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-home 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 point 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 than our therapist can provide more appropriate care will be recommended.
Who is the Thankful SLP?
Jamie Smith, MA CCC-SLP
I am the owner of Thankfully Inspired, LLC. I hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), am a certified Hanen Program® More Than Words provider and child advocate. I am passionate about empowering parents and helping children communicate. I earned my bachelor's degree from Ohio State University (GoBucks!), and my Masters from Washington State University. I provide parent training workshops, social language groups, speech-language consultation, assessment, and intervention online, in-home, and in the community. My special interests include early intervention, language development, social communication, autism, fluency, and social-emotional well being. I am genuinely grateful for every opportunity and look forward to meeting you and working with your family.
For nearly twenty years, I have been fortunate to work with a wide variety of children and young adults (0-21 years of age). Each individual has been unique and so has their plan of care. I believe family involvement is critical in treatment and work diligently to communicate with and involve families in therapy. In addition to being a certified speech-language pathologist, I have been a classroom aide, preschool teacher, and homeschool parent. I have worked as an SLP in both public and private schools and private pediatric clinics.
Currently, I live in beautiful Kailua, Hawaii with my husband, three children, two dogs, and one cat. My family has moved MANY times over the past 15 years. We have lived in eight states, and our children have attended multiple schools. With these moves, there have been challenging moments, but there have also been abundantly rewarding ones. I have been blessed to work in schools in five different states. I have worked with many children with a wide range of skills and deficits. I have been fortunate to collaborate with exceptional educational staff and other service providers. I have seen the good and bad of special education in our educational system. These experiences have reinforced my commitment to help children and their families.
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 Services Are Provided
Thankfully Inspired makes receiving speech-language services easy. We provide quality speech-language interventions in your home, at your child's private school/daycare, and online.
Our in-home and community-based services are offered on the Windward side of Oahu, in the cities of Kailua and Kaneohe.
In addition to Hawaii, we provide teletherapy services in California. Other west coast states will be available soon.