Our Services

Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers & School Age Children

Offering comprehensive SLP services for speech, language, learning, and social communication concerns focusing on each child and family, including “Show & Tell” an early communication opportunity for child and parent(s) facilitating natural gestures, sign language & social interaction.

Tweens & Young Teens

Offering comprehensive SLP services, including a focus on language-learning skills for reading comprehension, spelling and writing, enhancing vocabulary, bolstering study and organizational skills, developing skills for success in the classroom and strengthening social interaction for positive peer relations.

Older Teens & Adults

Offering comprehensive SLP services as well as a separate services for those without a communication disorder, but with communication needs. This is offered through Corporate Speech & Communication Services and focuses on social communication interaction, interview techniques, cover letter & resume writing, accent modification public speaking and related skills.

Latest Post

Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: “Whaat’s for lunch today?!”

Tags : 

The countdown continues and many of you have successfully made it through the first week of 2016’s school year. Now that the supplies have been purchased and a week’s worth of lunches eaten, it may be time to rethink or expand your lunch choices. So, here we go…

Read More
A Day in the Life of This SLP.Hawk5

A Day in the Life of This SLP: Family is Family

Tags : 

A quiet Sunday morning with the sun shining, the humidity rising, and the day just beginning… THEN, as I unlock the family room door to let our three dogs out for their morning jaunt in the backyard, I spot “something” in the pool and it is blocking the skimmer basket.

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Ready, Set, Go…Transition Time

Tags : 

Is it time for your mornings to convert back to the wee hours of the early dawn for greeting your child or teen and heading out the door to arrive before the school bell rings? YES?! Then read on. If not yet, then bookmark this for later this summer. Children’s Communication Center and this Center’s Director and

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Welcoming New Families

Tags : 

Children’s Communication Center, under the direction and ownership of Lori Savage Grayson, is welcoming new families who are seeking high quality, well mananged, and professional Speech-Language Pathology services, including our Corporate Speech and Communication Services. 

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Best Book Lists

Tags : 

As summer reading ends, soon our children will be deep into their texts books and required reading for the school year. In addition to their school reading, it is worthy to have a wide range of books available which are based on their choices. With that in mind, this Center has gathered lists of the “best books”

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Childhood Anxiety

Tags : 

As a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), one of the most significant changes I have observed in the lives of the children and families entering this Center’s doors is that more “friends” are arriving with a medical diagnosis of anxiety, the youngest “friend” was three years old. 

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Fall Specials 2016

Tags : 

Can you feel the excitement in the air as the 2016-2017 school year approaches? YES! This Center is offering Fall Specials for new families who are seeking high quality, well managed, and professional Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Services for this Fall Semester 2016.

Read More
Copy of Copy of Community Partner Share

Community Partner Share: Dr. Pamela S. Kennedy’s Office

Tags : 

In an effort to say “Thank you!” to all who support our Center, we found a community partner who is eager to share so you can treat yourself! What do you have to do? It’s simple…

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Backpacks & Supplies

Tags : 

TRUTH: The countdown to the beginning of school is around the corner. What, how is that possible?! I can “see” many of you rolling your eyes and “hear” your deep sighs with the realization that as July comes to an end, you need to think about the end of summer and the start of school in

Read More
FSU Summer 2016 Volunteers: L to R: Hope, Samantha & Haley

Good-Bye, FSU Summer Volunteers

Where did the summer go? It seems that Haley, Hope, and Samantha were just welcomed as volunteers for this summer to shadow Lori Savage Grayson. We thought it would be fun to share some of the activities they were able to observe as this Center‘s friends worked to make improvements and progress on their speech articulation,

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: From Volunteer to Grad Student!

Tags : 

Life has a funny way of introducing you to people. This is my story with Dana who volunteered at this Center during her senior year (2015-2016) at the Florida State University (FSU), my celebration of her graduation from the FSU School of Communication Science and Disorders, and  my cheering for her acceptance to graduate school, but that all

Read More
Back to School.blog cover

Back to School: Tax Free Weekend

Tags : 

  YES, the first day of school will be here before you know it! To help you get organized and ready to shop, here is your first reminder for Florida’s Tax Free Shopping 2016. This year (2016), the Tax Free WEEKEND in Florida is Friday, August 5th through Sunday August 7th.

Read More
Early Social Skills...

Kindness & Our Children

July 20, 2016 Today, as I worked with some of my friends, it seemed that I was battling their creative play which was filled with “rough and tumble” descriptions that some might interpret as hostility. However, my friends’ descriptions were related, in part, to oral language and social communication challenges, including their inability to understand the “dangers” or “harm” which would

Read More
Driving? Focus on the road. Source: LSG family collection

Pledge that “It Can Wait”

Consider this a Public Service Announcement (PSA) of sorts which I had not planned, but which developed through a sequence of events. Today, I opened my AT&T bill and inside was a flyer for the “It Can Wait” Program. This program allows you to “Take a Pledge” to keep your eyes on the road while driving.

