Our Practice

Meeting Communication needs since 2002

Welcome to Arkansas Regional Therapy Services, LLC (A.R.T.S.), conveniently located off of Joyce Blvd and Crossover. Here, our professionals know that speech therapy isn't just how you say your sounds, but about COMMUNICATION!  Our mission is to help our patients accomplish their communication goals in a compassionate way with positive outcomes.  


We strive to educate our patients and caregivers and offer comprehensive training and intervention to meet their communication and educational needs.  At A.R.T.S., we are educated and trained in many areas in order to help you or your child become a better communicator.  Whether it be in written form, social form, or verbal form, we are here for you because "Communication is key!"

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Kristy Brown, MS CCC-SLP. (Owner)

Kristy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 1999.  She is trained in Floortime, Orton Gillingham, rehabilitation for the hearing impaired, and is also trained in Beckman Oral Motor Program.   Other areas of focus include:  auditory processing, phonological processing (reading) and writing, severe language disorders, and early intervention.  ABA techniques, Floortime techniques,  PECS, and sign language are used in therapy to increase communication skills. Kristy consults with childcare providers on providing an optimal classroom for children with special needs or behaviors needing to be addressed.    She provides personal consulting and training in areas such as:  Deaf Education, Sign language, Individual Education Plans and the IDEA process, as well as information regarding feeding and swallowing issues and reflux in infants and children.  

Email: KristyBrownSLP@aol.com

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Tara Call, MS CCC-SLP (Owner)

Tara graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2001 with a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders.  She has devoted her career to the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Tara applies a wide range of techniques such as Floortime, PECS, ABA, TEACCH, Social Stories, comic strip conversations, and social skills. While working with the public school system, Tara gained experience treating Autism Spectrum Disorders in the classroom.  She is also a Hanan Certified Speech Language Pathologist trained to empower parents of children with language delays to become their child’s primary language facilitator.  She provides family and school personal consulting and training.  Please, email her anytime.

Email: ttcall2@msn.com

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Jennifer Barr, MS CCC-SLP

Jenn Barr graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University. Studying professional writing, literary analysis, cognitive therapy, and behaviorism techniques lead her to specialize in speech-language therapy.  Her undergraduate interests have shaped her love for language and helping the person as a whole. Yoga teacher training and personal development have also shaped her unique therapy approach to addressing functional integration of the patient within their family and community circles.

 

Jenn holds certifications in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Kaufman’s Speech to Language Protocol for apraxia of speech, and Beckman’s Oral Motor Protocol.  She has training in Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner and applying Mindfulness techniques in therapy.  Through self-teaching and support from fellow therapists, she has implemented the teachings of Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS), Story Grammar Marker (SGM), Pamela Marshalla’s articulation techniques, and worked with companies such as Lingraphica and Constant Therapy for augmentative communication and aphasia support.  She also enjoys applying accent reduction therapy for professionals in the community.

 

Jenn has been with ARTS since the beginning of 2012, serving children and adults at the clinic and the surrounding area.  In the past she has worked in the Springdale schools. She currently shares her time with Washington Regional Home Health, serving home-bound adults and their families.  She lives in Fayetteville with her husband, son, and kitty.

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Olivia Lensing Brinker, MS CCC-SLP

Olivia is a speech-language pathologist from Fort Smith, Arkansas. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas. She began working for ARTS in the summer of 2015. Olivia’s areas of focus are early intervention, Down Syndrome, articulation and literacy skills. Olivia lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Derek. She enjoys shopping, decorating, trying new restaurants, traveling, cheering on the Razorbacks, and spending time with her friends and family. Olivia’s favorite thing about being a speech therapist is seeing a child smile when they learn a new skill and helping them reach their full potential through the power of communication.

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Katie Cochran, MS CCC-SLP

Katie Cochran is originally from Russellville, Arkansas, but considers Fayetteville home for the past 13 years. She has her bachelor degree is business administration from the University of Arkansas, but after a working for a year in this field, felt a calling to work with children. She graduated with her master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and, upon graduation, began working with children in daycares, preschools, grade schools, and clinic settings. 

