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.
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.
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.
- Robyn Drothler
Cheryl Kent M.A. CCC-SLP
Cheryl graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Communication Disorders and then completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Central Florida. She started her career working at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fl specializing in the pediatric early intervention program which provided extensive parent training to families. She has worked with a variety of disorders: articulation/phonological processes, apraxia, fluency, autism spectrum disorders, PDD, central auditory processing disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders.
She has also worked with children diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, cleft palate and other diagnoses. Over the years she has worked in a private practice setting, pediatric therapy clinic and contracted out in the schools in Cherokee and Forsyth Counties.
Her philosophy is all children learn differently and each child is his or her own individual person that has a voice whether it is verbal or nonverbal. Therapy is a team effort and open communication is of great importance so the parents are kept informed and for the parents to have trust and feel comfortable to ask questions and collaborate with the therapist.