Owners and Directors:
Co-Founder, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Alyssa, a co-founder of Cobblestone Therapy Group, treats both children and adults with speech and/or language disorders. Alyssa is a passionate and dedicated speech language pathologist who impacts the lives of children she serves each day by providing efficient research-based treatment combined with patience and love. Alyssa implements intervention techniques and practices that support the goal of achieving observable and measurable results. Alyssa specializes in several areas including:
Autism (mild to severe)
Childhood apraxia of speech
Early intervention (specializes in the birth-3 population)
File review and consultation for IEP meetings
Receptive/expressive language disorders
Preliterary skills/phonemic awareness
Pragmatic/communication language disorders
Alyssa completed her Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech Language Pathology from the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida State University. Prior to co-founding Cobblestone Therapy Group, Alyssa worked privately in natural and school-based settings and in the Gwinnett County Public School System. She continues to enjoy providing speech language intervention not only within our clinic, but also within various private schools and daycare settings. She is a member of ASHA and GSHA.
*** Alyssa has completed three of PROMPT’s four different stages of training. .PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding. A therapist that has completed the Introduction to PROMPT Technique Workshop has learned the basics of the PROMPT technique. These clinicians have been trained how to make the “touch cues” to the articulators to help patient’s produce a phoneme. They can also properly evaluate a patient (from a motor perspective) to identify if PROMPT therapy will be beneficial. Some clinicians at this stage are quite good at the technique and all will improve with practice. The training is very intense and requires a series of workshops, plus a lengthy certification process for a therapist to be a Certified PROMPT therapist.
Alyssa was blessed to have the amazing opportunity to travel to Swaziland, Africa last year to evaluate and work with children there. She continues to serve and connect with the children and caregivers through Heart for Africa via video and email communications. Additionally, Alyssa enjoys working with children of all ages both professionally and in various volunteer organizations.
Alyssa and her husband, Chandler, have three precious sons; Colby, Camden, and Cooper.
When not working one-on-one with her clients, Alyssa enjoys running, designing, sharing time with her family, and participating in community events.
Co-Founder, M.A. CCC-SLP
Heather Jones, a co-founder of Cobblestone Therapy Group, treats children with speech, language, and feeding disorders. A passionate and dedicated speech/language pathologist, Heather’s intervention techniques reflect her unwavering desire to achieve observable and measurable results. Heather's specialties include the following:
delayed verbal speech
childhood apraxia of speech
cleft palate and other resonance disorders
receptive/expressive language disorders
sensory based feeding disorders
PROMPT LEVEL 3: BRIDGING***
The majority of her 17-year professional career has been dedicated to assisting children with apraxia of speech and cleft palate learn to speak by utilizing data driven motor speech planning treatment techniques and programs including the Kaufman approach, PROMPT, and the uniquely technical skills required to train velopharyngeal function prior to and following cleft palate surgeries. Heather has been included in the CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) directory following an intense screening in a multi-step process to demonstrate that she has the skills, training, and experiences to be successful with children with apraxia.
Heather has varying levels of proficiencies in the following languages: Spanish and American Sign Language. In 2009, Heather spent 7 weeks in a Chinese orphanage, training nannies, and helping babies and young children with speech and feeding skills. In 2012, Heather traveled to China to serve in a delegation of professionals specializing in speech-language pathology and audiology to participate in bilateral exchanges with their professional counterparts in Beijing and Nanning, China. In 2018, Heather traveled with the Smiles International Foundation Team to provide speech therapy to children with cleft palate in Mexico along with providing education to speech therapists and parents on how to provide quality speech therapy in their region of Mexico.
Heather and her loving husband, Stephen, have three adorable children: Harrison, Wallace, and baby Penelope (Penny for short!). She is a double graduate of the University of Georgia, with a B.S.Ed. and M.A., Communication Sciences and Disorders, Speech and Language Pathology. She completed her Masters thesis on “The Effects of Visual Choral Speech on Adults Who Stutter” and presents helpful information to professionals and parents in both local and national conferences and support groups. Prior to Cobblestone Therapy Group, Heather worked privately in natural and school-based settings and in the Gwinnett County Public School System.
When not working one-on-one with her clients, Heather enjoys mentoring future clinicians, training parents, running, painting, playing with her children, and spending time outdoors.
***Heather has completed three of PROMPT’s four different stages of training. PROMPT is an acronym for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence. The technique develops motor control and the development of proper oral muscular movements, while eliminating unnecessary muscle movements, such as jaw sliding and inadequate lip rounding. PROMPT therapy is appropriate for a wide range of patients with communication disorders. The most common patients have motor speech disorders, articulation problems or are non-verbal children. Many patients with aphasia, apraxia/dyspraxia, dysarthria, pervasive development disorders, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries and autism spectrum disorders have benefitted from PROMPT therapy. An evaluation by a PROMPT-trained speech therapist is the only way to find out if a patient is appropriate for the therapy.