About Me

Hi there, I'm Ty Lockhart, M.A., CCC-SLP, CYT!

(formerly Tiffany Lockhart)

Something you should know about me is that I'm dedicated to empowering kiddos to thrive as confident, resilient beings. My passion lies in providing neurodiversity-affirming services designed to support kiddos to attain their communication potential by using their strengths, interests, and learning style to their advantage.

This is my passion because I am a highly sensitive and empathic person with ADHD and sensory processing differences, myself. I grew up struggling to accept myself because of traditional teaching methods that aimed to fix my “differences”, which made me feel broken and lesser-than. And it’s this experience as a neurodivergent person that has shaped my therapeutic approach and helps me to connect with kiddos on a deep level, understand their perspective and reasons for their behaviors, and make sense of it for their parents and caregivers.

In addition to my personal experience I, of course, have professional training you probably want to know about 😉. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Eastern Washington University (2005) and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from Western Washington University (2007). I also received my Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher certification in 2019 and became a Resilient Kids Parent Coach in 2020, further enhancing my skills to support families in their journey towards positive growth and effective communication.

I am a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with over 16 years of experience working with kiddos of all ages. I am Hanen certified in "It Takes Two To Talk" with extensive training in the areas of: Autism, social communication, ADHD, sensory processing disorders (SPD), motor speech disorders, kids mindfulness and yoga, positive behavior management, sensory processing and integration, social emotional intelligence, trauma, and executive functions (attention, memory, problem-solving, working memory, self-awareness/monitoring, and emotional self-regulation).

And one last thing you should know about me is that when I’m not working and learning new pro skills, I’m playing. During my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking, and snowshoeing with my partner. I also enjoy traveling, wood working, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

My Mission

Empower kiddos and their families to embrace their unique learning style and build on their strengths in order to achieve their communication potential and strengthen relationships with themselves and those closest to them.

My Approach

I provide a holistic approach, considering all areas of a kiddo's life that may impact how they express themselves and interact with others. By considering all areas of development (and other factors), we can provide the supports that kiddos need to make long-lasting progress.

I believe that all kiddos deserve to be seen, heard, and understood. And that there is no “fix” for their struggles and learning style. Instead, there are accommodations, supports, and experiences that can help them develop and/or compensate for developmental skills that they’re struggling to develop. All services are designed to be motivating, inclusive, interactive, and effective. I strive to create a compassionate and accommodating environment where kiddos’ "differences" are celebrated and their strengths and interests guide therapy.

I do this by...

  • Using a play, strengths-based, and sensory-informed approach (how kids learn best)
  • Positive behavior management strategies (positive discipline to teach important self-awareness, regulation, and problem solving skills vs. punishment and ineffective reward systems)
  • Developing home programs (personalized home and community practice activities and strategies to help parents and caregivers carry learned skills over to their daily routines)
  • Collaboration (working closely with parents, caregivers, and other professionals (OTs, PTs, educators, psychologists, etc.) involved in the kiddo’s life to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach)
  • Providing assessment and therapy services in kiddos' natural environment (home, daycare, other community settings). Virtual therapy and consultation services are also offered for those not in my service area.

Love Letters From My Clients...

Ty, by helping our sweet boy find his words you've paved the way for our family to understand him in the most fundamental way. Thank you for speaking to us with your words, eyes, and your heart!

DeBona Family

Thank you for all the hard work and time you have spent with our daughter. We are so appreciative of your efforts over the last year. We have and continue to learn a lot from you each week.

Wren's Moms

Many thanks for all your endless patience, support, and guidance. I am amazed with how alive and animated our son becomes when he's having fun and learning with you. We are incredibly grateful for all you've done and continue to do.

Autism Family

Awards & Honors

I'm so honored to have been voted one of Seattle's Best SLP's 8 years in a row, and now I'm excited to bring my expertise to Bend, OR!

Connect With Me

Phone: (541) 203-0893
Email: connect@peakcommunicationtherapy.com
Office Hours: Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm

Location: Home, daycare/school, community settings in Bend, Oregon

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