About
Apraxia Dallas, founded over 20 years ago by Kay Giesecke, is a small private practice composed of three speech language pathologists. We treat children starting at two to three years of age with a variety of communication disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), dysarthria, stuttering/fluency, phonological processing, articulation, and expressive and receptive language delays/disorders.

We evaluate and differentially diagnosis all of the above disorders. Evaluations vary in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on the age of the child and their abilities. A full, detailed report is included in the cost of all evaluations.

All of our speech language pathologists have received extensive training in motor speech disorders, particularly Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Our speech language pathologists each hold a Master’s degree and the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence and are licensed by the State of Texas to provide speech therapy.

Our therapy is highly individualized to the needs of the child and the family. We adjust the length and frequency of therapy sessions based on what works best for the child and the family.  Parents and caregivers are asked to attend most if not all therapy sessions so that they are fully informed about their child’s goals, progress and how to best carry over at home. We find that children make faster progress when their parents and caregivers are educated about how to help them outside of the therapy room.
We plan our therapy sessions to target each child’s individual goals as well as use materials that will motivate the child and encourage them to communicate. We encourage families to check-out the toys and materials (free of cost!) used during sessions so that children are excited to practice at home, too.
  
We offer:
  • Highly individualized therapy for the child
  • Parent and/or caregiver education during the child's session
  • Flexible session duration and frequency 
  • Complimentary material and toy check-out
  • All therapy is performed by licensed and certified speech language pathologists
  • Differential diagnosis of communication disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech
  • Consultations to  equip other professionals to facilitate the child's communication
​Meet the Team
Breanna Waldrup, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Owner
Breanna Waldrup, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and the owner of Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. Breanna earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology (with a focus on neurobiology) and communication sciences and disorders from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. Breanna’s primary area of expertise is motor planning disorders, especially childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders including an invitation-only intensive three day work shop with Edythe Strand, PhD, the creator of DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing). She also attended the 2015 and 2016 CASANA (The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) conferences. Breanna demonstrated the necessary level of skill and experience to be listed in the CASANA SLP Directory . Breanna has presented on the diagnosis and treatment of CAS at the 2016 and 2017 TSHA conferences and the 2016 ASHA conference. She is scheduled to present at the 2017 CASANA conference . Breanna’s secondary interest is in disorders that affect social-pragmatic skills, including autism. She has attended a variety of trainings in different methodologies, including those of Michelle Garcia Winner, MS, CCC-SLP and Patricia Prelock, Ph.D. Breanna has also received training in PROMPT, verbal behavior and PECS (picture exchange communication systems). Breanna believes strongly that every child has the right to communicate and strives to help each child she works with to find their voice.
Mallory Eskridge, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Mallory Eskridge, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at Apraxia Dallas, PLLC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Texas and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Mallory is a member of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) and previously served as a co-leader of the Dallas chapter of the NSA Teens Who STutter (TWST) support group.

Mallory enjoys working with kids and teens who have childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and/or disorders in fluency, articulation/phonology, and expressive and receptive language. In 2015, Mallory attended the National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Mallory has also received training in the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention and orofacial myology. Mallory has experience in providing parent training during speech sessions to facilitate carryover of skills and family involvement in each child’s learning process.
Cynthia Marlow Gould, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Cynthia Marlow Gould, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s degree from Texas State University in the same field. She has also earned a post-graduate certification (60 credit hours) in Dyslexia and Literacy through the University of York in England and is a member of the British Dyslexia Association and International Dyslexia Association.

For over 15 years, Cynthia has been working in the field of Speech Pathology and Learning Support in cities such as Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Monaco, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Bangkok. Her passions are working with children of all ages who have articulation, receptive and expressive language, literacy, math and social skills issues. Cynthia has been asked to lead, manage, create, and develop Learning Support Departments throughout Europe and Asia. She has helped develop and enhance targeted classroom practice of teachers and teaching assistants and worked with school leaders to implement effective learning to build relationships that last. She feels that working with the whole learner and the people in their environment is the key to success. Cynthia is also a certified Positive Discipline instructor and can hold parent seminars to help guide them through the ins and outs of positive parenting.
  

Edith Young, MA, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Edith Young is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing from Texas A&M as well as a Master’s Degree in Communication Science from Texas Women’s University.

Edith has been working as a licensed SLP for 30+ years with a focus on feeding, swallow and oral motor planning disorders in children and adults. She co-authored 4 publications on reading comprehension, grammar, and word meanings. Her experience covers working collaboratively with family/caregivers to provide effective home exercise programs for her clients to put into practice what they learn in their therapy sessions.

Edith has conducted several seminars on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Orofacial Disorders” for dentist and orthodontists as well as “Elastic Therapeutic Taping: Facilitate Oral Motor Planning for Feeding and Speaking” to SLPs. She has supervised and mentored 10 speech language pathologists following their master’s degree.

Edith believes every child has the ability to communicate but it is her experience and diligent work in conjunction with the families and caregivers that develops the child’s ability its fullest potential.
   

Kay Giesecke, MS, CCC-SLP
Kay Giesecke, MS, CCC-SLP has 36 years experience as a speech-language pathologist and was the founder of Apraxia Dallas. Kay earned a BFA degree in communication disorders from Southern Methodist University and a MS degree in communication disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Texas and the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. After 11 ½ years as a public school SLP and 9 years as a stay at home mom, In 1996 Kay began a wonderful journey as a specialist in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). She has attended numerous continuing education courses on motor planning disorders that includes 2 short courses offered at the Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA) convention and numerous workshops at two different CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech of North America) conventions. Kay has presented on the diagnosis and treatment of CAS at every TSHA convention since 2005 and twice at the national CASANA convention. Kay has also taught workshops/classes on CAS at Cook’s Children’s Hospital, numerous school districts and Regional Education Service Centers in Texas, TWU, UTD, Stephen F. Austin State University, an eight week online class thru the University of Zambia, and will teach a class in March of 2017 at Newcastle University in Great Britain. Kay is committed to continue to teach about CAS and to help children with CAS to find their voice at her new practice, Apraxia Austin , and her intensive summer camps at her ranches.
Speech Language Pathologist, Founder
Andrew Olsen
Accountant
Andrew Olsen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He is a CPA candidate and is currently enrolled in the University of Louisiana at Monroe Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program. Andrew has 10 years of accounting experience, working for both small businesses and large corporations. He’s happy to be a part of the Apraxia Dallas team and is available to answer questions regarding billing. He can be contacted at info@apraxiadallas.com.
Marja Roach, MSP, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Marja Roach is currently on leave. Marja Roach is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and subsequently earned her Master's Degree plus 30 additional credit hours from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Marja holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and is a member of the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA) and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
For more than 10 years, Marja has primarily focused her clinical skills on diagnosing and treating toddlers and school aged children with challenges in receptive and expressive language disorders, behavior, social/play skills, as well as articulation, phonological processing, and apraxia. Marja has experience treating students in the North Carolina and California public school systems where she focused on pre-k to 8th grade students. Most notably, she played an integral role in developing and managing an independent site within the school system which focused on the treatment of preschool and private school students in a more individualized setting. Outside of the school setting, Marja has experience working collaboratively with families to provide multidisciplinary therapy in private practices, home health agencies, daycares, skilled nursing facilities, and early childhood intervention sites.
Marja's passion for treating children in need led her to partner with Harding University where she Supervised eight graduate students in Zambia, Africa as they performed early intervention techniques/language stimulation strategies to toddlers and preschool aged orphans. Marja began working at Apraxia Dallas in 2015. She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, Tony, and two daughters, Marley and Madyson.