Sydni Arnold, CCC-SLP
I am a speech-language pathologist born and raised in South-Eastern Idaho. Growing up, I felt a natural connection to people with special needs. I started working at the age of 15 and since then I have worked providing care to individuals with special needs in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. Helping people communicate their wants and needs, understand new concepts, improving their social skills, and watching them grow as they learn to read are a few of the things that I find rewarding in my career.
After graduating with my master’s degree from Idaho State University, I volunteered in Haiti with a medical group assisting children and adults in the area of communication and helped develop a lasting program at the medical facility. I dream of going back to do more volunteer work!
Living near Yellowstone and Teton National Park allows me to pursue my hobbies of outdoor adventures frequently, both in the sun and the snow. I also enjoy a binge-worthy tv show while snuggling with my husband, two dogs, and cat.
Initial evaluation cost:
- Oral Motor/ Articulation Evaluation: $300
- Language/Reading/Pragmatic Evaluation: $450
- Fluency/Stuttering Evaluation: $400
- Comprehensive Articulation and Language Evaluation: $550
- $100 for 30 minute session (sessions are 25 minutes with 5 minutes of parent/teacher communication)
- $140 for 45 minute session (sessions are 40 minutes with 5 minutes of parent/teacher communication)
- Professional Letters (doctors, school, insurance company, etc): $40 per letter
- Parent-Clinician Phone Call: $140 per hour
- Conference with other Medical or Therapeutic Service Providers: $140 per hour
Average length of service:
- Evaluation: 45 minutes – 3 hours, depending on type of evaluation
- Treatment: 30-45 minutes depending on severity of disorder and schedule
What Speech Language Pathologists Can Do For You:
Speech-Language Therapists evaluate and treat a variety of communication disorders. These disorders include the following:
- Articulation: difficulty forming words due to poor motor planning, structural impairments such as cleft palate or surgery, and sensory disorders due to hearing loss.
- Receptive language disorders: difficulty understanding or comprehending oral and written language. This includes challenges following directions, learning new vocabulary words, and comprehension of written material.
- Expressive language disorders: difficulty with expressing selves. These difficulties may be due to, but not limited to, limited vocabulary, syntax, and sentence structure.
- Reading disorders: difficulties with phonemic and phonological awareness, blending words, and overall reading comprehension.
- Pragmatic disorder: Difficulty initiating and maintaining conversations, problem solving, and understanding context clues in social environments.
- Fluency disorders: difficulty expressing oneself due to stuttering or cluttering, which disrupts the natural rhythm and flow of speech.
Who can benefit from speech and/or language therapy?
Speech/language therapy can benefit a variety of individuals with the following disorders/disabilities/delays:
- Progressive Neurological Disorders
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Social pragmatic
- General reading disorder and dyslexia
- Articulation impairments, including Apraxia of Speech
- Cognitive-communication impairments (i.e. brain injuries, strokes)
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Social Emotional Impairments
Speech/language therapy can also benefit individuals who wish to change their voice, resonance, or patterns for the following reasons:
- Accent modification (reducing strong accents)
- Voice and Communication Change for Transgender/Gender Diverse Individuals