Who We Are
Thoughts to Words is a private (out-of-network provider) speech and language therapy practice in Westchester County that services the lower Hudson Valley.
We offer Individual therapy sessions to address the client's areas of concern ranging from articulation disorders, pragmatic/social skills, expressive/ receptive and language delays, literacy development, stuttering/speech fluency, phonological awareness, pediatric feeding and accent modification.
Hi, I'm Chennelle
NYS Licensed Speech & Language Pathologist
5+ Years of Professional Experience
Teachers College, Columbia University, M.S. Speech and Language Pathology
Binghamton University, B.S. Human Development
Chennelle Parker is an NYS licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with five years of experience and counting. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) License.
Chennelle has worked in a variety of settings including school-based and early intervention. She is responsible for the organization and implementation of services along with providing evaluations to meet the needs of her clients. Chennelle specializes in expressive and receptive language development, articulation/phonological disorders, social/pragmatic skills, reading intervention, and fluency. In addition, she is trained in the multi-sensory, clinically proven researched-based program known as Lively - Letters; a program that is geared towards hastening reading achievement and closing the gap with struggling readers.
At Thoughts to Words, we strive to provide the uppermost
quality of speech and language services to children, adolescents and
adults. I work diligently in teaching individuals how to effectively
communicate with loved ones and peers, which will inspire them to
actively participate in areas of society.
Assessments allow our clinicians to determine the area(s) of concern that require treatment. If your child received an evaluation within the last year, all documents must be provided. An initial consultation with be provided and the clinician will then review and discuss his/her clinical impressions along with recommendations for therapy.
Telehealth (also known as teletherapy) is the delivery of service through video platform (Zoom, Google meets). Telehealth provides flexibility and convenience from the comfort of your own home. Young children between ages 2-5 and older can benefit from telehealth with assistance from their caregivers, if needed. ASHA has determined telehealth is an appropriate model of service delivery by speech-language pathologists. Platforms such as Google Meets or Zoom are both HIPPA compliant.
Speech and Language Therapy can help children who struggle with expressive/receptive language skills, pragmatic skills, fluency, articulation, literacy/ reading intervention and pre-language development. We offer 30, 45, 60 minutes individual speech and language sessions to target a variety of skills. Caregivers are strongly encouraged to participate to maximize carryover opportunities.
Services are offered in-person or virtually
Are you ready to hear your child turn their Thoughts to Words...
What is Telehealth?Telehealth (also referred to as teletherapy) is the delivery of services through a video platform (google meets / zoom). It has been proven to be just as effective as traditional face to face services. Telepractice allows for flexibility and convenience, from the comfort of your own home.
What is the difference between speech and language?Speech is how we say sounds and words. Speech includes articulation, voice, and fluency. Language is described as the words we use and how we use them to share ideas and intentions. Language includes what words mean, how to make new words, how to out them together, and what we should say at different times. (ASHA).
What is pragmatic language?Pragmatic language refers to the way we convey meaning through communication. This can include verbal and non-verbal aspects of communication (e.g., body language, facial expressions, joint attention, conversational exchanges, topic maintenance, eye contact, turn taking).
What is Accent Modification?Accent modification is an elective service sought by individuals who want to change or modify their speech patterns (ASHA). The goal of accent modification training is to help individuals to speak more effectively so that their ‘speech’ sounds illegible and natural to the listener. In addition, accents are a natural part of spoken languages. No one accent is better than another. It is important to know that accents are NOT a speech or language disorder (ASHA).
How do I know if my child needs a speech and language evaluation?A comprehensive evaluation may be needed if your child is not meeting, or is slowly meeting, speech and language milestones, is at risk for a speech/language disorder due to the presence of another condition such as Down Syndrome or Autism, or if there is a family history of speech and language disorders.
Do you accept insurance?At this time, Thoughts to Words is an out-of-network provider. We do not bill insurance companies. It is recommended that you check with your insurance carrier to see if they will cover out-of-network providers for speech and language services. We would be more than happy to provide you with an invoice which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Accent modification is an elective service and is therefore not covered by insurance.
What are your fees?Prices vary based on length of sessions and services. Contact me for more information and I will be happy to speak with you. Length of sessions offered: 30 minutes 45 minutes 1 hour
How many speech and language sessions will my child need?Thoughts to Words offers individualized and evidence based treatment plans that vary from client to client. The frequency of sessions will be determined once the clinician makes his/her clinical impressions after an evaluation and the parent/ guardian is in agreement.
Can parents be involved during sessions?Absolutely! We love involving parents in the therapy process and highly encourage it for younger students. It is important for parents to participate in their child’s therapy for success over time. This allows parent to see what the child is working on and to learn the strategies that re used in therapy, which can then carry over into their home environment.