Tonya Hayes, SLP-A Education & Marketing Liaison

  • Tonya is a Speech Language Therapy Assistant and the Educational and Marketing Liaison at Sprout Pediatrics. She graduated from Columbia College with a Speech Therapy degree in 1990 and later received a Master’s of Education, with an emphasis in Preschool Education, from the University of South Carolina in 1992.  Tonya worked as a Speech Therapist in the School Districts of Kershaw County and Fairfield County.  She has worked as a Parent Trainer for the SC School for the Deaf and Blind and was the Director of  Parent Education and Family Literacy in the School District of Fairfield County.  Tonya has also worked for Lexington-Richland 5 School District as a Speech Therapist in the Elementary Autism program.  Recently Tonya has completed the Beckmann Oral Motor Assessment & Intervention Conference and two classes offered by Talk Tools on Oral Placement Therapy for Speech Clarity and Feeding Skills & Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach.  She also actively participates in a local SLP Think Tank.

    Tonya’s passion for education has always been present as she served as a state ECD trainer in the First Steps program as well as a faculty member in the Early Childhood Education at Midlands Technical College.  Tonya has written numerous parenting articles for ParentLife, 30 Second Mom, and was a guest on the Wee Hands Blog Talk Radio cast. While each of these opportunities have developed her professional knowledge, it was her experiences with preschoolers and children with sensory processing disorder and Autism that most impacted her desire to work in the pediatric arena.  As a Pediatric therapist and parent educator, she feels she gets to help parents learn to replicate therapy strategies in an organic setting that creates solid learning for a bright future.  Tonya says, “As parents are empowered to help their children, progress is exponential!” She shares she is “genuinely in awe of her clients and how hard they work each week and is blessed to get to not only change their world, but their family’s as they accomplish and grow and develop necessary skills for a future full of hope.”

    Tonya is happily married to Jay for over 22 years and they have two sons, Bryson, who is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of South Carolina and Garrett, who is finishing High School at Dutch Fork High.  They are active members of Riverland Hills Baptist Church and enjoy leading a couples Bible Study on marriage and family.  She enjoys family time, traveling and scrap booking!

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Sprout Pediatrics exists to cultivate hope in children and their families for a full life experience by surrounding them with innovative therapy, education and connection within their community.
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