Gay Lloyd Pinder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Gay Lloyd Pinder, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Gay Lloyd Pinder, Ph.D., is a speech language pathologist who has specialized for the past 45 years in working with infants and children with neuromuscular disorders and oral motor/feeding and communication problems associated with those disorders. Dr. Pinder received her academic degrees from Hollins University, Boston University, and the University of Washington. Dr. Pinder is a founder and continues to consult at Children’s Therapy Center in Kent, Washington, a neuromuscular center serving children birth to 18 and their families. She is a certified instructor in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and teaches courses in the United States as well as internationally. She has also been an instructor at the University of Washington in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Dr. Pinder’s awards include the University of Washington Distinguished Alumna award; Duncan Award for exceptional service for children with disabilities, their families and their communities; Washington Speech and Hearing Association Award for Clinical Achievement; and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Award of Excellence. Dr. Pinder’s therapy is child centered and family focused and is based on a holistic perspective of development. Dr. Pinder is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Washington Speech, Language and Hearing Association, National Association of the Deaf, and the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. Dr. Pinder’s research has focused on the development of early communication signals in young children with neuromuscular disorders and then on treatment efficacy in teaching those early signals to those same children. She has also worked on research projects focused on training parents and most recently on training clinicians working in homes with that same population.