About Us

Therapy Tree provides Speech-Language Pathology services in Northwest Arkansas and the River valley. Our mission is to provide optimal evaluation and individualized treatment for each child in order to improve the quality of life and optimal success in reaching their goals.  We have a passion for family and community support and utilize a multidisciplinary approach to achieve those goals and generalize success to all environments.  We believe in providing a network of support and education to parents and caregivers to encourage continued growth and success in daily routines and activities.  We provide services in homes, daycares and in our clinic setting.

A Closer Look

Therapy Tree values a positive, Whole Child approach to treatment which ensures that goals are specific to each child’s individual needs and abilities.  Parents and caregivers are closely involved in creating and implementing home programming that is manageable and results in everyday therapeutic opportunities for their child. Therapy Tree values collaboration with the child’s family, pediatrician and other disciplines to construct solutions to the family’s concerns. The ethical principles and standards for the American Speech Hearing and Language Association (ASHA) regarding confidentiality and the professional practice Speech Language Pathology, which includes dysphagia practices, are adhered to by all clinic therapists and supervisors (see www.asha.org for Code of Ethics).

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist is responsible for the diagnosis, prognosis, prescription, and remediation of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. A speech-language pathologist evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty speaking, listening, reading, writing, or swallowing. The overall objective of speech-language pathology services is to optimize individuals’ ability to communicate and swallow, thereby improving quality of life.

–American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


A speech-language pathologist can assess and treat delays and disorders in fluency, voice, speech sound development (articulation) and language, which may include a difficulty with understanding and/or using spoken, written, and/or other symbol systems such as gestures or sign language.

A speech-language pathologist can also asses and treat disturbances of feeding and swallowing which may include oral motor disorders, feeding difficulties secondary to disorders of tone and strength, structural deficiencies, or any underlying condition that may have placed a child at increased risk for airway obstruction and aspiration of food and liquid material into the airway.  Many children who have experienced negative associations surrounding food, such as children with reflux, food allergies, or gastrointestinal discomfort often have accompanying oral motor feeding difficulties and sensory processing difficulties, making eating a very stressful experience instead of an enjoyable one.  In the same sense, children with Autism or children who have difficulty processing sensory information may have a plethora of feeding challenges as a result of a negative response to food textures, difficulty transitioning to a new or unfamiliar food, and increased anxiety and aversion surrounding oral stimulation, food and mealtime.

Career Opportunities:

Interested in becoming part of the Therapy Tree team?  We would love to have you!

Therapy Tree is passionate about our clients and families.  We strive to collaborate with other disciplines and community resources to achieve the best possible care for our clients.  We embrace a positive work environment that fits into our therapists life style and personal and professional goals, not the other way around.  Whether you wish to pursue a part time position or full time employment, Therapy Tree aims to maintain a warm and friendly approach to day to day interactions with our clients and co-workers.  We offer training in the area of pediatric dysphagia evaluation and treatment and focus on child-centered intervention in all areas of speech-language therapy.  If you wish to become part of the Therapy Tree team please submit your resume to the following:

Therapy Tree
Attn: Career
311 West Spring Street
Fayetteville, Ar 72701
or submit resume online to kris.starnes@gmail.com  with Career Opportunity in the subject line.
Positions currently available with Therapy Tree to service NWA including Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers as well as Franklin and Johnson counties in the River Valley.