Family Health West Therapists Receive National Award

Work Recognized For Persons With Severe Disabilities 

Fruita, CO – In November, three Family Health West (FHW) therapists received a national award for programming they developed to support communication, mobility, and the ability to participate in community activities for children who use augmentative communication. Those therapists are Anouk Kincaid, Physical Therapist, Michelle Raymond, Speech Language Pathologist, and Missy Orton-Combs, Occupational Therapist.

“Receiving national recognition is not why our therapists do what they do. They are improving the lives of children because it’s the core of who they are,” Dr. Korrey Klein, FHW Chief Executive Officer said. “Their heart and passion for promoting the individual growth and development in disabled children is a calling and we are grateful to have such a robust pediatric rehabilitation program here at Family Health West. The national award recognizes the impact our amazing therapists have on the lives of our children, especially those who often need it the most in our local community.”

L to R: Missy Orton-Combs, Michelle Raymond, and Anouk Kincaid.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC). The McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence (MYAPE) is chosen on an annual basis and honors a team that exemplifies high-quality professional services to individuals with severe disabilities. MYAPE was named after Drs. James McLean and David Yoder, preeminent research scientists in the area of communication and intellectual disability. Award nominations are judged according to the NJC’s indicators specific to communication assessment, goal setting, and program implementation.

“We are very proud to receive this national recognition,” Missy said. “It is humbling!”

The other therapists echoed Missy’s sentiment.

For more information about FHW Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic, visit: https://fhw.org/services/pediatric-rehab/.

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 223,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. For more information, visit: https://www.asha.org/.

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