Kayla Knebel
  • Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)​

  • Licensed by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau, #SP15537

  • Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Kayla Knebel is a speech and language pathologist driven to improve the lives of others through communication.  A skilled diagnostician, Kayla takes into account the whole person in order to assess the most functional approach to improving communication.  Kayla believes as communication improves, other aspects of a person’s life can only be improved including behavior, social skills and ability to gain access to school curriculum or functional life skills.  Kayla obtained her bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Arizona State University and her Master’s in Communication Disorders from San Diego State University.  


Since then she has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, in-home providing early intervention, hospitals, and rehabilitative settings as well as a low-income clinic.  Her passion, however, lies in serving students and adults in the school setting, particularly for those affected by Autism.  Through her experiences with San Jose Unified school district as well as non-public Schools for behaviorally challenged students, Kayla has honed her skills not only as an SLP with expertise in behavioral challenges and AAC systems but as an advocate for students and adults who may not have found success in traditional settings.  Kayla sees the potential in all of her clients and doesn’t let a label or disability limit their capabilities.  Kayla’s expertise in the areas of public as well as non-public settings allows her to assist parents in navigating the confusing paths of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  


Kayla has also benefited from collaborating with a wide variety of specialists on the IEP team, from Occupational Therapists and Board Certified Behavioral Analysts to Music Therapists and Mental Health Professionals.  Witnessing the shortage of quality SLPs in the school setting is what drove Kayla to create Simply Speaking in order to provide premier speech and language services to the populations that need it most.