Bridge Speech Therapy
Bridging the gap in speech, language, and literacy skills for children of all ages
At Bridge Speech Therapy, we are committed to helping children bridge the gap between speech, language, and literacy skills in their most convenient setting. We know that every child is unique, and it is our mission to identify strengths, address communication challenges, and work alongside parents and teachers to attain meaningful goals.
Our private practice is uniquely positioned within the community to offer services that suit each family's needs. We work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and professionals within Pinellas County to treat the whole child. Everything we work on in therapy supports what the child is doing at home and in the classroom.
We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and literacy disorders for children of all ages--including in-depth evaluations for reading disorders and dyslexia.
We combine evidence-based approaches with engaging activities to provide individualized therapy to every child we serve.
LOCATION OF SERVICES
We are available to meet in your home for therapy. Our home-based services make therapy accessible for everyone, either in person or over teletherapy. No need to add more commute time into your schedule!
We offer individual therapy services at our clinic, conveniently located in NE St. Petersburg. Our family-friendly clinic space is thoughtfully organized to facilitate your child’s engagement, focus, and learning!
We work collaboratively within preschool and private school settings to provide therapy specific to your child's needs and goals. We communicate with parents through emails, phone calls, and notebook entries so that you are always aware of your child's progress.
MEET OUR TEAM
Cara Bridge, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech Pathologist
I am a nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) with over 18 years of experience assessing and treating communication disorders in a variety of settings. I earned my B.S degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida State University, and my M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of South Florida.
After years of working in schools, private clinics, and early childhood centers, I founded Bridge Speech Therapy to build a more collaborative model of therapy within the community. I believe that children thrive when all of the adults on their support team have a shared vision, and I am proud to work within that philosophy.
In the past several years I have dedicated my professional development time to the fascinating area of literacy. I am fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess and treat all areas of language and literacy disorders. I utilize a whole child approach, focusing treatment on the individual child's deficits, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
My husband and I are both St. Pete natives, and we have three amazing children (ages 11, 9, and 4). On the weekends, you can usually find us at the baseball or soccer field watching our children play. We enjoy swimming, biking, and camping together as a family.
Jessica Stofan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Jessica Stofan received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Florida.
Jessica enjoys working with preschool and school-age children with speech sound disorders. In her free time, she can usually be found at some sort of ball field watching her children do what they love.
Krysti James, M.S., CCC-SLP
Krysti is a New England native that fell in love with Florida while studying at Nova Southeastern, where she earned her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
She has been a speech therapist for over 16 years and has experience working in public and private schools and daycares and providing in-home therapy. She loves collaborating with teachers and families to help children succeed in their learning and living environments. She also enjoys working with the adult population in the nursing home settings.
Krysti has one darling daughter. She and her husband enjoy taking her to explore the many fabulous parks in the area.
Christie Hollis, M.S., CCC-SLP
Christie grew up in New York and then South Florida and attended the University of Florida. After college, she worked for the Lindamood Bell Center, where she then decided to pursue her her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Florida Atlantic University.
She has been practicing in the field for over 3 years and has experience working in the clinic setting with a wide range of client needs. Christie's greatest interests are in the areas of language and literacy.
She and her husband reside in St. Pete and love all that the area has to offer.
Click here to schedule a free phone consultation with Cara Bridge. During the call, we will discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and make a recommendation for the next steps.
Services will begin with an in-depth evaluation, which will reveal your child’s areas of strength and support needs. This process allows us to create an individualized plan with targeted therapy goals.
Following the evaluation, we will schedule your child’s therapy sessions at a time and in the setting that works best for you! Recommended session frequency will vary and is based on your child’s goals.
Bridge Speech Therapy is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care by focusing our time during therapy on the client, rather than on the paperwork necessary to accept insurance. Therefore, we do not bill any insurance companies directly or act as a participating provider for any insurance plans. We will provide clients a statement of services suitable for submission to your insurance company should you choose to request reimbursement.
We are an approved direct pay provider for the Family Empowerment Scholarship (formerly the Gardiner Scholarship). Contact us to learn more about FES-UA.