About Encouraging Expression


Encouraging Expression Speech & Language Services, PLLC is a private practice providing home-based speech therapy services in the Benzie County area.

Nicole face shotNicole Bates is the owner and Speech-Language Pathologist for Encouraging Expression. She is licensed in Michigan and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Nicole has nine years of clinical experience in a variety of settings. She earned both her bachelor of Communication Disorders and her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Northern Michigan University. Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned the outstanding undergraduate as well as the outstanding graduate awards in 2000 and 2002 respectively.

Experienced with strategies such as sign language and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Nicole specializes in working with children on pre-verbal and non-verbal communication skills as well as early literacy, social communication skills, and correcting phonological processing errors through child-directed and play-based therapy. Adult referrals are also welcome.

Nicole lives in Benzie County with her family. Call or e-mail today for a free consultation!
(231) 930-7585 • EncouragingExpression@gmail.com

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