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May 12, 2015

Don’t Take Our Word For It: how sweet the sounds for speech therapist

Melinda Bumgardner, MA CCC-SLP, speech therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, received a fantastic note from a parent.:

Last night when we were putting <our son> to bed, he said both “Mom” and “Daddy” independently! Yes, I cried (just a little).  He had a little prompting with me saying, “What’s my name?” when he didn’t say it clearly at first. But I didn’t say it first for him to repeat. He did it independently. His verbal apraxia has been a bigger challenge for us than Down syndrome or ADHD.  I am so grateful every day that we found such an excellent speech therapist to work on the apraxia. He makes slow progress one word at a time – and each new word is a blessing.”


Read more about Melinda’s work with verbal apraxia on our blog.  



Our 9 speech 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. Clients also may pay privately and access out-of-network benefits.