Arriving in the Valley of the Sun in 1982, Robin attended graduate school at Arizona State University in the field of communication disorders. After living in New York City for 22 years, the desert was an unexpected pleasure and became her permanent home. Now with one husband, two children, and many various animals later, the Arizona landscape continues to provide daily pleasure.
Effecticomm was born in 1989 by owner and sole practitioner, Robin Rudin. Robin’s original desire in opening a speech therapy company was to have the freedom to provide services that were thorough, personal, and individual.
Robin Rudin has several decades of experience in oral motor issues and their impact on the precision of speech, voice, respiration, and oral motor skills and their impact on safe swallowing and chewing for liquids and solids. She also has experience with high-risk infants, tube-fed infants and children, children with food aversions, children with neurological impairments, sensory disorders, genetic disorders, congenital conditions, medically fragile children, cardiac, and metabolic disorders. Mrs. Rudin possesses advanced training in:
- NDT - (Neurodevelopmental Treatment)
This approach was developed for children with movement difficulties which limit motor movement. For speech and swallowing, the NDT approach provides for a thorough analysis of movement patterns impacting speech production and safe drinking and feeding skills. NDT principles guide treatment strategies that help facilitate improved oral motor functioning for improved speech and feeding skills.
- PROMPT - (PROMPTs for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
Prompt provides a treatment approach to speech production disorders such as apraxia (oral motor planning), processing, and dysarthria (weakness in the oral musculature) which uses tactile prompts to the jaw, cheeks, lips and tongue, specific for each sound. Touch cues help the child to feel the shape of each sound.
- SOS - (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding)
This feeding program was developed by psychologist Kay Toomey, PhD. It is especially effective for infants and children that have had a complex feeding history impacting their ability to move through the developmental steps to eating age appropriate foods. It is a gentle approach that focuses on small steps to accepting a wider range of food choices using desensitization by offering repeated exposure to a variety of developmentally appropriate foods. In our practice, emphasis is placed on understanding the whole child and the medical, physical, and behavioral components that relate to the child’s experience with feeding and the necessary skills needed to safely manage food and liquid.
- "Get Permission" Approach by Marsha Dunn Klein, Med, OTR/L
This is an approach to mealtimes and feeding treatment which is based on the foundation of trust in a feeding relationship. Marsha Dunn Klein is one of the Forefathers of feeding therapy evaluation and treatment over nearly the last three decades. Her work has greatly influenced how we as therapists approach children with feeding difficulties.
- Continuing education to remain current through professional development in speech, language and swallowing and feeding assessment and techniques.
Robin enjoys working with children. Her goal is to find their strengths and use it as a tool to improve their speech and language and feeding skills. Robin’s ultimate goal is to be a valued resource to all parents and families having children with speech, language, oral motor and feeding issues.
- Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology
(American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
August, 1985 - Present
- Licensed by the AZ Department of Health Services
(Speech Language Pathologist #SLP0699)
It is my goal to offer each child a wide variety of up-to-date, well researched, and individualized therapy services.
By thoroughly getting to know each child, I can capitalize on their strengths and utilize this information to offer strategies to the child and family that allow them to fully engage in the therapy process leading to improved skills. It is my goal, that as the therapy process unfolds we discover together, learning styles and strategies that are useful throughout the child’s educational and lifetime experiences.
Therapy is a partnership between the child, therapist, and family. I am lucky to be involved in this early relationship!