 

Katie specializes in written language and reading therapies, working with programs such as High Noon Reading.  She has also completed the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol training for improved evaluation and treatment of clients with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). 

 

When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Leot and Ames, reading novels and attending the various local events NWA has to offer.

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Tammy Davis, MS CCC-SLP

Tammy has been a speech language pathologist since 1999. Currently, She works full-time at the Elizabeth Richardson Center. ARTS is very luck to have her part time since 2011.   She has experience with early intervention, autism, feeding and swallow disorders, and apraxia of speech. Tammy has been trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System, Debra Beckmann Oral Motor Protocol, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.

 "I love being a speech language pathologist because there is no greater feeling than giving a child a voice"--Tammy

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Shannon Knotts, MS CCC-SLP

Shannon received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in 1997 and Master of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 2004. She has dedicated her career to the pediatric population of all ages. Her passion is to better the lives of children and their families.  She joined the ARTS family in 2011.  At ARTS, Shannon works with children of all ages in the areas of communication, articulation, and language development. She also works with school-aged children, especially in the areas of reading and language to improve comprehension, vocabulary, and expressive language skills. Shannon is trained in Beckman Oral Motor.  She has attended courses in social thinking, autism treatment, preschool language, cochlear implants, and hearing impairments and has a primary focus of Early Intervention.  Shannon enjoys being around friends and family, traveling, and attending her daughters' activities.   

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Hannah Miller, MS CCC-SLP

Hannah attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she graduated with her Masters in Communication Disorders. She was an intern at ARTS in the summer semester of 2013. Upon graduation she began her career with Academy at Riverdale in her home town of Little Rock, AR, where her primary focus was children with down Syndrome and Autism. Her favorite thing about being a speech therapist is witnessing the effect that a boost in confidence can have on a kiddo’s communication skills.

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Jason Nordstrom, MS CFY-SLP

Jason graduated with his B.A. in Speech Communications in 2011 from Missouri Southern State University.  He received his M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas.  His dedication of practice is to stuttering, social language/ pragmatics, articulation, and language.  He is educated in all aspects of swallowing therapy as well. His experience ranges from  children to adults.

 

He lives in Fayetteville with his wife, Morgan, and his two sons, Charles and Edward.  He enjoys reading, playing with his sons, fantasy football, being the biggest Iowa Hawkeyes fan in Arkansas, cheering for the Razorbacks.   

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Nancy Wells, LPC

Nancy Wells has been an autism advocate and activist for her children and community for more than two decades. After years as a stay-at-home mom, Nancy decided to further her scope by pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling.  She is now a board certified cognitive specialist and licensed professional counselor with a specialty license for technology-assisted therapy. Her clinical practice focuses on individuals with autism and their families.

In 2015, she founded AbleTalks – classes for the next stage. Its mission is to address the drop-off point for adults on the spectrum that have lost therapies due to aging out at 21 years old. As a parent, Nancy saw first-hand how devastating life becomes when critical supports are taken away too soon. AbleTalks offers tuition free, independent education, mental heath and social language supports, and self-advocacy skills. It’s the belief that AbleTalks students are the experts of their own lives and, with support can develop fulfilling lives on their own terms…in their own time.

Nancy was recently profiled in “Autism Parenting Magazine” and has contributed to articles related to autism parenting in “U.S. News and World Report” and “The Boston Globe”. She also serves on the Arkansas Legislative Task for on Autism.


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Missy Gocio (Reading Interventionist)

Degrees
B.A - Hendrix College
M.S. - University of Arkansas

Experience
Reading tutor in private reading clinic - 5 years
Title I Literacy Instructor Fayetteville Public Schools/St. Joseph Catholic School - 8 years

Specialized Reading Training

Orton-Gillingham
Lindamood-Bell:
 Seeing Stars:Symbol Imagery (SI) for  phonemic awareness, sight words, and spelling
 Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) for language comprehension and thinking
  Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LIPS) for reading, spelling, and speech
State of Arkansas:
  Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas for grades K - 2
  Effective Literacy for grades 2-4