SARAH MCKIM THOMAS
Sarah McKim Thomas earned her BA in Linguistic Anthropology from Brown University in 2005 and later went on to earn her MA in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Kansas in 2012, where she received intensive and specialized training in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Through her varied work experiences – including providing services in homes, schools, tutoring centers, and private practice clinics – she has developed a particular passion for working with teenagers and young adults as well as individuals of all ages with significant support needs.
Sarah is currently a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), Northwest Augmentative Communications Society (NWACS), and International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC). She is an enthusiastic lifelong learner and continuously seeks out professional development opportunities, earning the ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE) multiple times.
Sarah has received specialized training and has done extensive professional development in the following areas:
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC):
low-tech and high-tech AAC systems, emerging and early communicators of all ages, literacy instruction for individuals with complex communication needs, communication partner training
Supporting Autistic and Neurodiverse Communicators:
Autism LevelUP, #actuallyautistic perspectives, self-advocacy and self-determination, gestalt language processing, neurodiversity-respectful pragmatic language therapy
alexithymia and emotional regulation, study and organizational skills, optimizing varied learning styles, strengths-based compensatory strategies
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys riding and training her two horses, playing tabletop and computer games with family and friends, reading everything in sight, listening to podcasts, and singing in the car.