Improving Communication Cynthia Cogswell, ma, CCC-SLP Working With All Ages Serving San Francisco Bay Area Speech & Language Therapy, Myofunctional Therapy About TherapistCynthia CogswellCynthia Cogswell is a Speech/Language Pathologist and Myofunctional Therapist, with a highly respected private practice in Northern California. Cynthia’s extensive background encompasses private schools, public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation units, participation on a cleft palate panel, consulting to local orthodontists, and providing staff development in-services in a school setting. She works with all ages, and has specialized training in a variety of areas, including articulation, oral-motor deficits, orofacial myofunctional disorders, receptive/expressive language skills, phonological awareness, voice disorders, social language needs, and central auditory processing disorders. Cynthia holds a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Pacific, a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), a CA license in Speech Pathology, and a certificate in Orofacial Myology from the Academy of Oral Myofunctional Therapy-International (AOMT-I). Cynthia's Practice Continuing education is a vital component to a robust practice. Cynthia attends courses each year in order to enrich her speech/language therapy practices with new methods and ideas. She has received specialized training in various methodologies, including but not limited to, Judy Montgomery’s language intervention models, Char Boshart’s articulation programs, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy, Zones of Regulation, and CAPDOTS Auditory Training System. Cynthia’s initial myofunctional training and mentoring was under Bill and Julie Zickefoose with AOMT-I. Since then, she has continued to train extensively with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (AOMT) and the Breathe Institute in Southern California. This advanced training allows her to assess and treat patients with myofunctional disorders, including tongue tie. She works closely with many other professionals, including dentists, ENT’s, sleep specialists, osteopaths, and teachers to ensure the highest level of care and optimal health. For success, a team approach is best! Cynthia appreciates the total child and is an effective communicator with families, bringing them in as partners in the therapy process. Parents are encouraged to attend therapy sessions, where they learn techniques so they can support their children with essential daily home practice. Working together propels the therapy forward, resulting in the best possible outcome.