Read More
Welcome to our home!

For the Love of Our Children, ASK

June 21, 2016 Q: ASK what? A: Today is Asking Saves Kids (ASK) Day. A day created to increase awareness and understanding in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths from guns that are stored unsafely in homes. To be absolutely clear, this is a post about the safety of our children (period). Within each house is a

Read More

“How to Talk to Your Child About the News”

June 13, 2016 Sadly, today is not the first time that this Center has posted about how we, (grand/parents, teachers, extended family & friends) should speak to our children regarding horrific news. You see, this Center has been open since 1993 and the list of array of natural and man-made news events has been plentiful. While “bad” news and tragedy are often

Read More

Welcome, FSU Summer Volunteers!

This summer, the Children’s Communication Center welcomes three Florida State University student volunteers – Hope Leardini, Haley Stuart and Samantha Furukawa. Each is interested in learning more about becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and will shadow Lori Savage Grayson as she meets with her patients. Learn more about our volunteers: Hope is a senior double

Read More
Interview.Graphic

Better Hearing & Speech Month – Capital City Pedicabs Interview

 May 2016 Thank you to Mike Goldstein of Capital City Pedicabs who interviewed Lori about the Children’s Communication Center’s participation with Better Hearing & Speech Month! Below is an excerpt from her interview with Mike on the Capital City Pedicabs blog. “Mike, I want to begin by thanking you for allowing me to participate in

Read More

Grandparents Want to Know…

BHSM, Day 17, 2016 Each week, friends of mine who are now grandparents ask me, “What should I do, I don’t think, [insert grandchild’s name] is talking enough? or What should I do I can’t understand anything my [insert grandchild’s name] says? And then, the real question, “How can I approach this with my son/daughter and

Read More

I AM A MOTIVATOR

Better Hearing & Speech Month, May 15, 2016 Challenge: Many of my friends arrive frustrated, anxious, unhappy, and aware (yes, even the two year olds) of their communication challenges. Solution: Together, we will share respect, build trust and celebrate each small achievement, learning to be patient, accepting there will be steps backwards, and always moving forward.

Read More

Autism Awareness Month: A Look Back

Thank you to Kirsten Malenke who interviewed me about the Children’s Communication Center’s participation with Autism Awareness Month! Below is an excerpt from her Advance Healthcare Network article. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of complicated disorders of brain development, characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Read More

This is Why We Walk…

             Children’s Communication Center’s Friends’ Team at the Autism Speaks U Club 5K at Florida State University Saturday, April 9th, 2016 Everyone on our Children’s Communication Center Friends’ Team walks for a different reason, but we walk together with the common goals of increasing awareness, understanding  & support of families living with autism

Read More

Happy New Year 2016!

HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES FOR 2016! We are thankful for the opportunity to welcome new families & continue with our current families as we enter 2016 together at this Center focusing on Speech-Language Pathology & related concerns. We wish each family a year filled with positive moments as you travel the path from challenges to successes. After nearly 37

Read More

What Exactly Do You DO?!

Friday, October 23, 2015 A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THIS SLP…the beginning… In 1986, while working at a hospital as the Chief Speech-Language Pathologist and ordering my new lab coat I, (Lori), was told that the title was too long, that no one would know what we do, that it was too difficult to

Read More

Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

Children’s Communication Center is pleased to support & contribute to all the important efforts of the “Tallahassee Walk For Children With Apraxia of Speech 2015″ The walk is scheduled for this Saturday, September 26th at Lake Ella. Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the Walk begins at 10:00 AM. Contact Tabatha Rackley, Walk Coordinator @ 850.544.0216

Read More

Welcoming Our Volunteers!

  Welcoming Mackenzie & Dana! Lori Savage Grayson, Founder & Director of Children’s Communication Center, Inc., is thrilled to welcome two undergraduate Florida State University students who are eager to “work” at this Center as volunteers! Ms. Grayson looks forward to their time at this Center as they each pursue their interest in becoming  a pediatric Speech-Language

Read More

Our Children May Lose Their Hearing Before Us!

This is REAL. Our children may be the first generation to lose their hearing before us, their parents! This is not new information & I have been sharing for many, many years. BUT now, it is being reported more often and with mainstream coverage! FACTS: Prolonged exposure to noises LOUDER than 85 decibels can result

Read More

The Most Anticipated Moment…

The Most Anticipated Moment… The most anticipated moment for a parent is the sound of a child’s first words. But what if the words are delayed, jumbled or seem as if they will never come at all? Even young children should be able to communicate their needs & wants. Although the stages they pass through

Read More

Celebrating National Dog Day!

