"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and [snap] the job's a game."
~ Mary Poppins
~ Mary Poppins
Mitzi Berger, M.A., CCC-SLP
What I do
My favorite time is spent with children. There are a million little things that you and I can do to help kids learn, grow, and succeed. I love giving families strategies to use throughout their day to maximize their child's speech and language development. An empowered family can make all the difference in a child's ability to communicate effectively.
I hold a master's degree in speech-language pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP), and a license to practice speech/language pathology in Colorado, overseen by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). I am a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA).
My passion is providing speech and language therapy to children ages 6 months and up who live in and around Fort Collins. I work with them in their homes, with their families, using their own books, toys, and routines. Depending on their individual needs, I help them with receptive and expressive language, articulation, auditory rehabilitation, apraxia, fluency, voice, and feeding. I make speech/language therapy fun, easy, and accessible to everyone.
Speech and language development doesn't just happen during one session per week in an isolated office. It happens in little ways, in every moment of every day, with every person that a child interacts with. My job is to teach children and their families how to target speech and language learning by maximizing all of those interactions within the comfort of their own home.
What I've done before
I received by master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Iowa, which was one of the first speech therapy programs in the United States and remains the #1 ranked graduate program for speech-language pathology by U.S. News and World Report. Not to mention, Iowa City is a great place to spend a couple of years. Prior to that, I received a bachelor of science degree from Colorado State University - Pueblo with a double major in psychology and communication sciences.
Since 2001, I've spent a lot of time providing speech and language services to children in a few different top-notch settings, including Children's Hospital Colorado, Foothills Gateway Early Intervention, the Colorado Home Intervention Program, and the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - Oakland. I have worked with children in outpatient office settings, preschools and elementary schools, inpatient hospital settings, and in their homes. I have advanced training in infant and toddler feeding therapy, sign language and aural rehabilitation with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, parent training for increasing early language acquisition, pre-literacy development, treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and treatment of stuttering and dysfluencies.
Through my own experience as a wife and mother, I know firsthand how busy families get. I work extra hard to maximize and accelerate your child's speech and language development while making therapy convenient and enjoyable for your family.
A personal note:
Why Lucky Speech? Well, I am incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love every day: helping children communicate. But, actually, my business is named in memory of my mother, whose nickname was Lucky. She was the friend, partner, and inspiration that made me the therapist I am today. She spent a 30-year career working with children in addition to raising a family of her own. My mom taught me to love children, appreciate literature, and above all, be kind. My work is dedicated to her and I will "pay forward" the gifts she gave me to your children.