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The Story Behind
When Sweet Talk's owner Carley Serena was in high school, she co-founded a program to teach dance to girls with Down syndrome. After their first ballet class together, Carley knew she wanted to work with individuals with communication needs for the rest of her life. As an undergraduate student, Carley's heart was set on only helping children, but little did she know, her first therapy session with an adult would soon change her life forever.
During graduate school, Carley quickly learned how meaningful it was to work with people of all ages when one of her geriatric patients asked if they could practice reading “Goodnight Moon” so that he could read it to his granddaughter. She spent most of her free time working in a "Communication, Movement, & Learning Lab", where she researched the diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech. There was nothing Carley looked forward to more each week than her Aphasia Group, where she facilitated group therapy to adults who had strokes, and they spent each session laughing, singing, and sharing stories together over coffee. These programs and, more importantly, the patients she worked with, were so special to her that she still keeps in touch with some of them to this day. It’s safe to say that these experiences made Carley fall in love with the field of speech-language pathology even more, and are the very reason why Carley knew in her heart that she would open her own private practice someday.
After years of working with individuals with cognitive and communication disorders across the lifespan in various settings, Carley was ready to make her dream into a reality, and in 2021, Sweet Talk Speech Therapy was born.
"We are forever grateful for Sweet Talk. As a mama stressed about speech concerns, Carley was the greatest contribution to our tribe. I can never thank her enough for all that she has done for our Sweet Talkers, & I highly recommend her to any parents going through the same!"