Lakeisha Interview

Lakeisha B. Fields, M.S., CCC-SLP established Magnolia Speaks Speech Therapy Center, PLLC in 2014 with the goal to provide elite, client-driven therapy. Lakeisha has specific experience providing services to the pediatric and school aged populations with Autism, Articulation, Fluency, and Language Disorders. She has provided cognitive therapy to the geriatric population in Skilled Nursing and Acute Care Outpatient Facilities.

Lakeisha, why did you go into speech pathology?

My first choice was to be a pediatrician because I knew that I loved helping children. However, in high school, I shadowed a Speech-Language Pathologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and my dream changed. As I waited for the therapist on my first day, I saw so many children with varied abnormalities and disabilities which was sad and interesting at the same time. When I met the therapist, I was so amazed at what she knew and how she helped those kids. I’ve always loved kids, so that was the day I knew I would be a Speech-Language Pathologist.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I have the opportunity to change the lives of others. Sometimes it gets stressful because we as Speech-Language Pathologist have so much responsibility on our shoulders, including ensuring clients are on a diet that will prevent aspiration, creating a language enriched environment to increase a person’s ability to communicate, and/or assisting them in adapting appropriately to varied social settings.

What have you learned from your clients?

I’ve learned that it takes patience, firmness with empathy, and determination to serve those with communication disorders. My clients teach me to enjoy the small accomplishments that lead up to the big ones.

Keisha, what’s your favorite exercise to do with your clients and what skill does it help your client build?

My favorite exercises are the indirect language stimulation strategies that I use during therapy with my preschool clients who are delayed in their ability to use words. My favorite indirect stimulation strategies are giving choices, parallel talk, expansions.
● Giving choices: First I stage the therapy session by placing cars and a farm with animals (preferred interest toys) on the table before my client comes into the therapy room. This requires the client to use some type of communication mode to express a want for the toy whether it’s using eye gaze, pointing, or using a word (ultimate end goal is for them to talk)
● Parallel Talk: I describe actions of the child during play (since the child is three and not using any words) during play (Car, You have a car, You put pig in car, You are pushing the car, which increases the vocabulary of the a child.
● Expansions: I add more words to what my client says. Client says car and I would say, that’s a big car. Client repeats car big then says yellow. I would expand by saying that’s a big yellow car.

I love these strategies because they help with increasing vocabulary to communicate and developing appropriate turn taking for play.

To work with Keisha give her a call at 972-665-7065.