Daniel (Danny) Miller- Department Director MS, MA, CCC-SLP
Languages spoken: English, Japanese
A graduate of Purdue University in Indiana, Danny moved to Washington state after receiving a Master of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. He has experience working with children who have a variety of communication difficulties, including stuttering, articulation/phonology, receptive/expressive language, and difficulty with social skills. In the summer of 2013 he completed an internship at the Craniofacial Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where he developed his clinical skills in working with children who have resonance and articulation disorders related to cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Danny also has experience working with children who stutter. He believes in a holistic approach to stuttering treatment, working to help children increase fluency as well as manage anxiety, peer relationships, and emotional issues related to stuttering.
Danny received a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2006. He enjoys traveling, and has lived in several places across the United States, including Kentucky, Florida, and Hawai’i. He has also lived abroad, spending time in Canada and in Japan, where he learned to speak Japanese. In his spare time, Danny enjoys hiking/backpacking and playing card and board games
Abbie Parris MS, CCC-SLP
Languages spoken: English
Abbie completed Bachelor degrees in Linguistics and Speech and Hearing Science before receiving her Master’s in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington in 2011.
Abbie has worked in local clinics, providing services for children with a variety of communication difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, motor speech impairment and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Receptive and Expressive Language delay, cognitive communication disorders, social skills, and reading impairment. She is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Motor Phonetic Targets), the DIR/Floortime approach, “Social Thinking,” and the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). Abbie believes in tailoring therapy to the individual and using a child’s strengths and interests to maximize progress in therapy.
Shu-Sheng (David) Liao, MA, CCC-SLP
Languages spoken: English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish
David completed his undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa, then his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois in 2015. He has worked in a school district and a private practice focusing on the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, motor speech impairment and childhood apraxia of speech, receptive and expressive language delay, cognitive communication disorders, social skills, and reading impairment.
His interests lie in early language acquisition in bilingual children and children that are on the Autism Spectrum. He is trained in Hanen: More Than Words, PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Motor Phonetic Targets), and Social Thinking.
David speaks English, Mandarin and Spanish and conducts speech therapy sessions in English or Mandarin. He is originally from Taiwan and has lived in Belize, Guatemala and the United States. In the US, he lived in Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and now Washington!
In his free time, David enjoys hiking and swimming, watching action and superhero movies, and spending time with his wife and son.
Maria Tavani MS, CCC-SLP
Languages spoken: English
Maria received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alabama after completing a Bachelor’s in Music and Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida State University. She is passionate about the importance of literacy in language development, and she has worked as a specialist in language-based reading and writing therapy for children and adolescents with dyslexia and other reading disorders. She also has experience working with children that have a variety of communication difficulties, including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, stuttering, autism, and developmental delay. Maria loves working with kids and believes therapy can be fun as they learn and develop skills for functional communication.
Maria is a new resident of the Pacific Northwest, and she enjoys exploring and having adventures outdoors with her husband. A passionate musician, she also loves playing oboe, ukulele, accordion, and piano.