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Meet Subie, our professionally trained facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence. Subie is trained knowing 30+ commands and loves to help out and play during therapy sessions. We know that not all children are comfortable with dogs or may have allergies so we will always ask permission before including Subie in a session. 

Support Staff

American River Speech is staffed by speech pathologists and speech language pathology assistants (SLPA). All of our speech pathologists hold Master's degrees, are licensed by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance, and are certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Our SLPA's have earned degrees at the associates or bachelors level and are licensed by the state of California to provide speech therapy services under the supervision of a licensed speech pathologist. Our Therapists have extensive experience providing services to children with severe communication delays, complex needs and a variety of developmental disabilities.

American River Speech is owned by Vicki Norman, M.A., CCC-SLP and Melissa Fischer M.S. CCC-SLP.

Vicki Norman, M.A., CCC-SLP has years of experience with treatment and assessment of children with a variety of speech and language disorders, independent assessments for various school districts, assessment and consultation services for Alternative Augmentative Communication devices, early intervention services, parent training, supervision of Speech Pathology Assistants, socialization training and presentation of speech services/goals at IEP meetings.

Melissa Fischer, M.S., CCC-SLP is a dedicated and experienced Speech Language Pathologist who has provided speech therapy services in a variety of settings that include hospital, school districts and private practice.  She has provided both inpatient and outpatient services for adults and children, specializing in autism, feeding, and alternative and augmentative communication.