Let Us Help You Become a Functional Communicator
Rebecca started UNLOCK the TALK to help individuals with their communication challenges. With years of experience with both geriatric and neurodivergent patients, UNLOCK the TALK is tailors therapy to you and your family’s specific needs. We value making therapy fun and practical for carry over into everyday life.
About Rebecca Hickey
Rebecca started UNLOCK the TALK- SLP SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES to help individuals in Kokomo, Indiana and nearby areas with their communication challenges. Read on to learn more about our background and work experience.
Graduated from Illinois State University with my BS in 1990 and MS in 1992, both in the field of Speech-Language Pathology
Licensed in Indiana in Speech-Language Pathology (Licensed SLP)
Accredited with my Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA CCCs).
For the past three decades, Rebecca has had the pleasure of helping adults and children with neurological and developmental disabilities to communicate with others in their world!
Rebecca’s career started in Long Term Care, where she served adults and seniors dealing with issues such as: strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. There, she gained a strong background in evaluating and treating neurological speech, language, motor planning, oral motor function and voice disorders, and helped clients regain functional communication skills.
In addition, her experience with Dysphagia has allowed her to assist countless clients to safely chew, swallow, and eat again.
Known by her students as “Miss Becky”, Rebecca has since spent six years working as the Speech-Language Pathologist (Speech Therapist) in Kokomo Area Special Education Cooperative, where she loved working with children and young adults in the Functional Skills classes. Her background in neurological communication deficits in adults transferred extremely well to the children and young adults with developmental delays, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Down’s syndrome.
Working with these individuals from a neurological model has allowed her to make amazing gains with communication skills with many verbal and non-verbal students.
Rebecca received her B.S and M.S in Speech Language Pathology from Illinois State University. She resides in the Howard County Indiana, where she has been providing Speech Language therapy services to children and adults for over 2 decades. Rebecca has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in Long Term Care Facilities in and around Howard County. She enjoys working with the adult populations, including those who had experienced life changing events, such as: a stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Alzheimer’s Disease. Rebecca connects with the residents, and helps them to learn to communicate effectively with their loved ones and care givers. She has also treated clients with Cognitive Linguistic Deficits, memory, and safety awareness, for residents planning to return home. In addition, she has worked with clients with Dysphagia, training adult patients to learn to chew, swallow, and safely eat again.
More recently, “Miss Becky” has had the pleasure of serving the K-12 Special Needs population, as an SLP in the Howard County School Corporation through Kokomo Area Special Education Corporation. She worked with the teachers to maximizing the verbal and non-verbal communication of students. The found that the skills which she developed in the adult neuro populations transferred well to the special need’s populations such as: Autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She uses games and fun activities to focus on natural communication skills. She connects with the students in a way makes them want to come to Speech Therapy.
Rebecca incorporates the family and caregivers in the plan of care, training, and therapy. She is happy to answer questions about the client’s medical issues as they relate to therapy, and to explain the “method to her madness” as it pertains to the therapeutic strategies. Caregiver participation is a key element in maximizing progress, and to carrying skills over from the therapy session to the home life.