About Speech First Therapy Services


Speech First Therapy Services developed from the simple concept that speech therapy is the first service a parent is likely to seek for the needs of a young child.  


As such, speech-language pathologists (speech therapists) associated with Speech First Therapy Services know that they must each interact with and view speech therapy clients with “broader eyes" – eyes that help families to see and address the total needs of the child, not only in the area of speech and language communication, but also in other child-based areas of functioning for motor, social, self-help, and cognitive needs as well.


Although we begin with speech first, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) at Speech First Therapy Services are ready to support clients and their families for the fullest possible benefit of all children served.

Our Therapists

Debra’s credentials include the following:


  • Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral Degrees in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Master Degree in Early Childhood Education

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) &  Member - American Speech-Language Hearing Association

  • Georgia License in Speech-Language Pathology

  • Georgia Teacher, Service, and Leadership Certificates in Early Childhood Education, Speech-Language Pathology, and Special Education Leadership

  • VitalStim Swallowing Management Certification

  • Training in reading and pre-reading, including training in Montessori Early Child Classrooms

  • Developed Parent University, a state-wide parenting program for Georgia Department of Education

  • Former:  Director, West Georgia Pre-K Program, West Georgia RESA; Director, Speech-Language Pathology Programs, University of West Georgia; Speech/Hearing Consultant, Atlanta Public Schools

  • Diagnostic therapist for Babies Can’t Wait; Speech Therapist for numerous speech therapy contracts

  • Author: Here’s How to Do Therapy: Hands-On Core Skills in Speech-Language Pathology (2nd ed.)

Speech First Therapy Services is staffed and managed by Dr. Debra Dwight, a nationally certified and Georgia licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.


Dr. Dwight has accrued more than 30 years of experience in serving children in Head Start Centers, Day Care Centers, in Homes, and in Public and Private Schools.