Melissa Peters M.S., CCC-SLP received her Bachelor of Science degree from George Washington University and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.

Upon moving to Los Angeles, Melissa saw there was a need for evidence-based in-home therapy, specifically therapy focusing on feeding/swallowing.  She began Speak Live Play, Los Angeles, in 2015 which has grown to a multidisciplinary practice serving infants-adults.  Her practice has helped over 200 families in Los Angeles.

Melissa’s extensive clinical experience varies from schools to private practice to hospitals where she has extensive experience treating adults and pediatric clients. In the school, clinic, and private practice setting, Melissa developed pokebud foundational skills evaluating and treating pediatric clients in speech, language, literacy, and feeding disorders.

Melissa specializes in children with complex medical and neurological diagnoses including Down Syndrome, Turner Syndrome, Nemaline Myopathy, childhood multiple sclerosis, Angelman syndrome, William’s Syndrome, and Fragile X Syndrome. She has experience with infant feeding disorders, in the NICU and outpatient setting.

In the medical setting, Melissa has extensive experience in the treatment and identification of swallowing and feeding disorders. Melissa has experience working with adults post-stroke, TBI, tracheostomy, or other acquired neurological diagnoses. She actively completes effective instrumental exams to assist in diagnosing dysphagia including Modified Barium Swallow Studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing.

Melissa’s therapeutic philosophy is individual, evidence-based practice to help children and adults reach their fullest communicative potential and nutritional needs.

She is passionate about her field of work and loves finding ways to make therapy enjoyable and functional for her clients of all ages!

Melissa’s Trainings and Experiences Include:
 Catherine Shaker’s NICU Swallowing and Feeding
 Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s Talk Tools Therapy
 Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding
 DIR-Floortime Approach
 Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Program
 Passy Muir Valve/Tracheostomy Training
 Modified Barium Swallow
 Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing