Allison Parker, speech therapist, celebrates 2 years at C&FD

Monday, Jul 25, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

Happy C&FD Anniversary to Allison Parker 

Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  She is celebrating years at Child and Family Development this month.   

She loves early intervention with preschool and school aged kids and is knowledgeable about many disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Her training and experience includes a variety of disorders related to articulation, phonology, apraxia, oral motor, fluency, expressive language, receptive language, social language and developmental delays. 

A colleague shares: 

Allison is diverse and dedicated. She brings knowledge from many clinical areas to her speech therapy work with kids and teens. I always enjoy her perspective in team discussions and trainings.  Her unique background is an asset to Child and Family Development. 

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What is Speech Therapy?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 

 

Speech therapists can help with communication, eating and more. 

We provide services to children, teens and young adults with developmental, neurological and congenital impairments.  Services can be habilitative (learning a skill for the first time) or rehabilitative (becoming more proficient at a skill or relearning a skill).  We focus on improving a child's ability to interact with and enjoy his environment.  

If you notice difficulties in one or more of these areas, an evaluation and treatment may be appropriate: 

  • Articulation/ Phonemic Awareness
  • Auditory Processing 
  • Communication
  • Oral Movement for speech and eating 
  • Phonological Awareness/ Phonological Processing
  • Voice/ Fluency 

Some of our speech therapy specialty services are:

Click here for more information on the Child and Family Development speech therapists at our Charlotte and Pineville offices!

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

 

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Child & Family Development

 


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and we are celebrating with our team.  

MIDTOWN

  • Amy Elder MA CCC-SLP
  • Ann Guild MA CCC-SLP
  • Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP
  • Melinda Schatz MS CCC-SLP

PINEVILLE

  • Kristin Lyman MA CCC-SLP
  • Lisa Peterson MS CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Tolley MS CCC-SLP 

Click here for more information about the speech therapists at Child and Family Development!

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

 


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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, Kristin Lyman, Lisa Peterson

Autism: early diagnosis and intervention

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 by Child & Family Development

    April is Autism Awareness Month! 

Allison Parker MA CCC-SLP is a speech therapist at Child and Family Development and works at our Midtown office.  She works with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and recently reviewed the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) article about ASD diagnosis criteria, the early signs and the importance of early intervention. 

The article focuses on identifying at-risk infants and asserts that recent reports show that characteristics may be seen in the 1st and 2nd year of life, especially:

  • reduced eye contact
  • reduced babbling
  • feeding issues 

The article promotes awareness and intervention, especially beneficial for parents to become better advocates for their kids over their lifespan and to be more aware of available community services.  

Allison shared that if there is one thing she could tell parents, it is that early intervention is key to improving their child's outcome. This article discusses the benefits of an early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children and how important it is to be aware of the signs as early as 1-2 years of age. Many times, SLPs are the ones who make a referral for an autism assessment since language delays are such a huge part of the diagnosis. Making parents aware of these "red flags" helps them better advocate for their children and receive early intervention, possibly improving outcomes. 

The ASHA Leader has the full article online in April, as part of Autism Awareness Month.

C&FD speech therapists offer free 15-minute phone consultations to parents who have questions about their child's communication skills.  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist      

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Speech therapists complete Beckman Oral Motor course

Friday, Nov 6, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Recently two speech therapists, Allison Parker and Michelle Pentz, completed a continuing education course called “Debra Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention” 

The course focused on three areas related to helping people with oral motor difficulties that may contribute to problems with verbal expression and/or swallowing. The objectives were: 

  • Demonstrate assessment battery for determining oro-facial movement patterns using the Beckman protocol
  • Demonstrate compensatory handling techniques
  • Demonstrate oral motor interventions and treatment techniques

The topics are related to many kids and teens that we help who present with apraxia, articulation / speech sound production errors, diet texture aversions, drooling/ saliva management, oral hygiene issues, sensory processing difficulties and other areas. 

