It’s Ribbon-Cutting Time!

Never would I have imagined having my own speech therapy clinic. My family has long talked about it but for me it just seemed a dream. Then again, so did owning and operating my own private speech therapy practice.

Here I am more than two years after launching my private practice and I recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce in front of my new clinic. At times it still seems rather surreal but it’s very much real.

When I started in private practice, I thought it would be a side gig to my day job as a speech-language pathologist in Detroit Public Schools. As word spread, I began receiving more calls for evaluations and therapy. As it turns out, my private practice is full time and I’m loving it.

My new clinic is located in the Village shopping and business district in Grosse Pointe, Mich. I’m among larger corporate retailers but also a myriad of smaller, locally-owned businesses with owners similar to myself: a resident of the community in which I work and where my children go to school.

My address is 17011 Kercheval Ave. I’m above Gymboree — the children’s clothing retailer.

As a private practice speech-language pathologist, I work mostly with the pediatric population on language delays, speech impairments, literacy disorders and stuttering impairments.

I also specialize in orofacial myofunctional disorders–these are structural issues related to the tongue, jaw and teeth that impact overall health and wellness as well as the development of the mouth. This area includes orthodontic relapse–this is when work an orthodontist completed is undone after the hardware or devices are removed.

Eternally grateful doesn’t even describe my emotional state as it relates to building my private practice and now opening up a clinic. I have a strong village of people in my life (family, friends and colleagues) for whom I owe many thanks and much appreciation. Without them, I would not be here as a speech-language pathologist, as a private business owner or with a speech therapy clinic.

In June I celebrated two years of successfully owning and operating my own business (Speech With Sara LLC). Now in July, I just had my ribbon-cutting celebrating the new space for my business. Next up: an open house. Stay tuned. Everyone will be invited!

Speech With Sara LLC offers comprehensive evaluation services for speech-sound disorders, orofacial myofunctional impairments (tongue thrusts, orthodontic relapse, weak lip closure, etc.), receptive/expressive language delays and literacy impairments.

Have questions about your child’s speech and language development, contact Speech With Sara LLC, 313-815-7916 or email:

Skip the Screen, Start the Conversation: Dogs Unleashed Grosse Pointe

There is a great opportunity in our community this summer: Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Dogs Unleashed. It’s a community art and small business project that is on display throughout the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods from now through September.

Dogs Unleashed Grosse Pointe features more than 60 dog statutes sponsored by small businesses and hand-painted/designed by local artists. The dogs –both big and small– are on display throughout the summer in front of businesses, inside businesses and next to other places well known in the community.

This is a great opportunity to generate some discussion with children as well as to get outside and enjoy some of our short-lived summer weather.

I recently did just (more…)

The Magic of 2 Years in Private Practice

This month marks the two year anniversary for Speech With Sara LLC. It’s almost hard to believe.

I’ve been so busy with patients, getting settled into my new office space and the shift from the school year to summer, the anniversary nearly escaped me.

As I reflect upon the two years I’ve owned and operated my own private speech therapy practice, I’m in awe of the many children and families I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. I am so grateful (more…)

Teaser: My Podcast for Upcoming Presentation on Speech-Sound Disorders & the Impact on Reading

I am flattered and humbled to have been asked to put on a presentation for the Family Center of Grosse Pointe & Harper Woods. I’m excited to share my knowledge about an area that I’m passionate about: speech-sound disorders and the impact they can have upon reading acquisition.

My presentation– Don’t Let the Cuteness Factor Trick You: Speech & Reading Skills in Children— is scheduled for Wednesday April 18, 2018, at 7 p.m. The presentation will be in conjunction with another business: Brainspring Learning Centers.

We will discuss the age at which speech sounds are acquired, how a fuzzy representation of the phonological system can hinder reading acquisition and how to identify when to seek help from a professional. We will also share strategies of how to help (more…)

Speech With Sara Clinic to Open in Village in City of Grosse Pointe

I have big news. For the last month I have been working to ready an office space for Speech With Sara LLC. I’m in the midst of moving in.

In addition to my current services, having an office location will allow me flexibility in scheduling, therapy planning and therapy execution. I’m always learning –both formally through continuing education courses and informally through collaboration with other speech-language pathologists.  There are so many amazing (more…)

My Preference: Collaboration Rather than Competition

Collaboration is important.

It’s not only important but essential, in my opinion, for treating a patient and in business practice.

Helping Patients Achieve More Through Communication

It’s especially important when working with patients who may have multiple providers. I have patients who receive speech therapy at school and with me. I have patients who receive occupational and/or physical therapy. I have patients who have special education teachers. I have patients who work with psychologists and social workers.

I am a strong advocate of working together. It doesn’t mean (more…)

Should Parents be involved in Speech Therapy? ABSOLUTELY!

Parents, roll up your sleeves and be prepared to get involved with speech therapy. Your role is an integral part of making a difference in your child’s progress.

It’s true. Parent involvement can make the difference between progress and no change.

What that involvement looks like is different for each child. For some it may be more intensive and include a role in the therapy sessions. For others, it may be helping with homework and home practice. It may include making changes to the home environment to (more…)

Questions After Parent-Teacher Conference? Hit Me Up!

It’s parent-teacher conference season! It’s such an exciting time for everyone. Parents get to learn more about what their child is working on in school; teachers get to highlight projects and learning tools being used with their students; and students get to show off their work.

Sometimes, teachers voice concerns during these conferences and that can be overwhelming, especially when it’s presented in fast-paced back-to-back conferences.

I’m happy to answer questions about concerns your child’s teacher (more…)

Toy Selection: How to Inspire Speech & Language

Picking out the perfect gift for a child can be overwhelming. Just entering the toy department can be overwhelming, with all of the bright colors, buzzing, snapping and other sounds.  There are so many choices, yet, there is only so much time to decide, purchase and wrap.

As the gift-giving season begins, I have a few suggestions for how to choose toys that would make great gifts and inspire speech and language development and usage by children.

I am a speech-language pathologist that loves using toys (more…)

The Surprise In My Mail: an ACE Award from ASHA

I’m not one to brag or even talk myself up. I’m a rather matter-of-fact person and get things done for the sake of getting them done. So what I found in my mailbox last week was a pleasant surprise!

I received an ACE Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for participating in so much continuing education. I accumulated more than 70 hours of continuing education by the halfway point of my 3-year certification maintenance cycle, which far exceeds the requirements.

While I know that I participate in a lot of continuing education, I didn’t realize how much until I received this notification in the mail. The minimum requirement for certified speech-language pathologists is 30 hours/three years.

Learning has been a long-standing passion for me. I picked (more…)