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Impact Maker: Emma Holmes, Speech Language Therapist

Impact Maker: Emma Holmes, Speech Language Therapist
Meet Emma Holmes, one of our team members making an impact through our physical health services as one of our dedicated speech language therapists. After earning her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from West Virginia University, her bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh, and spending more than three years at our amazing place, see what brings Emma inspiration and joy in her career!

Whether you’re looking for physical health services that can best support your child and family or are interested in starting a new career where you can make an impact, we want to hear from you. Learn more about our physical health services or view our career opportunities today.

Emma Holmes, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Therapist

When you think of The Children’s Institute, what comes to your mind?
"An organization with a storied history, which has always been, and continues to be a pillar in the Pittsburgh community. The Children’s Institute is known for exceptional care."

How does being a part of The Children's Institute's mission make you feel?
"I am excited to be able to be a part of a mission to teach and empower children around the region."

What inspires you?
"The chance to make an impact inspires me. Getting to be a positive part of the lives of the children we work with is motivating. Helping a child get the opportunity to communicate is powerful."

What is your most memorable, positive on-the-job experience?
"I was lucky enough to complete a graduate externship at The Children’s Institute in 2015. Based on my experience then, I knew this was an environment I hoped to work in one day. I was extremely excited to return to CI a few years later and begin building my career here in. That has turned out to be a great move."

'Fun' is one of our core values. What does your team do to make every day more fun?
"The sense of camaraderie and togetherness make each work day fun. Everyone in the speech department has an outgoing personality, is very social, and always willing to collaborate. It’s enjoyable to be able to call coworkers my friends and know they are people I want to spend time with both inside and outside of work."

What is your favorite part of your job?
"I love the daily interaction with the kids and the positive outlook they have on life. Seeing the progress they make is extremely rewarding."

Why would you encourage parents to look into The Children's Institute for their child?
"Each and every one of our therapists has a true desire to create positive outcomes, by producing individualized treatment plans for the children we serve. There’s a variety of experiences among our therapists, making it easy to find someone who can help your child, including both in person and teletherapy services."

Additional thoughts?
"The speech department has made a conscious effort to increase our use of technology in our sessions whether that be through alternative/augmentative communication or with speech and language apps. Incorporating this technology has already proven to engage more clients, which has led to stronger communication skills."

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