Enhancing Communication and Quality of Life One Word at a Time!

Elaine Doerfler, MS, CCC/SLP

​Hi! My name is Elaine Doerfler, and I am the owner and founder of Connect Speech Therapy serving the West Fargo, Fargo, and surrounding North Dakota regions. I have been practicing as a speech-language pathologist for over 10 years. My husband Scott and I have four kids and 3 dogs. Our household never has a dull moment!

I have extensive experience serving the toddler to geriatric populations and am passionate about ensuring every individual is able to communicate to their furthest potential.

I received my Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I am licensed in North Dakota and maintain my Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

At Connect Speech Therapy, we enhance communication and quality of life one word at a time!

Speech Services

Pediatric Evaluations and Therapy Sessions

We provide individualized speech therapy to the pediatric population. Our areas of expertise include Speech Sound Disorders, Language Disorders, Autism, and more!

  • Proven Approaches Used

  • Play-Based Therapy

  • Traditional Articulation Therapy

  • Phonological Processes

Adult Evaluations and Therapy Sessions

Regaining Independence and Quality of Life

We provide individualized therapy to adults in various stages of life. Our specialties include Aphasia, Dysphagia, Parkinson's Disease, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, and more!

Partnering with Local Schools

At Connect Speech Therapy, we understand the importance of kids receiving high-quality speech services in the school setting. If you are a school located in North Dakota and are in need of speech pathology services, please contact us for more information!


My husband Scott and I have been blessed with four children and three dogs. Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in our household! As a mother of a child with special needs, I am very familiar with the emotional and physical demands of caring for an individual with a disability.

My experience allows me to effectively partner with families to ensure that I am helping their loved one communicate to his/her highest potential, thus enhancing quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out a few of the most common questions I have received from clients. Hopefully, you can find the answer you’re looking for. If you can’t, please let me know and I’ll get you the information you need as soon as possible.

What is an SLP?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) diagnoses and treats speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

How are services provided?

We begin with a phone consultation during which parents share their concerns with the SLP. You may schedule an evaluation with us or provide the SLP with a recent evaluation report. If therapy is warranted, a weekly schedule of in-person or teletherapy sessions will be arranged.

What does CCC mean?

The Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is a nationally recognized credential for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Extensively trained and dedicated to improving lives, ASHA-certified professionals are committed to excellence and adhere to the highest ethical standards. Only those who complete a rigorous academic program, pass a national examination, and pursue continuing education are eligible to be ASHA-certified.

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