I've been working with students in Zürich since 2014, but I'm originally from Oklahoma, USA. I received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I have experience working with individuals of all ages struggling with various communication disorders such as, articulation, phonological, and language disorders, autism, apraxia of speech, and accent reduction.
When working with children, I've found that early identification and intervention provide them with the best opportunity for success and I always encourage parents to be involved in the therapy process.
When working with individuals on neutralizing their accent, I believe that practice, flexibility, and an openness between clinician and client greatly enhance the therapeutic experience and facilitate quicker results. Therapy for all individuals should be unique, precise, and thorough.
Jessica E. Gigandet M.A., CCC-SLP
Owner of Gigandet Speech & Language
I am originally from Texas, USA, but have been living in Zurich since October 2019 with my husband and two dogs. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas as well as a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Houston. I have eight years of professional teaching and Speech and Language experience with individuals from 3 years to 83 years of age. I also have a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) where I designed lessons for both pre-intermediate and intermediate level individuals targeting receptive and productive skills, a variety of language systems, and pronunciation as well as completing 120 hours of in-person teaching.
My background spans experience across all facets of speech language pathology disorder diagnosis and treatment. From assessing patient conditions and developing appropriate therapies to monitoring progress and maintaining detailed records, I believe open communication between the clinician and the client is paramount.
I approach each individual’s needs with patience and compassion and have a deep understanding that everyone learns in various ways and at different paces. I organically adapt each lesson to each individual’s specific needs while maintaining engagement and motivation.
My husband and I have a 5-year-old Bernese Mountain dog named Carl who was in training to become a therapy dog in the USA before we moved as well as a 5-month-old Newfoundland puppy named Steve, both of whom are willing to attend therapy sessions as well