Our son was 3 years old when Heidii came into our lives. He did not speak at all. In addition to speech expression, he also had an oral sensory aversion along with other sensory issues. This was incredibly frustrating for him and for us because we really wanted to communicate and connect with him. Sean took to Heidii easily and willingly and we began to see improvements very fast!
We love Heidii because she explains to the parents what she is doing, the progress she is making, and the homework that we have to do at home to make the program fully cohesive.
What I love about Heidii is that she really cares about her clients and their best learning styles. Speech therapy can be really boring at times but she is animated and funny with our son—whatever it takes for him to learn and be excited for the next session.
Heidii has a love of her profession. My son always looks forward to seeing Heidii. She is a part of our family now and I don’t just consider her my kids’ speech therapist, I also consider her a friend.
Kids gain confidence when they work with Heidii. I would recommend Heidii to anyone who has a child struggling with any type of speech disorder.
Our 4 year old daughter has a genetic condition which causes developmental delays and she’s also been diagnosed with autism. She is not speaking yet, and so the speech therapy and hippotherapy treatments we’ve arranged are focused on providing our daughter new ways to communicate and to let us know what she needs.
I especially like the way Heidii works one-on-one with my daughter. Heidii is flexible in the treatment modalities she uses—shifting easily to match the response of our daughter to make the most of each speech and communication session.
Whether our 4-year old daughter is receiving speech therapy in Heidii’s fun and very comfortable office, or sitting on a horse for her hippotherapy sessions, Heidii totally devotes her skills to the progress of our child.
Heidii is that rare medical specialist who has built up around her a trusted, exceptional and highly skilled community of specialists. She has one mission: maximum therapy progress for the kids she sees. It appears from our experience that these other professionals really respect Heidii and love coordinating care with her.
Heidii is very warm, very funny and we always have a good laugh when we work with her. And yet, she’s super professional and always keeps the therapy sessions moving and on task.
Our daughter has seen Heidii for speech therapy and hippotherapy for the past 7 months. Our daughter is now able to verbalize things that we have not heard before, like consonant sounds. She is also stabilizing her signing and Heidii has taught her how to sign the word ‘please’ – which she now uses liberally and gets VERY positive response!
My son Charlie was diagnosed with Autism 4 years ago. The first 2.5 years he spent in ESD, but as he got older more things such as his speech became very difficult to figure out. He was 4 years old when we met Heidii and his speech was comparable to a 2 year old. He couldn’t form his own sentences and most of his speech was babbling or repeated phrases from his favorite movie. I remember consulting with Heidii over the phone, telling her all of my worries and major concerns about Charlie and by the time I hung up with her I felt a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Not only did she take the time to talk with me, but the majority of that time she listened to me and let me explain the way my son was. I felt like it was the first time someone really listened to me and cared. I could tell this was more than just a job for her even then. It’s been almost 2 years since my son started getting therapy with Heidii and he has made improvements beyond my wildest dreams.
What I love about Heidii is the connection she makes with my son. Unlike most of the therapies we’ve been to, Heidii gets to his level and doesn’t force him to work if he doesn’t want to. Heidii understands that my son has good days and bad days and adjusts the lesson to however he is feeling, which takes a lot of pressure off of him and he’s able to learn even on the bad days. If he wants to play, then they will play, but Heidii has made it so that even in their play they are working. As time went on she started building more work into their play and allows him to take breaks when needed, something I hadn’t seen before. In doing so she has taught my son how to work and take breaks when he needs it. This has helped immensely at school! She has also helped with his delay which was causing his speech to be so limited. After being with Heidii just shy of 2 years my son’s speech has skyrocketed. He can speak on his own now without prompting and his cognitive understanding has improved closer to his age level. Heidii sets strategic goals for my son and involves me in the process and together we help him achieve them.
Another reason why we love Heidii is her communication with us about what she is doing. I always know what she is working on with my son. Any questions I have she answers thoroughly and welcoming. With her you can never ask too many questions. She also keeps me up to date with where my son is and what they are working on and not only that, but she gives me tools I need to continue the work at home. Overall, out entire time with Heidii has been nothing but positive. I have never seen my son work so well and improve so much with anyone before Heidii. She really knows what she is doing and she does it very well.
Our child came to Heidii with extreme aversion to people near her mouth and with little intelligible sounds. Heidii used creative approaches to engage our daughter in speech therapy using play techniques and technology to encourage her attention and interest. Heidii also collaborated with professionals in the community and communicated well with our daughter’s school and hospital team to help maintain a whole child approach. Our daughter has more intelligible speech, better attention, and will allow people to touch and be around her mouth! She loves and looks forward to her time with Heidii.
Heidii Roberts has been working with our son since he was 3 years old, she is really great at interacting with him. As far as he knows, he is just playing, while she is using multiple techniques and tricks to help treat his speech delay. He absolutely loves coming to see Heidii every week, and the progress he is making is very apparent in his every day speech and interaction with other people. We also appreciate Heidii taking the time to include us in the process, giving us tools to use at home to reinforce the things we are working on at each visit. We are so glad that our doctor referred our son to Clackamas Speech.
Heidii Roberts is great at what she does. My son loves going to see her every week! You never feel like just another client being shuffled in and out the door, she truly cares! One of my favorite things is that she does what works for each kid, instead of using the same cookie cutter approach to all. My son has a hard time staying still so she works with that and they work on speech while being active. She really gets it.