Robin Rickman, M.A, CCC-SLP
From an early age, Robin knew she wanted to spend her life helping people. She knew exactly where she wanted to be upon completing her first Introduction to Communication Disorders course.
Her spark ignited, Robin graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1995 with a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders. From there, she worked for other companies for several years before opening her own private practice in 2001.
Robin specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and language disorders. Her greatest joy is helping young kids clearly and effectively communicate with family and friends.
When she is not working, Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, Tony, and two children, Riley and Tanner.
"I can't imagine my life without the children I have worked with throughout the years. This is not a job to me- it is a purpose. I love to see children become confident in their ability to communicate." - Robin Rickman
Complete Speech & Language Evaluation
Assessment of articulation, phonology, motor planning for speech & oral motor skills.
Assessment of receptive and expressive language development including semantics, syntax & pragmatic language skills.
Parents will receive a complete report with a detailed treatment plan for each child.
Individual Treatment Sessions
One-on-one speech and/or language therapy.
Frequency ranges from one to four times a week, depending on each child's individual treatment plan.
Parents are encouraged to sit in on some or all of the sessions to ensure carryover of therapy targets to home.
Family-Centered Treatment Sessions
Typically one session per week.
Therapy sessions include parent involvement and prepare the family for "homework" assigned each week to help their child improve their communication skills at home.
My son is 3 1/2 years old, and was recently diagnosed with verbal apraxia. We have been seeing Robin for a few months now, and have already seen a lot of progress in him! She makes speech therapy fun, which is key to getting him to participate. I love that I can sit in on the sessions, so that I can learn how to work with him at home as well. Robin is very knowledgeable about apraxia, and is always happy to answer questions, offer resources, and most of all, she works great with my son! We will need to continue speech therapy for a very long time, as this is the only treatment for verbal apraxia, so I am very thankful to have found Robin! I highly recommend her for any of you or your loved ones speech therapy needs.
Important forms, links, downloads and references!
For more information on apraxia, check out these great online resources!
A great source of parent information and additional resources.
American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
Everything you need to know about speech and language disorders.
Robin is proudly affiliated with Missouri First Steps.
Rickman Speech & Language will file claims for all insurances, but is in-network with the following health insurance providers:
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Physicians who wish to refer their patients to Rickman Speech and Language may submit their referral form via fax to:
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that first becomes apparent as a young child is learning speech. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech.
Dysarthria is a speech disorder caused by muscle weakness. We use many muscles to talk. These include muscles in our face, lips, tongue, and throat, as well as muscles for breathing. It is harder to talk when these muscles are weak. Dysarthria happens when you have weak muscles due to brain damage. It is a motor speech disorder and can be mild or severe.
Rickman Speech & Language
140 S. Walnut
Dexter, Mo 63841