Piera Willner has been a pediatric speech language pathologist since 2005. Her undergraduate degree in Linguistics was earned at UC Davis and she completed her Master’s in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Oregon. After working in the Bay Area at the beginning of her career, she returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 to live in Seattle. Piera has owned her own practice, co-treated with occupational and physical therapists, worked for private practices and non-profits, all while providing early intervention and therapy services to children 18-months to 12-years-old with a variety of communication challenges.
Piera provides children with ample opportunities to attain their highest communication potential, using a family-centered, collaborative, caring, playful, and multisensory approach. She has a distinct passion for partnering and empowering parents and caregivers to engage in activities that promote strong communication skills and is a certified parent educator of Positive Discipline and the Hanen Centre courses, It Takes Two To Talk®, More Than Words®, and Talkability™. Piera has taught a variety of parent education courses, including teaching parents of infants and toddlers how to use gestural communication, or baby sign language, with their little ones before they can talk, and courses on how to support language and social-emotional development for children with speech and language delays and those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Piera has training in PROMPT (Prompts forRestructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Wired for Reading (a treatment for people with Dyslexia), the SCERTS® Model (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support), and DIR/Floortime (Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based model).
Piera M. Willner, MS, CCC-SLP