Mike, I want to begin by thanking you for allowing me to participate in this interview and for your hosting Children’s Communication Center during “Better Hearing & Speech Month” (BHSM). I am proud to be an ambassador for the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as we celebrate this month long event.
May is dedicated to increasing awareness & understanding of communication development & disorders and the beneficial roles that Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, as well as the speech and hearing researchers, play in the lives of more than 40 MILLION Americans (birth to adult) experiencing communication challenges.
This Center is sponsoring a May is Better Hearing & Speech Month event on Facebook which will allow us to share Success Stories, Quotables, Weekly Activities, Daily Tidbits, Informational Posts, Community “Coupons”, and more!
1. What brings you to Tallahassee?
I moved to Tallahassee in August 1984 when my husband, Andrew S Grayson, was hired as an attorney with the Department of Natural Resources, now merged with the Department of Environmental Protection. At the time, I agreed to move for one year…32 years later, here I am interviewing with you!
2. What makes your business stand out?
The Center’s response: The commitment to each family who contacts Children’s Communication Center and the Center’s dedication to provide high quality, well managed and professional Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) services.
The Community’s response: CCC excels at what they do because of the personalized SLP services for each child, the respect and inclusion of each family, the availability for scheduling including evenings & weekends, the ability to develop successful and manageable Home Programs, and the willingness to assist families find the most appropriate SLP services, even if it is not with CCC. Lori Savage Grayson has a “gift” for reaching and achieving with each child, sharing her experience as a “seasoned” SLP, never underestimating a child, celebrating each small gain while pursuing the “bigger picture”, advocating for each child like her own, and understanding each family’s needs. This is what establishes a trusting relationship & mutual success!
My response: Simply put, I believe that each of us deserves the best opportunity to communicate, to play, to tell stories, to share emotions, to learn, to gain an education, to achieve & succeed, and to be happy with family & friends.
3. How long have you had this business?
I am completing my 23rd year and thrilled to be entering my 24th successful year!
4. What made you want to open this business?
I moved to Tallahassee in 1984 planning to open a private practice in Speech-Language Pathology specializing in young children; however, it appeared that the time was not quite right. With that in mind, I continued my employment in the hospital and educational settings. During those same 10 years, I worked with doctors and educators to gain their support for a pediatric private practice in Speech-Language Pathology focusing on early identification and intervention for young children experiencing communication challenges. Then in 1993 with 15 years of professional experience and the support of the medical and educational professionals and families of our community, it was clear that Tallahassee was ready for the opening of Children’s Communication Center.
5. What do you want your customers to know about you and your business that they may not already know?
The Center’s response: While Children’s Communication Center was established to meet the needs of young children, it quickly expanded to meet the needs of tweens, teens, young adults and adults in our community focusing on a wide range of communication disorders and related SLP services. Our related services may be less familiar and include Corporate Speech & Communication Services, The Orofacial Myofunctional Disorder Program for “Tongue Thrusts”, YaYa’s in the Kitchen, Child- Parent “Show & Tell”, Consultative Services, Parent to Parent…Family to Family Support Services, and our “Summer Specials”.
My personal response: The longevity of the relationships between this Center and our “friends” spans the 23 years since I opened this practice. For me, this translates into lifelong friendships, the privilege of participating in the celebration of developmental milestones and life experiences, and a professional and personal perspective that cannot be found in every SLP setting. I appreciate each and every person who has been part of this Center during its first 23 years and look forward to those in our future!
6. What social media is your business currently using and what are they?
Webpage @ http://www.childrenscommunication.com/
Pinterest @ https://www.pinterest.com/childrenscommun/
LinkedIn LSG @ https://www.linkedin.com/in/lorisavagegrayson
LinkedIn CCC: https://www.linkedin.com/company/3174090
We are currently exploring the addition of Twitter and Instagram and determining if these would be beneficial for families and for the Center.
7. Describe your business in 5 words or less
For this response, I took it to my “friends”, the community, and families.
From my “friends” ranging in age from 4 to 24 years old: Fun, Awesome!,
The Best, Patient, Life-changing
From the community: Experienced, Dedicated, Caring, Genuine, Professional
And, this from a Mom, “Performing miracles word by word.”
From me: “Exactly where I should be…