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Community Starts Here

Creating Space for Communication, Healing & Growth

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Meet Jessica Brym SLP - CCC

Speech-Language Pathologist 

Hello! My name is Jessica and I am a California state and ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist residing in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I graduated from San Jose State University in 2020 with a Master's degree in speech-language pathology. I primarily treat older adults with disorders of communication, cognition, and swallowing with a special focus in treating persons with Aphasia. I also treat adolescents and young adults with communication, language, and social pragmatic disabilities with a special focus in providing realistic and accessible relationship skills for communicating with family, friends, and romantic partners. 

My approach to therapy is to help transfer skills learned in safe spaces into access to preferred activities and the wider community. I am passionate about providing services that decrease rates of depression and social isolation and increase quality of life and participation. Therapy does not have to be scary, boring, or impersonal. I believe the most effective treatments mirror the life we wish to live. For me, that is a life filled with music, art, comedy, community, and movement.

I utilize an evidence-based approach to treatment which includes integrated discourse treatment for persons with aphasia and conversational coaching for family members and caregivers. I utilize semantic feature analysis to expand vocabulary and increase turn taking with adolescents and young adults with communication and language-based challenges. For older adults with swallowing disorders, I utilize a combination of approaches based on the individual needs of the patient. These may include some or all of the following: swallowing exercises, sensory based treatments, environmental modifications, postural adjustments, caregiver training for pacing and feeding. 

In my free time, I love to learn about soil health and restorative agriculture by helping to grow olives in my family's orchard in the Sierra foothills. I also enjoy playing music, singing songs, making art, and adventuring outdoors whenever possible. I am excited to share my passion for therapy and connection with you and your family! 

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Self-awareness

Experiencing a life event which has created new challenges in speech, communication, swallowing, or cognition? Join me for evaluation of strengths and areas of growth to build self-awareness and guide treatment. 

Communication

Whether you are interested in learning to express yourself more clearly, understand others more effectively, or increase your understanding of social interactions, there is an opportunity for that. Grow your confidence through 1:1 skill building sessions via tele-therapy or in-home visits. Practice in real time by participating in community outings or group experiences.

Swallowing

Notice your loved one with dementia experiencing increased instances of coughing, choking, or throat clearing during meals? Concerned about newly acquired challenges in swallow function following a stroke? Feeling stuck on how to encourage intake of food during meals or how to feed your loved one safely and effectively? Collaborate with me on creating an environment that is condusive to ease of eating, implementing exercise programs for improving swallow function, and learning how to be a confident caregiver to provide safe and enjoyable meals for your loved one. 

Building Community 

Communication happens best in the context of community. Join me for outings with like-minded folks interested in growing their skills through conversation in real world settings. 

Art & Music 

Express yourself through more than language. Join me for therapy with a focus on utilizing creative modalities such as art, music, and movement. 

Mental Health & Wellness

From disorders of speech to deficits in swallowing, mental health can be impacted. Feelings of isolation and depression are common but do not have to go untreated or unnoticed. Join me for counseling as it relates to your specific disorder to gain skills for coping and insight into common feelings and experiences of others with similar challenges. 

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Services

  • Full assessment of personal strengths & areas of growth


    1 hr 30 min

    Sliding scale
  • i.e. speech, voice, communication, cognition, swallow, writing/reading


    30 min

    45 US dollars
  • i.e. speech, voice, communication, cognition, swallow, writing/reading


    45 min

    55 US dollars

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Calaveras County

CA Bay Area

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