Celebrating National Dog Day!! Children’s Communication Center, Inc. is fortunate to have three resident therapy assisting dogs-in-training. This Center and our family currently share our lives with Sora, age 9, our yellow lab, Max, age 8, our Golden Retriever, and Grace Callie “Gracie”, age 4, our Whoodle. All three joined our family from a rescue/humane society

Read More

The Silent Child & Selective Mutism

Selective Mutism affects at least one child in every elementary school, usually begins between the ages of 3 to 5, and can impede academic achievement. It may restrict social communication interaction, thereby, leaving the child isolated from peers and limiting opportunities for childhood events, such as playground play or birthday parties. NEW intensive week-long programs

Read More

Calling All Alum Families, Staff & Friends!

The Center’s new web page is launched and I am gathering stories, quotes, words of wisdom, advice, ah-ha moments, trials and tribulations, and more (all which can be anonymous if you prefer) from parents, siblings, grandparents, other relatives, children who visited the Center when they were younger and are now teens or grown, volunteers, interns,

Read More

Celebrating TWO years on Facebook and the LAUNCH of the new web page as this Center enters year #23!

August 11, 2015: Today’s Facebook Memories remind me that I launched the Children’s Communication Center’s Facebook page two years ago…time for a post!  In understanding some of what parents, children & families experience when they are receiving SLP services, please read this post and hear from the parents, many who have stayed in touch for more

Read More

Schools Can No Longer Deny Access to Speech-Language Pathology Services for Children with Autism!

The Department of Education’s NEW Guidance Will Ensure Speech-Language Pathology & Other Services are Available to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Under IDEA, Parts B & C This Center is pleased to share this important information from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) which recently “…issued a new guidance to school systems nationwide recognizing the importance

Read More

Temper Tantrum or Meltdown?!

TANTRUMS AND MELTDOWNS ARE NOT THE SAME ~ Learn how to distinguish between a tantrum (angry/frustrated) and a meltdown (reaction to feeling overwhelmed) by reviewing the chart. The KEY is learning to identify the “triggers and signs” and intervene BEFORE your child starts reacting & help him/her move toward a more positive resolution. To Learn More

Read More

Early Social Skills Lead to Later Life Successes!

EARLY SOCIAL SKILLS LEAD TO LATER LIFE SUCCESSES ~ From the PBS NewsHour, 07/16/15, “A new study says keeping more children on track to high school graduation, a full-time job and out of the criminal justice system could start in kindergarten…researchers tracked more than 700 children from kindergarten to age 25. They found students’ social

Read More

Pets, Children, Communication & Social Skills!

PETS ARE NON-JUDGEMENTAL… are considered good listeners and easy to talk to, easier it seems than siblings. Earlier studies have demonstrated that pets can help children with autism develop important social skills, especially when the pet is a dog. Studies show that children who have consistent experience interacting with dogs are more likely to succeed

Read More

YaYa’s in the Kitchen Recipe #2!

Key Lime Bars with Shortbread Crust are perfect for these sweltering summer days! Enjoy, YaYa

Read More

Choosing a School?!

CHOOSING A SCHOOL ~ Let the challenge begin. What is best? The neighborhood, charter, magnet, private, virtual or home school? The options continue to grow, this article from Understood.org will help you understand the strengths and concerns for each type/style of educational setting and may make your decision easier. Of course, as your child grows,

Read More
Adam Nintendo

Sadness for Nintendo, the Industry & the Public 

July 16, 2015 Do you have a Nintendo product in your home? Maybe a DS or a Wii console? Do your grand/children play video games? Then, you should know this: Satoru Iwata, President & CEO of Nintendo, passed away this week at the age of 55. His philosophy was summarized in his keynote speech at

Read More

Introducing YaYa’s in the Kitchen

YaYa, that’s me! No, I am not Greek, but when choosing a name of endearment for our extended family’s grandbabies to call me, I knew YaYa was perfect. Then through the natural progression of my professional work with children experiencing a wide range of communication challenges, I found that YaYa was perfect for them to

Read More

Our Web Page in the Making

“Patience is a virtue” and one that fares well as a Speech-Language Pathologist where change may come slowly, but each step forward signals success.  Many parents have expressed that I have great patience with their child, describing me as gleeful at the smallest step forward. Now, it is time for me to show patience as this web

Read More

“No child is too young , an adult too old, or a concern too small that an evaluation or consultation would not be beneficial if a Speech-Language Pathology or related problem appears present.” LSG