Based out of Kailua, Hawaii Thankfully Inspired, LLC, provides quality pediatric speech-language intervention (Hawaii, California, and Texas) and professional training to SLPs and educational staff nationwide.
We understand the challenges parents face today. We want to support them in their parenting journey by providing information, strategies, and resources that will make a positive impact on their homes, communities, and lives.
Our mission at Thankfully Inspired, LLC is to help children become the best communicators they can be and empower families.
We fulfill our mission by:
Providing quality speech (articulation) and language (receptive, expressive, and social communication) evaluations and intervention to children and young adults (0-18) in-office and online (telepractice).
Collaborating with parents and/or caregivers.
Facilitating parent and caregiver training/courses that promote children’s language development during everyday activities.
Offering social communication groups to help children and young adults learn to communicate, develop new friendships, acquire problem-solving skills, gain control over their emotions, and pay attention to other people's points of view.
We believe that each child is unique and has their own set of strengths. These strengths will be utilized to improve his or her weaknesses. Through online and in-home treatment options our services are convenient, collaborative, flexible, and accommodating. This enables our clients to achieve the best of their ability.
At Thankfully Inspired, LLC you can expect:
Continued Parent / Caregiver education and training.
Services provided by a therapist who participates in continuing education and professional development.
An SLP who will collaborate with all related disciplines to better support your child’s progress.
Recommendations specific to your child and refer to another provider if needed.
The goal is always progress and growth for your child. If your child needs more services then our therapist can provide more appropriate care will be recommended.
Who is the Thankful SLP?
Jamie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jamie Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP earned her bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, and a master’s from Washington State University. Jamie is currently a licensed speech-language pathologist in California and Hawaii and is the founder and CEO of Thankfully Inspired, LLC. Jamie is the Hawaii-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Educational Affairs Director and Board Member.
Over her 13+ year career, Jamie has been fortunate to work in several schools and locales across the country providing a uniquely broad perspective and approach to education and speech therapy. Jamie is certified in the Hanen Program® More Than Words and taken multiple courses in Social Thinking®. Her special interests include animal-assisted therapy (Duke is her therapy dog in training), early intervention, language and literacy development, social cognitive skills and difficulties, executive functioning, and mindfulness. Her favorite therapy tools are puppets and books.
Jamie provides professional training, speech-language evaluations, consultation, teletherapy, and support to families. Jamie believes family involvement is critical in treatment and works diligently to communicate with and involve families in therapy. In addition to being a certified speech-language pathologist, Jamie has been a classroom aide, preschool teacher, and homeschool parent.
When not working Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband and three active children, all swimmers. She enjoys family read-aloud, hiking, spending time in the water (scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing), and listening to podcasts.
Hanen More Than Words
Literacy and Language
Nonverbal Learning Disorders
Sensory Processing Integration
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Self Regulation in Children
Special Education Eligibility
We complete a thorough evaluation to diagnose, create an individualized therapy plan, and to provide tools for improving your child’s areas of need.
Please ask to speak with a therapist if you would like a free 30-minute phone consultation regarding your concerns and would like to know if an evaluation is necessary.
Pediatric speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat patients with:
Childhood apraxia of speech
Autism spectrum disorders
Expressive language difficulties (using words and sentences to express thoughts
Language comprehension difficulties (understanding concepts or following directions)
Social Communication/Pragmatic Disorders
Traumatic brain injury
Neurological disorders resulting in speech and language impairments
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my child need speech?
We receive many phone calls and messages that begin with this question. That is why we offer a free 30-minute consultation. This provides you with an opportunity to meet a licensed speech-language pathologist and have your questions answered as soon as possible.
As a caregiver or parent, if you have any concerns regarding your child's speech and language do not hesitate to contact us. The earlier the intervention the better the outcome! Each child is unique and so is their development and plan of care.
At Thankfully Inspired, LLC you will get supportive, encouraging, and specialized interventions. We are grateful to support you on this journey.
What are the ages of the clients you may serve?
Thankfully Inspired is a pediatric practice that serves children of all ages from infants and toddlers up through young adults. We also serve some adult clients with social communication disorders.
My child did not qualify for speech therapy through the school or Early Intervention. Will he be eligible for private speech therapy?
Children must meet stringent criteria to be eligible for special education services (outlined by the Department of Education) or Early Intervention (outlined by the Department of Health & Human Services). Standardized test scores must fall at least 1.5 standard deviations below the mean scores (equivalent to a “severe” deficit or impairment), and there needs to be a significant social and/or educational impact.
Scores in the area of communication are typically combined to be analyzed as one skill set that includes what the child is understanding as well as what he can express. Children who demonstrate strong comprehension skills but poor expressive language often do not qualify for services. Children who demonstrate articulation errors also may not be eligible if these errors are not considered to have a significant educational impact.
Additionally, these systems are not equipped to serve students with mild to moderate impairments who may be struggling and who demonstrate a need for skilled intervention, which is one of the reasons Thankfully Inspired was founded!
What does a session look like?
Most therapy sessions are 30 minutes. We believe that this collaboration with caregivers and education throughout the session are key ingredients to the child's success! A wide range of fun and developmentally appropriate activities and games, toys, books, and software are utilized to motivate and facilitate your child's learning throughout the session. A speech therapy session note and invoice are provided for each session.
How often will therapy happen?
The unique needs of each individual are considered when recommending therapy. Most children receive 1 - 2 sessions per week. This may be subject to change based on the child's response to therapy.
What insurances do you accept?
We are certified with TRICARE and an out-of-network provider with others.
For out-of-network patients, you are expected to pay for services at the time of service. We will provide, upon request, the appropriate documentation including a “superbill” or an itemized invoice with diagnosis and treatment codes that you may submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Depending upon your health plan, your insurance carrier may reimburse some or all of the costs of services. We accept checking, ALL credit cards, and health savings account cards.
Where Are Services Provided?
Due to COVID-19 services are currently provided via telepractice.
Jamie is an amazing resource to have in your life! She has both professional and personal experience with children who function on many different levels. Jamie has the ability to personalize her interventions, treatment, and parent feedback to each individual child. Jamie also has a warm, accepting style that immediately makes others feel comfortable in her presence. Jamie is also FUN and can meet kids at their level and engage with them. We are so lucky to have Jamie in our lives!