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Lynne Alba is a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, an Honor society. She completed three clinician rotations prior to graduation. During these internships, Lynne worked as an intern in a hospital, a student teacher in a classroom with children with severe speech and language disorders and an iterant speech therapist in the public school system.
She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. This pursuit was inspired by her work across the years with patients with speech-language needs. She saw that communication deficits could affect the quality of life and mental well-being of patients and their families. Inspired by the philosophy of treating the whole person, her pursuit in clinical psychology helps to individualize therapy and assist patients to reach their fullest communication potential. This includes paving the way to optimize a patient’s ability to relate to and communicate with family, peers, and others in their life. Her education in clinical psychology also inspires and informs her work with families and team members who all work together to maximize a patient’s potential.
Lynne worked at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for six-and-a-half years. During the last four years, she supervised a number of adult speech-language services, including Brain Injury, Stroke, Neurogenic Disorders and Geriatrics. Prior to her work at Rancho, she was employed at the well-known Switzer Learning Center, a nonprofit special education school for children and adolescents with learning and emotional difficulties. The last two-and-a-half years of her tenure, she was the Clinical Coordinator of the Speech and Language Department.
Lynne has worked with both adults and children presenting with a wide variety of difficulties, such as Articulation and Language Impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, ADHD, Auditory and Language Processing Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Verbal Dyspraxia, Dysarthria, Stroke, and Brain Injury. She has been trained in PROMPT, an innovative therapy technique used to help patients form sounds and words though direct and indirect manipulation of the speech structures (e.g., lips, tongue, and jaw). It involves using multiple cues (e.g., auditory, visual, touch, and movement) to give feedback to help develop clear and well-timed speech. She has also received training in other programs, such as Links to Language, It Takes Two to Talk®-The Hanen Program® for Parents, and the Nancibell Visualizing and Verbalizing® for Language Comprehension and Thinking (V/V®) Program. These three programs focus on improving language skills in those with language impairments. The Hanen Program directs its methods toward education and training parents in techniques and strategies to facilitate their child’s communication and language development in everyday situations.
Lynne has earned a reputation for keen diagnostic skills and the ability to develop targeted programs that have led to a high treatment success rate. She believes in utilizing a patient’s strengths to improve their weaker areas and integrates a variety of activities, strategies, and techniques into therapy based on each patient’s individual profile. She also believes in the value of teamwork. She likes to collaborate with a patient’s team members, as appropriate, and has a passion for educating and training family members and caregivers in skills and techniques to help optimize their child’s or family member’s success in communicating within the home, school and community.