Jackie DeWaal, M.A., CCC-SLP

Jackie DeWaal

My name is Jackie DeWaal, and I’m a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who has been practicing for three years. I studied Speech Pathology & Audiology at Western Michigan University where I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I have experience with a variety of communication disorders for both children and adults, including receptive and expressive language impairments, phonological impairments, apraxia, social/pragmatic disorders, AAC, cognitive disorders, aphasia, and dysphagia. I have worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities with the geriatric population, inpatient rehabilitation and acute care services at the local hospital for ages 18+, outpatient services for children and adults 2+, and both face-to-face and virtual services for students K-12.

More about Jackie:

My husband and I live on a 22.5-acre ranch where we raise farm animals and have two dogs. I love being outside, going for walks, camping, or kayaking.

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Specialties

Social Skills

Play Therapy

Receptive Language Disorder

Expressive Language Disorders

Voice / Resonance Disorders

Motor Speech Disorders

Group Instruction

Swallowing disorders

Executive Functioning

Differential Diagnosis

Ages

Pre-School

Middle School

Elementary School

High School

College

Adult

Languages

English

About

Jackie

What was your path to becoming a provider?

I knew I wanted to become an SLP ever since high school and I was very determined and motivated all throughout college and graduate school to continue my path and earn my degree. I have since loved my career and the joys and challenges it brings.

What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

Everyone has something about themselves they don’t like, or wish they could change or alter, and it’s our job to help provide them with the skills and confidence to overcome challenges to be the best version of themselves they can be.

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I am passionate about helping students learn skills and develop techniques/strategies to excel academically, and build confidence that can follow them throughout the remainder of their academic careers.

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