joined the KidSpeak, LLC team in the Summer of 2013).
Michelle Joseph, M.S., CCC-SLP
I graduated from the University of Michigan with my B.S. in 2011 and from Northwestern University with my M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. After graduating from Northwestern, I lived and worked in Chicago until the summer of 2017. In Chicago I worked in a variety of settings, including schools, home health, hospital, and private practice. I gained experience working with a wide variety of age groups and addressed many different areas of need including: cognitive delay/disorder, literacy, language, AAC, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since relocating to Dallas, I have been working full-time in a small school district in south Dallas. Within the school setting, I work primarily with elementary school students within "self-contained" classrooms. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my students, learning their unique abilities and strengths, and finding ways to increase their social communication skills. I'm so happy to be a part of the KidSpeak team! It has given me the opportunity to continue to expand and share my love of language with more children.
(Michelle joined the KidSpeak, LLC team the Summer of 2018.)