The Mission of Advantage Speech Therapy Services

My mission is to provide a warm and loving environment where children love to play and play to learn and where parents and caregivers learn strategies to carryover skills and enhance therapeutic progress.

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Robyn Drothler M.ED. CCC-SLP & Owner

As the owner of ASTS, Inc., I graduated from the College of Wooster in 1995 with an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology. I then worked for 3 years in the Manatee County School District in Florida after which I graduated from Valdosta State University with a Masters in Education in May 2000.

During my three years in Gwinnett County, post graduate, I earned my Certificate of Clinical Competence while also simultaneously working for other private therapy companies on the side. ASTS was founded in 2002.

I am an ASHA member and am both nationally and state certified with continuing post graduate education courses to continue to develop my knowledge in the field.

I have experience in, but am not limited to, Articulation/Phonological disorders, Developmental Delays, Autism/PDD, and Down Syndrome.

Review the Developmental Milestone Chart for children ages birth to 5 to see if your child is understanding and talking at an age appropriate level. You may also review additional charts here.

My Personal Philosophy

Reflecting back on my babysitting years, I think I always knew exactly what I was interested in, well before I was truly aware of it. I can remember times that I would be playing with the children I was babysitting and working on language tasks for no other reason than wanting to get them to talk or to help them to learn something new. So, once in college, I started taking required classes and landed on a Language Development in Children class and fell in love with it and only wanted more! The rest is history!

I value the experience I had at my undergraduate school - The College of Wooster (Ohio), as it gave me hands on experience at the undergraduate level since we had a Speech and Hearing Clinic right on campus. Upon entering graduate school, I felt years ahead of my peers because of the hands-on experience I had at my small liberal arts school compared to their larger universities without that experience.

I believe in having fun and "playing" with kids while they learn. My hope is that I make therapy seem like fun and they don't realize they are really "working." At the same time, I find that I take a structured approach and guide the therapy sessions in such a way to reach the goals I am wanting to achieve. Yet, if a child wants to share a story or tell me about a new game he/she got, I'm all about working "that" into the session. I want to make therapy reflect real life and what they are interested in so that it's not about worksheets and specifically drilling a certain sound, but working on words they say and using topics they are interested in.

I love using my iPad in therapy as it works as a motivational tool as well as a fun learning tool. There are so many apps out there that help kids in all different ways that even a simple game can have underlying bonuses! I remember when I got my first iPhone with only a few apps and was working with a non-verbal child. All it took was showing him a few fun things he would be able to do on my phone "if only" he would sign/say something to earn it. Sure enough it worked! He was working hard to play on my phone after that! I was happy that my purchase was for a greater good than just making calls! 

I've been working in the field long enough to know that I feel much more effective as a therapist working privately, one on one, with kids compared to the school system. Not only do I see more progress and achievement towards goals, but the parents are also more involved and there is more carryover of skills as a result.

Julie Stewart, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

I have recently joined Advantage Speech Therapy Services as a part-time speech-language pathologist. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. I obtained my master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia as well. I am certified through the state of Georgia and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). In addition to my part-time position with Advantage Speech Therapy Services, I currently work full-time in the Forsyth County School District with elementary-aged kids.

My Personal Philosophy

I first became interested in this field during high school when I observed speech therapy in the private outpatient setting. I quickly grew in love with early intervention and the idea of structured play based therapy to encourage language development. Since graduating, I have had experience working with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children with receptive and expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, etc. I believe in helping kids reach their highest communicative potential through engaging therapy and effective evidence-based techniques and strategies. I thoroughly enjoy working with the pediatric population, and I am passionate about facilitating communication for all!