Joyful Speech was founded in June 2018 by Kristina Sawyer after realizing a need for accessible speech therapy services for children and adults within her community. Kristina was familiar with several people that had to drive a great distance to get therapy for their loved ones. She wanted to be able to give local families the option to stay within the community.
Kristina is a native of Mt. Carmel, IL and graduated from Mount Carmel High School and Wabash Valley College. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received her Masters Degree in Science-Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in Wabash, Edwards, and Lawrence County Schools as an SLP with experience with grades PreK-12. Other schools she has gained professional experience include, Tekopple School in Evansville, IN in grades K-5 and Noble Network Charter High Schools in Chicago, IL. As well, she has professional experience and is credentialed in the birth to 3 Early Intervention Program. Lastly, she brings 12-years of experience working with the geriatric population, having worked in Skilled Nursing Facilities throughout Southern Illinois.
Joyful Speech’s mission is to provide the community with quality speech-language and swallowing/feeding services to the pediatric and geriatric population to enhance their verbal communication and feeding swallow skills. The goal is to accomplish this by identifying concerns through evaluations and interviews with families. Along with the development of goals to meet the needs of the patients and their families.
Joyful Speech offers:
• Speech and language evaluations
• Treatment of articulation, phonological, and language deficits/delays
• Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders
• Evaluation and treatment of cognitive deficits
• Screenings of language, speech, swallowing, and cognition to determine if evaluations are needed.
Kristina has three children, Ell, Zeke, and Elyse. As a mother of three she is happy to be able to spend time with them while being able to provide Speech and Language services to her community.
306 N Market Street
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863