Sonya Brooks, MA, CCC-L/SLP
Owner/CEO of Hope Therapy Center
Sonya received dual Bachelor’s degrees in 1995 in the fields of Speech Pathology and Child Life and Family Studies from Louisiana Tech University. She went on to attain a Master’s degree in 1997 in the field of Communication Disorders from University of Louisiana: Monroe. She has maintained both ASHA and Louisiana certification since graduation. Since then, Sonya has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab, home health, early childhood intervention, long-term acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and hospital acute care. She has served as clinical supervisor for many graduate students entering the field of Speech-language Pathology.
Her areas of interest are varied and reflected in her pursuit of continuing education and certification. She has earned 4 ASHA ACEs which are awarded to those therapists with an exceptional commitment to continuing education. Advanced training and Certifications include: Hanen certification to teach the programs “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words”, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment, SCERTS comprehensive approach for autism spectrum disorders, Orofacial Myology, Certified in VitalStim Therapy and Advanced VitalStim approaches, Deep-Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation for Swallowing Intervention, Jay Rosenbeck’s Treatment of Dysarthia and Apraxia of Speech, Michael Crary’s Treating Adult Dysphagia, Myofascial Release: Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management, Blom-Singer Post-Laryngectomy and Voice Restoration Systems, Evaluation and Management of Head and Neck Lymphedema, Voice therapy and Physiotherapy for the Professional Voice and Vocal Abuse Disorders, Certified Fluency master, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), MNRI: Visual and Auditory Reflexes Integration, MNRI: Dynamic and Postural Reflex Pattern Integration, PROMPT intervention for Apraxia, TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: Sensory Motor Approach, and FEEs (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing).
In addition to working with the patient, Sonya focuses on educating parents and caregivers on how to integrate and maximize skills in daily routines. She believes that therapy is a partnership and that caregivers are the primary advocates and educators for their loved ones. She emphasizes that “learning is not isolated to the therapy session and must continue in the home or natural setting.”
In her time away from the clinic, Sonya and her husband Stacey, enjoy traveling to the mountains to hike and going to concerts. They also enjoy home improvement projects and seem to be constantly in the middle of one!