PICSL Therapy is committed to providing personalized, inclusive, and collaborative speech and language therapy services to individuals of all ages. Ethics and values are the foundation of all therapeutic decisions to ensure neurodiversity-affirming practices. It is our mission to help you and your loved ones communicate effectively and connect deeply. We offer therapy services in your home, at local community locations, and online-- wherever it works best for you.
In-person therapy is limited to the Las Vegas Valley area. Online therapy services are offered to residents of Nevada & California.
SPEECH SOUND DISORDERS • CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH • STUTTERING
We help our clients learn new speech sounds, refine their speech sound accuracy, increase their overall intelligibility, and use more fluent speech patterns during engaging practice activities. Our collaborative therapy approach gets caregivers, teachers, and family members involved in order to support speech at home and school!
LATE TALKERS • RECEPTIVE & EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE •
GESTALT LANGUAGE PROCESSORS •
SOCIAL SELF ADVOCACY
We use motivating activities and targeted language tasks to help our clients effectively communicate with others. We specialize in natural language acquisition, but also support all language domains, including written and spoken language skills for comprehension, expression, and social advocacy.
ATTENTION & MEMORY • PROBLEM SOLVING & REASONING • SELF-AWARENESS & REGULATION
Executive functioning skills are foundational to social and academic success. We use evidence-based strategies to help our clients develop or recover essential cognitive skills like attention, memory, organization, problem solving, and self advocacy.
AUGMENTATIVE & ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION • NO TECH • LIGHT TECH • HIGH TECH • CAREGIVER COACHING
AAC for All Ages
We support and respect all forms of communication. Taking a whole-communication approach, we introduce custom no tech, light tech, and/or high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems to meet each individual's needs.
Nicole Onas, M.S., CCC-SLP
Owner, Speech-Language Pathologist
I am a passionate speech-language pathologist specializing in natural language acquisition and have over 15 years of experience working with individuals from infancy into adulthood. I began my career as a speech-language pathology assistant and eventually earned my master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from Chapman University to become a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist in Nevada and California . I have my Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and am a three time recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE), a formal recognition for demonstrating commitment to lifelong learning by earning 70 continuing education hours within a 3-year period.
My professional experience has ranged from private practice to the local school districts, so I am equipped to help individuals of all ages improve their speech sounds, language skills, social awareness and advocacy skills, feeding abilities, fluency, and cognitive skills. Over the years, I have developed a deep and continuously growing passion for AAC therapy and providing trauma informed and neurodiversity affirming care.
I view therapy as a partnership between a client, therapist, and family. I believe that including my clients and/or caregivers in the decisions regarding their sessions is vital to their progress and growth. I also believe that coaching and counseling are vital elements of therapy, and that these services require strong connections with a client’s support team. Therapy can be so successful if it is founded on a relationship of trust and tailored to each individual’s needs.
I am passionate about what I do and am always learning and adapting to the changes in my field. Along with taking professional courses and trainings, I have had the honor of supervising speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), mentoring clinical fellows, and training teachers, parents, and school staff members in AAC, data collection, and methods for supporting children with communication challenges.
I am a wife to a very supportive husband and am also a fur baby mama. I am known to have a cup of coffee, tea, or boba in my hand at all times! I love to karaoke and spend time with my extended family and friends. On the weekends, my husband and I often escape to enjoy some dispersed camping or to eat our way across the Las Vegas strip. I look forward to getting to know more about you and your family!
Advanced Trainings & Certifications
Nationally Certified - Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from ASHA
Licensed to practice in the states of California and Nevada
Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Trained Clinician through Meaningful Speech
Member of California Speech-Language Hearing Association (CSHA)
Member of Nevada Speech Hearing Association (NSHA)
“When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
-Alexander Den Heijer
Getting started with PICSL Therapy is easy!
Contact us for a complimentary consultation which takes place via phone or video call. We will discuss your concerns and address any questions you may have to determine whether a communication evaluation would be beneficial. If we decide to move forward, an evaluation session will be scheduled at a date and time that works best for you.
A dynamic assessment is administered by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. An assessment report will be written that will include formal and informal assessment tools, background history, and observations to develop a comprehensive picture of each client's strengths and challenges. Recommendations based on the analysis of the assessment results will be reviewed.
If therapy is recommended, we will develop a plan of care and discuss our treatment goals with you and/or caregivers. Sessions may be conducted in-person or via telepractice depending on your individual needs and location. Data is collected every session to monitor progress as well as plan for the next session. Therapy is collaborative so caregivers are encouraged to participate!
Our convenient service locations
Our in-home services allow for speech therapy to take place in your most natural environment. We travel to homes throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
Therapy services may take place at a mutually convenient location in the Las Vegas area, including local libraries, parks, daycare centers, private schools, and charter schools.
We serve residents of Nevada and California via telepractice. This is a flexible therapy option for families that live outside of our travel radius.
Thank you Nicole for the joy, peace, and understanding you brought into our home. Prior to our therapy sessions with Nicole, our daughter struggled to consistently find her voice with strangers and therapists. Day 1 brought tears to our eyes as we watched our daughter bond, and engage in back and forth conversation with Nicole about her interests. Each session was impactful for our child, she looked forward to seeing “Nice” (her personal nickname for Nicole), because she felt safe, heard, and accepted. Due to some unforeseen circumstances we had to stop our sessions but we continue to see the value in our decision to have Nicole come to our home and share gestalt strategies with us to assist our daughter with her expressive language.
- T.L. (parent of client), Nevada, Sept. 2022 -