Our Story

Debbie and Jerica founded Technically Speaking to assist families and individuals with complex communication needs.  Throughout the years, they have seen the difficulties faced by those who use AAC and the limited training opportunities available to families.  Technically Speaking is determined to change this, and provide families and schools with the training that is essential to successfully implement life-changing AAC systems across an individual’s day.

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Debbie Patterson

 MA CCC-SLP

Debbie has over 10 years of professional experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist. She initially provided therapy for clients in private practice where she discovered her passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. She then began working in a local school district with students with moderate to severe communication disorders associated with a variety of diagnoses such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Apraxia.

For the last 4 years, Debbie has served as an AAC Specialist in a public school setting where she worked with students and adults, 3-21 years of age, with complex communication needs. She is certified by the Southern California Diagnostic Center in AAC Assessment. She has expertise in providing thorough AAC assessments, high and low tech AAC intervention, use of core vocabulary systems within various settings, and providing  on-going assessments to determine the most efficient and effective communication systems for individuals.  Debbie has training and experience with a variety of high tech communication devices such as TobiiDynaVox, Saltillo, and Prentke Romich Company (PRC). She is also well versed in iPad communication applications such as Touch Chat, Proloquo2go, GoTalk Now, Snap+ Core First. Her expertise also includes working with children who use various access methods such as direct selection by pointing and using eye gaze.  She remains on the cusp of cutting edge advancements in technology and practitioner advancements by attending the most current continuing education in the area of AAC.

Debbie is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license as a Speech-Language Pathologist by the state of California. She is a member of the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA). Debbie also maintains a Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. Debbie graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach earning her Bachelor’s of Arts degree and Master’s of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders.  

Debbie is married and a proud mom of one little boy.

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Jerica Montgomery MA CCC-SLP

Jerica became passionate about communicative disorders while learning sign language in high school. She received her BA in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University and her MA in Communicative Disorders from Cal State Long Beach. During her masters program, Jerica conducted research, gave lectures and produced webinars regarding the use of assistive technology with individuals with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. This research was also published in the Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology 2014, Volume 21, Number 3, pp.267-278.

Jerica has worked in local public schools for 6 years. During her time in the schools she worked with students with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and other disorders. Jerica has also done per diem work in local Skilled Nursing Facilities working with individuals suffering from strokes and other neurological impairments. In working with these populations, Jerica developed a passion for AAC and how it can be such an essential tool for anyone with complex communication needs.

For the past 3 years Jerica has served as an AAC Specialist for a  local school district and worked with students with complex communication needs from the ages of 3 to 21. She is certified by the Southern California Diagnostic Center in the area of AAC Assessment. Jerica has completed training for and had experience working with a variety of high-tech AAC devices and apps, including Saltillo, Tobii Dynavox, Proloquo2Go, and PRC. She has also had training and experience with low-tech AAC systems, including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Jerica has also had experience with a variety of access methods for AAC, including switch access, direct selection, and eye gaze.

Jerica received her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), she holds a Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential, and a license in Speech-Language Pathology from the State of California. She is a member of ASHA as well as the California Speech and Hearing Association (CHSA).

Jerica lives in San Clemente with her husband and two children.