President/Speech Language Pathologist/Orofacial Myologist
Christine Livingston, a nationally certified Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) www.asha.org as well as a licensed Colorado SLP, has over 30 years of experience in the field. As an active member of the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) www.iaom.com, she is an Orofacial Myology Specialist with ongoing attendance at continuing education workshops, conferences and conventions, most notably in Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMD) and Fluency, to upgrade areas of expertise.
She received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology, with a 4.0 GPA, from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Prior to opening her private practice, Christine worked as a speech language specialist in the schools, developmental centers, hospitals, home health and nursing homes. Populations served include infants, children, adolescents and adults with various speech- oral motor- language – voice – fluency (stuttering) disorders. Since 1993, specialty areas of interest and pursuit have been Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (“tongue thrust for children and adults and detrimental digit sucking habits); Persistent Speech disorders and Fluency.
Speech disorders in the school-aged population and adults are sometimes linked to unhealthy tongue & lip resting postures as well as an immature swallow pattern. In addition, these conditions often impact dental problems. Christine offers in-services to dental and medical professionals, so she can help more individuals who present with these problems that affect dental alignment, speech production, social adjustment and self esteem.
Experience as a Fluency Specialist includes evaluation and treatment plus:
- Presented several In-services on Fluency in school and at NSA
(National Stuttering Association) conferences
- Established/led a Fluency Support Group district-wide for KG-12 students
- Co-led a Support Group of the Kansas City Chapter of the NSA for
people (15 years of age to adult)
- Organized a Fluency Resource Library for parents, teachers, SLPs and
- Served as the District’s resource and consultant for fluency issues
- Taught graduate Fluency Disorders Course as Guest Instructor, University
of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, KS