Nashville Pediatric Specialists is located in Franklin, TN and offers speech therapy and language therapy—as well as reading and writing intervention—to children from birth to teenage years.
Our Speech Pathologist works with children to improve expressive language (what they are able to verbally communicate), receptive language (their language comprehension), reading skills, writing skills, social communication, oral motor impairments or delays, sensory issues affecting eating, articulation, auditory processing, language processing, Apraxia of Speech, stuttering, and cognitive language impairments.
We work with verbal and non-verbal children to improve communication skills that are important to interacting with the world and being successful in their endeavors. We offer various communication modalities, including AAC devices, PECS boards, and low-tech communication devices. Our clinicians have experience working with children on the autism spectrum continuum, children needing sensory support, and children with behavioral needs and goals. Our goal is to be a part of your child’s journey, helping them and your family reach your goals and to improve lives!
The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding also know as the SOS Feeding Approach helps children begin to eat a variety of foods, textures, and enjoy meal time. This multi-sensory feeding approach helps children who are struggling to eat a variety of foods, textures, and are considered "picky eaters" or "problem feeders." Working with infants who have difficulty with bottles or breast feeding, working with babies for introduction to first foods, toddlers for textures, sensory aversions, or difficulty chewing and swallowing, and older children who eat a limited variety of foods with food aversions. We help take the struggle out of eating for infants, babies, toddlers, children, and teenagers and make meal times a fun family event.
Reading is a complex cognitive form of language processing that decodes symbols to derive meaning. Our team teaches the skills and strategies for reading success to improve comprehension skills and build a strong foundation. Our older readers benefit from many strategies that increase comprehension skills, visualize incoming information, learn to paraphrase, learn to comprehend main ideas, and retell complex stories with ease.
Our writing intervention helps children with organization and structure. We teach strategies and skills for children to create ideas and topics, organize different essays or narratives, learn narrative writing structures, and teach executive functioning skills to have children reach the most success.
Tongue Ties, Lip Ties, and Cheek Ties
We work with children and babies with tongue, lip, and cheek ties pre and post surgery. Therapy helps to improve breast or bottle feeding, articulation, oral motor skills, and feeding success! We work with local experts to provide a team approach for your little one. Therapy is important for both newborns AND older children as it can impact their dentition, cavities, articulation, and chewing abilities.
Hello Everyone! My name is Kelly Mingus and I am the owner of Nashville Pediatric Specialists, a pediatric speech therapy and language therapy provider in Franklin, TN. I earned my Masters degree for Speech Pathology in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, and my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I have had the pleasure of working with children for over 16 years.
I work individually and on a team to complete diagnostic assessments and create treatment goals for children with multiple disabilities and language disorders. I use Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Communication programs to enhance children’s abilities to connect and communicate with their peers. I love teaching and working with parents to implement techniques at home. I collaborate with other professionals to ensure a child’s success is integrated into their daily activities, and am available to mediate parent-teacher conferences. I meet with parents regularly to discuss therapy treatments and goals.
My experience includes, but is not limited to, working with children with: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, stuttering, articulation disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, children on the Autism Spectrum Continuum, developmental delays, phonological processing disorders, social communication disorders, reading intervention, writing intervention, voice disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, executive functioning, feeding, ADD/ ADHD, and language processing disorders.
I have enjoyed 10+ incredible years as a speech pathologist in a private practice, and I have also worked in a school setting as a speech pathologist. In one of my school employments, I worked as the lead speech pathologist at a school devoted to children with learning differences. My experience also extends to working in a hospital setting, level 1 trauma center as a speech pathologist, providing diagnostic assessments to children in the ICU, and educating medical professional on goals and recommendations.
It is a pleasure working in this community and being a part of families’ successes. I enjoy parent meetings and trainings to ensure all techniques are being generalized into a child’s everyday life. Techniques I use include (but are limited to):
• Pre-K readiness and writing
• Pre-K literacy and math
• Visualization and verbalization
• Expansion Expressive Tool (EET)
• Story Grammar Marker
• Oral motor exercises
• Michelle Garcia Winner Social Communication Programs
• Nancy Kaufman Apraxia of Speech, Speech Praxis Kits
I am currently living in Franklin, TN with my husband, 4 children, and little puppy Falkor (named after the luck dragon in the never-ending story). I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey.
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