Allison and Michelle enjoyed the "hands on" and "mouth on" course and will use the expertise with many clients. 

Our speech therapy team of 9 offer free phone intakes and are accepting referrals. 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

 

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Speech therapist, Allison Parker celebrates 1 year at Child and Family Development

Monday, Jul 20, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Allison Parker, MA CCC-SLP marks 1 year at Child and Family Development this month! She is a speech therapist at the Midtown office.  

TEAMparkerJUL15 During this first year in Charlotte, Allison has most enjoyed the diverse people she has worked with here- from fellow pediatric therapists to the kids and teens with a variety of diagnoses.  She says she has learned a lot from everyone. We are so glad she is here! 

Happy C&FD Anniversary!

Read more about some of her work with kids with autism here.  

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Don't Take Our Word For It: Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Speech Therapy

Thursday, Jul 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Recently, a new client survey was returned with a wonderful note about the multidisciplinary approach at Chlid and Family Development that includes occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychology services!

“The therapists (Melissa Petcu OT & Allison Parker SLP) and the doctor (Devon Redmond PSY)  are all great!”

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Topics: Melissa Petcu, Allison Parker, Devon Redmond, C&FD Speech Therapy Services, C&FD Occupational Therapy Services, C&FD Psychological Services, C&FD Testimonials

Is my child ready for preschool?

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Preschool is a wonderful introduction to the school setting. Fun, play, and academics are incorporated to prepare your young child for the increased academic demands of kindergarten and elementary school. 

Based on the standards and expectations expressed by the North Carolina State Board of Education, a preschooler should be have the following receptive and expressive language skills:

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RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE 

  • understand sentences of increasing length and complexity, including past, present, and future tenses
  • understand a growing number of words
  • attend for longer periods of time, such as when books are read, people are telling stories, and during conversations
  • consistently answer questions and follow two-step directions
  • understand and talk about feelings, ideas, information, and beliefs
  • understand non-verbal communication, such as gestures and facial expressions

EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE 

  • use verbal and nonverbal language to communicate for a variety of purposes
  • use language in pretend play 
  • use language to make and keep friends 
  • follow a conversation by asking a question or making a comment
  • communicate using appropriate inflection, tone of voice, and expression
  • use more and more complex language forms, grammar, and vocabulary

A pediatric speech-language therapy evaluation can determine existing and emerging skills.  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz

Speech Therapists celebrating Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Brochure_SpeechOur team of 9 speech therapists is celebrating better speech and hearing this month!

MIDTOWN OFFICE  PINEVILLE OFFICE

Allison Parker, MA, CCC-SLP

Ann Guild, MA, CCC-SLP

Amy Gossett, MA, CCC-SLP

Melinda Bumgardner, MA, CCC-SLP

Jayne Walton, MA, CCC-SLP (afternoons)

Barb Hartshorn, MS, CCC-SLP

Michelle Pentz, MS, CCC-SLP

Stephanie Gerlich, MS, CCC-SLP

Lisa Peterson, MS, CCC-SLP (community) 

All of our therapists have Masters degrees and are licensed by the state of North Carolina.  We do not employ assistants or aides. We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist   

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Topics: Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Ann Guild, Melinda Schatz, C&FD Speech Therapy Services

Communicating with a Nonverbal Child: a Speech Therapy review

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Allison Parker, MS CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, recently reviewed an article related to autism and the nonverbal child.      

The article from Friendship Circle offers tips on how to facilitate communication, including: 

1. Enter into their world by using motivating people, items, etc. to encourage communication

2. Label feelings as they occur

3. Assume competence

4. Model Language and use Aided Language Stimulation

5. Use a total communication approach using both unaided and aided communication

Allison shares that one of the biggest ways to encourage children to communicate is finding what motivates them and using a total communication approach. If a child is motivated by bubbles, using a picture of bubbles, signing for “more”, and pointing are all great ways to communicate. Pictures, gestures, and signs paired with words will not take away from the speech component, which is the ultimate goal. It will only increase communication and make it more effective. It’s also important for parents and caregivers to model language to the child as it increases the child’s receptive language and will eventually increase expressive language as well. 

