Get to Know Me
and My Approach
A B O U T M E
Kim Takacs, MS, CCC-SLP
I am a bilingual, pediatric speech-language pathologist with a passion for working together with families to achieve communication, hearing, and feeding goals. My aim is to make therapy engaging, fun, and functional. I treat children who have challenges in early communication, speech, expressive and receptive language, audition (hearing), and feeding. My specific expertise is in working with children from birth to three years old (early intervention) and supporting communication and listening for children who are Deaf or Hard-of-hearing (auditory habilitation). I also facilitate playgroups for children and caregivers focused on connecting with each other to support babies' natural development. Fluent in Spanish and competent in Portuguese and American Sign Language, I have experience working with families from diverse backgrounds. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
I graduated from Emerson College with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders and there was awarded the Graduate Program Award for academic excellence. I am certified as an Early Intervention Specialist (Massachusetts) and as a Hanen Program for Parents, It Takes Two to Talk facilitator. I am committed to ongoing learning and research to continue to build my knowledge and expertise. Because of this commitment, I was granted an Award for Continuing Education from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
My other beloved job is being a mom to my one-year-old son, Emery. My husband, son, two poodles and I moved to Maplewood, NJ this past summer from Cambridge, MA. We are so happy to be part of this warm community. In my free time, I love going outside with my family, hanging out at the dog park, reading, doing puzzles, and crafting.
M Y A P P R O A C H
Family-Centered, Child-Led, Evidence-Based
Positive social connections are the building blocks of communication and feeding development. I believe in fostering these connections between caregivers and children; parents and caregivers are children's best and most important teachers. Trust and mutual respect with families are the foundation for the therapy techniques I use. My therapy goals are created in collaboration with families and are based on their priorities. As parents and caregivers, you know your children better than anyone and are vital partners in therapy.
I believe that play is the work of children. The best therapy outcomes are achieved when we follow our children's lead and adapt sessions to their interests. I bring to each therapy session plenty of enthusiasm, flexibility, and a willingness to be silly. Recognizing that family life is busy, I explore with caregivers how to integrate therapy strategies into everyday routines so that learning may happen in a child's most comfortable, natural context.
I strongly believe in practicing therapy approaches that are proven to be effective. In order to stay up-to-date on best practices, I read the latest research, collaborate with colleagues, and regularly attend trainings, conferences, and seminars. I always welcome discussion with caregivers about my therapy approaches or the theory behind my clinical decisions.