Speech Therapy

Are you noticing delays with your child’s communication or feeding skills? Learn about our speech therapy services.

About our speech therapy services

Laura Parker has 12+ years treating pediatric speech/language disorders. She is passionate about incorporating child-led philosophies and making therapy a fun + engaging place for your child. 
Areas of expertise:

Articulation

Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Feeding & Swallowing

Receptive and Expressive Language

Gestalt Language Processing/Natural Language Acquisition

Phonology

Language/Literacy

Picky Eating/Food Aversions

Fluency (Stuttering & Cluttering)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

What is speech therapy?

A speech language pathologist is . . .
(SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
A speech evaluation is . . .
A measurement of your child's communication skills, including speaking, listening and social language abilities. Feeding can be included, too! This can be done via standardized or non standardized measures.
Would my child benefit?
If you are noticing delays with their communication milestones in the area of comprehension (following directions), expression (number of words they are using) and pragmatics (using words for socialization), they would likely benefit from an evaluation!

Our Process

Explore our comprehensive approach to speech therapy

1. Schedule a speech / language evaluation

Speaking Sensory is equipped with both standardized and non-standardized assessments to best evaluate your child’s current level of skills. The evaluation is tailored to your concerns and will typically take ~45-60 minutes. It typically consists of a parent interview, case history information, play-based assessments, and more!

2. Receive a custom treatment plan

Your therapist then formulates a treatment plan based on your child’s needs. The therapist works with you to decide an appropriate frequency (how many sessions per week). You will receive updates on your child’s progress after each session and more detailed progress reports every six months.

3. Begin speech therapy sessions

Sessions range from 30, 45 and 60 minutes and vary based on the age and needs of your child. Evidence-based practice is at the core of our speech/language intervention services. We take a whole child approach, tailoring our services to meet the unique needs each individual. Our sessions also include parent education to ensure carryover of skills and maximize progress.

4. Experience flexible scheduling and support

At Speaking Sensory, we understand the importance of convenience and flexibility for our families. We will provide therapy services at our center, your home, and/or community location (daycare/school) if location permits. Whether you prefer in-person sessions or virtual therapy, we have flexible appointment times available to suit your needs.

Meet your speech therapist!

Laura Gencarella Parker M.S., CCC/SLP
Owner
Laura graduated with her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

With over 12 years of experience with the pediatric population, Laura has a passion for facilitating optimal communication skills in children's natural setting(s).

Hear from our speech therapy clients!

5 stars

Laura is wonderful! She does so well with my son. I would highly recommend her for anyone who has a language delayed child.

Jessica
5 stars

Always an amazing experience. Laura goes above and beyond to provide the best service and recommendations. Austin is getting the treatment he needs and more. Thank you for your commitment and dedication! Hope we can get with Amanda at some . . .

Cindy
5 stars

Laura is an incredible SLP. She is professional and clearly has an immense amount of experience, but she is also kind and compassionate. Laura challenges our daughter, but also engages her in her interests. Laura’s kindness and experience have impacted . . .

Amy A.
5 stars

I can't say enough about the fantastic work Laura has done with my son and the progress he has made in communication under her guidance. She has a natural way of engaging with him and he very much looks forward . . .

Amay P.
5 stars

Our experience with Speaking Sensory over the part couple months has exceeded expectations. My preschooler loves coming for one-on-one time with “Miss Laura” and the tips/ideas she gives me to try at home are so valuable. We’ve noticed positive changes . . .

Susan M.
5 stars

I truly cannot say enough good things about this practice! Our son has been in speech since he was 3 and we have seen more progress in the last 6 months working with Laura then the prior year and a . . .

Jennifer A.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering if Speaking Sensory is a good fit for your family? Here are some common, frequently asked questions that might help point you in the right direction! Still unsure, contact us today.

  • How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

    We are team “trust your gut” vs. team “wait and see.” If your child is not using 50 words by the age of 2, is difficult to understand at the age of 4, a history of feeding/swallowing difficulties, these are all strong indicators that your child would benefit from an evaluation from a speech-language pathologist.

  • What’s the first step in this process?

    We always offer a FREE consultation to get a better understanding of your child’s strengths and needs. From there, we will set up a time for an evaluation. After the evaluation, you will receive a detailed evaluation report with a treatment plan outlining goals/objectives based on your concerns. We then work together to come up with a frequency for therapy that fits your family’s needs (1x/week, 2x/week, monthly, etc.). Parent education is incorporated into each session.

  • What areas do you serve?

    We service Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Our center is located in Charlotte, NC (4446 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209). Speech therapy sessions can take place at our center, or we can provide home visits if your home is located within 10 miles of our center.

  • What ages do you work with?

    We service children ages Birth to 21, with specific focus on the birth to five population.

  • Do you accept insurance?

    At this time, Speaking Sensory is out of network with insurance providers. We do, however, provide superbills upon request. We also utilize IvyPay, a HIPAA compliant payment processing service that allows you to use your FSA/HSA funds towards therapy!

  • Do you provide home visits?

    Yes! We will provide therapy at your home if your residence is within 10 miles of our center.

  • Do you provide daycare visits?

    Yes! We will provide therapy at your child’s school and/or daycare if their school is within 10 miles of our center.

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