Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR)

“Helping Others Find Their Voice In This World…”

~Serving our community since 2010

An Array of Services for All Ages

GSTAR provides two tiers of support…

  • We provide transdisciplinary support to individuals with developmental delays ranging from birth to three years of age through the California Early Start program
  • We also provide a full range of private speech-language pathology services to individuals of ALL ages

Why “Adaptive Resources”?

We understand and appreciate that all learners are unique and require individualized care and instruction. Therefore, our instruction of all learners is creatively adjusted or “ADAPTED” in order to enhance their learning, retention, generalization, and overall success. We recognize that the “usual and customary” educational and therapeutic support strategies do not always work for every individual. Therefore, we “ADAPT OUR APPROACH” in a manner which respects and honors each individual’s learning styles and preferences. You will not find “one size fits all” therapy here!

Private Services for All ages

Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR) provides private therapeutic services which address…

– Dysphagia treatment for individuals with feeding and/or swallowing disorders, including preterm infant feeding, cleft palate feeding, food aversion, and g-tube dependency

– Language disorder treatment, including developmental language disorders and those acquired following traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular incidents (strokes), and disease processes

– Speech disorder treatment, including developmental speech disorders and those acquired following traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular incidents, disease processes, and various structural anomalies

– Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) assistance, including sign language, picture exchange communication systems (PECS), adaptive electronic devices, etc.

– Vocal/laryngeal disorder treatment for individuals with laryngeal pathologies, including vocal nodules, polyps, vocal hyper-function, vocal hypo-function

– Vocal/laryngeal disorder treatment for laryngectomees utilizing TEP prostheses and other assistive devices

Early Start Services

Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR) also provides educational and therapeutic support services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays, or who are determined to be “at risk” for developmental delays, and are eligible for the California Early Start program.

To find out more about the California Early Start program and/or to make a referral, please visit http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart or www.tri-counties.org (select “Services & Supports” and then “Early Start Services”). You may also call GSTAR at 805-286-8508 for more information about the program and the referral process.


We serve all infants and toddlers exclusively in “natural environments” and use “natural objects” found within the infant or toddler’s home, daycare and preschool environment. It is of key importance that we creatively “ADAPT” the use of the toys, objects, and other materials already present within the home, daycare, or preschool environment as our primary tools by which we facilitate instruction. The materials found within the home, preschool, and daycare environment remain with the infant or toddler all day and every day, thereby providing countless opportunities to practice their new skills with those same items. If we remove those items after a session, we have greatly reduced the infant or toddler’s opportunity to practice. What is in “YOUR home” and in “YOUR toy-box” is far more “important and meaningful” to your child’s development than any fancy toy or special “toy bag” using an old, outdated model of early intervention.

Please watch the following video to learn more about the differences between outdated models of early intervention versus the “routines-based intervention” model used by GSTAR team members…

Our Philosophy is Our Driving Force

We provide all our professional services in the home setting to help promote immediate generalization of new skills. Our services are provided throughout San Luis Obispo county. Our model of intervention places a strong focus on facilitating the full involvement and active participation of parents, family, caregivers, and/or teachers during each and every intervention visit. We strive to put these key players in the driver’s seat of intervention and serve to facilitate the growth of their knowledge base about infant/toddler development and also facilitate improvement in their confidence at applying newly learned skills and strategies.

Research continues to bear out time and again that parents, family members, caregivers, and/or teachers who feel competent, knowledgeable, and confident in their ability to support an infant’s or toddler’s development achieve far greater gains than any educator or therapist could ever hope to achieve in one or two visits per week. Following this line of evidence-based practice, we employ the use of “routines-based intervention” (RBI) as a means for further facilitating meaningful learning opportunities for an infant or toddler.


We Come to You!

We provide all our professional services in the home setting to help promote immediate generalization of new skills. Our services are provided throughout San Luis Obispo county. Call for more details!

“I can’t believe our therapist came to us! I can’t tell you what a relief it was to have services provided in our home and not have the inconvenience of rushing around and trucking our family around in the process…”

Meet the GSTAR family!

We do what we love and we love what we do…

Lesley A. Goodman, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner/Director of GSTAR

Kathy Benedict, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Hayley Christiansen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Julie Hitchcock, M.A., Spec. Ed.
Special Education Teacher(Mod./Sev. Disabilities)
Early Intervention Specialist

Emily Hughes, B.S., CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Early Intervention Specialist

Danielle Levy, B.S.
Early Intervention Specialist

Pam McLaughlin, M.A., CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist
Early Intervention Specialist

Shelly Paton, M.S., OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Devon Ruane, M.S., P.T.
Physical Therapist

Cindy Rugh, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy Tuller, B.A.
Early Intervention Specialist
Administrative Assistant

Maurya Zepeda, B.A.
Early Intervention Specialist

Why Wait? Don’t Hesitate! Call Today…

Call us today at 805-286-8508

or email us at goodman.gstar@gmail.com

for more information and to schedule a consultation.

Let us put your mind at ease and answer all of your pressing questions and concerns.
(No commitment or contract to sign.)

We are here for you and happy to help!

Want to join the GSTAR team?

Join the family of GSTAR professionals… we are always looking for great talent and energetic, self-driven individuals.

Now hiring for:
Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist
Speech-Language Pathologist
Early Intervention/Child Development Specialist
Certified Child Life Specialist

Call Lesley A. Goodman today to inquire about our available positions and learn more about our benefits and team philosophy…

Goodman Speech Therapy & Adaptive Resources (GSTAR) provides a benefit package which includes:

Paid Time Off
Paid Holidays
Paid Mileage
Paid Driving Time
Paid Case Management Time
Paid Report Writing Time
Discretionary Paid Trainings
Office Supplies Off-set
Workers Compensation Insurance
Unemployment Insurance
Extremely Flexible Hours/Scheduling

… not to mention the great job satisfaction that comes with working for a company which respects your needs as an individual.

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