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About Speech Matters

Providing the Key to Your Communication Success


Speech Matters, LLC. was founded in 2008 by Jacqueline Paterson, a speech language pathologist who has dedicated her life to enhancing communication for people of all ages and cultures.

Our company was founded on the belief that communication is power, and is also the gateway to creating the life one aspires to reach. At Speech Matters, we treat the whole person, not only their communication difficulties. Whether you are experiencing difficulties in speech, language or learning, our goal is to improve communication skills, enhance language and empower people to express themselves to the greatest extent possible.

Services are provided in a knowledgeable, supportive and compassionate manner. We are invested in your progress, encourage family members to be involved in therapy and offer three decades of experience

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline Paterson has 30 years of experience as a speech language pathologist, having worked locally and overseas with multiple ethnic populations. She is passionately devoted to her career and cannot imagine life as anything but a speech language pathologist. For her, communication is the most important aspect of being a human, distinguishing us from all other forms of life.

Jackie Paterson has a wide breadth of experience working with all age groups, ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has treated a broad spectrum of speech, language, learning and swallowing disorders, and has also enjoyed enhancing communication skills with foreign accent modification.

In 1988, Ms. Paterson became licensed by the Maryland Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and was also awarded the Certificate of Clinical Competency, from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has consistently met rigorous ongoing educational requirements to maintain both her ASHA certification and Maryland state licensure.

Certifications & Credentials

  • License to practice in Maryland

  • National certification by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

  • Member of Maryland Speech Language and Hearing Association (MSHA)

  • Member of the American Academy of Private Practice Speech Pathologists and Audiologists (AAPPSPA)

  • Certified to provide telepractice services via HIPAA compliant platforms

  • 2005 International Health Professional of the Year nominee

  • PROMPT: Level 1

  • Compton P-ESL


We work closely with schools, community groups, learning centers, state agencies and physicians in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to ensure children, teenagers and adults are fully supported with their communication needs. We take pride in the relationships we’ve built over the years and love receiving great referrals for speech therapy services. Speech Matters is successful because of our collaborative efforts.

Over the years we’ve worked with:

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We empower people to express themselves and find the voice inside. Let’s get started on your journey.