Our team of 9 licensed speech therapists, rather than assistants or aides, is available to share their expertise.  We are in-network with many insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield NC, Cigna, Medcost, North Carolina Medicaid, Primary Physician Care and United Health Care.  Our clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.

 

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Call to schedule a free phone consultation with a  Speech Therapist   

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What should a 6-month-old be eating?

Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 by Child & Family Development

A good time to start introducing solids for your baby is around 6 months of age. However, keep in mind that breast milk and/or formula is the main source of nutrition for your child until they turn 1-year-old. So,  this time is for exploration, experimentation, and learning for you and baby.  They will make a mess, which is a great sensory experience for them so be ready for a clean up!

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Topics: Allison Parker, Abbey Wash, Megan Bevington, Courtney Stanley, Ann Guild

Prematurity and its impact on the school years

Friday, Jan 2, 2015 by Child & Family Development

Consequences of a child's premature birth can follow them into the school years

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

These children may be described as clumsy or uncoordinated. They may have difficulty acquiring complex motor skills such as skipping, hopping or doing jumping jacks, as well as poor physical endurance when compared to peers. 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

In addition, these children may have difficulty following directions in the classroom, remembering assignments or learning to read. 

EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Research indicates children born three months prematurely are 3-4 times more likely to struggle in school than full-term peers and can have learning disabilities that persist through the teenage years.  

CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

One study found that premature children had higher levels of anxiety, depression, aggression and lower self concepts than full-term peers. 

The multi-disciplinary team of pediatric therapists at Child and Family Development in Charlotte offers an array of services for children from infancy into young adulthood.  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: Marion Wilm, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Chris Vrabel, Allison Parker, Gail Fennimore, Ann Guild, Devon Redmond

Prematurity and its impact on the preschool years

Monday, Dec 29, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Consequences of a child's premature birth can follow them into the preschool years. Skill development remains important.    

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSICAL THERAPY

Mild delays in gross motor skills make it difficult for children to keep up with peers as academic and physical demands increase.  These children may demonstrate poor safety awareness during motor activities, appear clumsy with frequent falls and display immature running, jumping, and balance skills.

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL SKILLS

kids may get behind in age-appropriate social skills, speech intelligibility or vocabulary organization and understanding of contingent behavior, i.e. consequences.

The multi-disciplinary team of pediatric therapists at Child and Family Development in Charlotte offers an array of services for children from infancy into young adulthood.  

Have a question about developmental milestones? 704-541-9080 Schedule a free phone consultation with:  Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist

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Topics: Marion Wilm, C&FD Physical Therapy Services, Chris Vrabel, Allison Parker, Gail Fennimore, Ann Guild, Devon Redmond

Why is writing so hard for my child?

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Writing difficulties are often seen in children in the upper elementary grades, as well as in middle school and high school.  Many of these children present with or have a history of language delays, language processing difficulties, or even diagnosed learning disabilities. 

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Topics: Aleksandra Liss, Gretchen Hunter, Stephanie Tolley, Allison Parker, Mary Froneberger, Marie Arrington, Jessica DeLing, Melinda Schatz, Brandyn Street

Pediatric Speech and Language Evaluations

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 by Child & Family Development

A speech-language evaluation measures a child’s communication skills.  It is completed by a Speech-Language Pathologist (or Speech Therapist).   

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Child and Family Development welcomes pediatric speech therapist, Allison Parker

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 by Child & Family Development

Allison Parker, MA, CCC-SLP joined the team this week!  She is a North Carolina licensed and ASHA certified speech language pathologist. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in communication disorders from Appalachian State University. She has worked in pediatric outpatient clinics, public schools and a private practice.  Allison strives to work with families to meet the child's needs across all environments, making therapy functional and progress attainable. She is based at the Midtown office.

Welcome Allison!

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