KM Pediatric Therapy is a private practice focused on providing skilled speech and language pathology services to children of all ages. Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Services are provided under the direction of their attending physician.
Speech-language pathologists are required to hold a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. SLP’s are also required to have state licensure and national certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. SLP’s are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat disorders of language (including both the understanding and use of), articulation and phonology (how clearly words are spoken), fluency, pragmatics (understanding and use of social language), oral motor skills, and voice.
Many of our SLPs are also trained to provide assessment, diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders. Some of the most common disorders that require speech-language intervention include:
KM Pediatric Therapy provides CBRS, or developmental therapy, to children from ages birth to 3 years who are enrolled in the NC Early Intervention Program through the Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA). Services are provided within the child’s natural environment, which could be their private home, daycare, preschool, etc. Our objectives are to help children reach their highest potential and increase their quality of life. Developmental therapists are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher, within the area of child development, early childhood education, psychology, and/or social work. Therapists must also complete the required number of specialized instruction hours needed to achieve the Infant Toddler Family Certificate. DTs are trained to target delays in cognitive skills, communication skills, social/emotional development, adaptive development (self-help skills) and physical skills (including gross and fine motor) thru the use of play.
KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Alison Black, OTR/L, to the KM team! Alison will serve the Raleigh/Cary areas. Now accepting referrals!!!
Early intervention occupational therapists (OT) provide skilled services for children ages birth to three in their natural environments to reach their full independence and developmental potential. OTs determine a child’s functional status through screening, assessments, observation, and parental interviews before creating a plan of care with individualized goals to address the child’s needs. Children have many important occupations, such as, sleep, play, feeding, bathing, and functional mobility that we address through play and participation. Interventions such as establishing routines, increasing fine motor dexterity, modulating sensory stimuli, and teaching coping mechanisms are all used. We use a family-centered approach to increase involvement and outcomes. OTs are required to hold either a bachelors, masters, or doctorate, depending on the year of training was completed, to practice. OTs must also uphold active state licensure and a national board registration. OTs provide intervention for various disorders, some of which are listed below
KM Pediatric Therapy was started by Loraine Allen. Kyle Murphy (KM) is Loraine's nephew. He was born 14 weeks premature in the summer of 1991. Kyle weighed 1.5 pounds. At that time Loraine was at a crossroads in her career. School psychology no longer held her passion. She wanted to change lives! From day 1 Kyle was a fighter! As he grew, various interventions were added to his schedule. One of these wonderful people was a speech language pathologist.
Loraine soon found herself in graduate school for speech language pathology. She loved it! Towards the end of her graduate program, Kyle was diagnosed with cancer and left us. He was 3 1/2 years old. Loraine credits her career choice and the happiness in it to Kyle. So, when she opened her practice, who better to name it after than the angel who guided her?
In the spring of 2017, Loraine moved to MA to pursue new opportunities with her family. I have been with KM Pediatric Therapy since 2004 and was truly honored to take over as owner and team leader. Over the course of my career, I have had the absolute privledge of working with countless children and families who all have a story to tell.
As in-home therapists, we share the ups and downs that our families and clients experience as they navigate their particular diagnoses. Some are mild and others are quite challenging. But at the heart of it all is a child. And just like Kyle, each child deserves the opportunity to be the best they can be. I am proud to lead this team of dedicated therapists.
To me, maintaining Kyle's story and initials in our company name are important. They are a constant reminder of the positive impact we can have on the people's lives with which we work. As long as my team and I stay true to our guiding principles, we will honor our namesake and KM Pediatric Therapy will thrive!
- Stephanie Molina
The year 2020 has been like no other. Since the arrival of COVID-19 in March, KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. has outlined several policies and procedures to maintain the safety and health of our clinicians and patients. As essential workers, we are proud to continue serving the needs of our community to ensure that our patients continue to develop and thrive during this difficult time. Our special needs patients continue to face difficult challenges during this pandemic. We strive to exceed the therapeutic needs of our patients, while empowering parents and caregivers to do their best while we are all working to navigate the complexity and uncertainty that encompasses daily life at the moment. We wish you all health, happiness and peace of mind.
Stephanie is a native of New Orleans. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro with an MA in Speech-Language Pathology. After a time with geriatrics, Stephanie returned to pediatrics with KM in winter of 2004. Although she has extensive experience treating a variety of diagnoses, such as developmental delays, apraxia, autism, cerebral palsy, and numerous syndromes, her particular passion is treating feeding delays and disorders. Stephanie is a supervising SLP and lead feeding specialist with KM Peds. She has specialized in evaluation and treatment of oral-pharyngeal dysphagia, sensory-based feeding dysfunction, and behavioral issues during meals since 2005. Stephanie has worked extensively with clients with g-tubes to transition them to oral consumption. In her spare time, she enjoys family time with her husband and two young children, completing house projects, and gardening. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Jackie grew up in the mountains of NC before moving to Raleigh to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Linguistics from North Carolina State University. She completed the master’s degree program for speech-language pathology at East Carolina University. She has been a SLP for KM Peds. since June 2010. Jackie is a supervising SLP and also a pediatric feeding specialist. She has extensive experience with a variety of pediatric speech and language deficits and feeding issues including, but not limited to, developmental delays, phonological delays, autism, numerous syndromes, verbal apraxia, fluency disorders, attention deficit/learning disorders, and prematurity. Jackie enjoys observing her clients excel and reaching their full potential through integrative, motivated familial support. During her spare time, Jackie enjoys hiking, art projects, reading, and collecting vinyl records. Jackie is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Beth is responsible for employee payroll and benefits, bookkeeping, insurance billing and patient invoicing for KM Pediatric Therapy, Inc. Beth was born in Ohio and moved to Apex, North Carolina as a child. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Finance degree and has worked in medical settings most of her career as an accountant. Beth is married and has two children. Passions and pastimes include spending time with her family, attending App State football games and reading.
Kilbi is responsible for referral intake, medical charting, data entry, and other office duties for KM Pediatric Therapy. Kilbi is from Greensboro, NC and moved to the Raleigh area from Columbia, SC four years ago. She attended Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Public Relations and Sociology. Post college, she landed in the hospitality field where she spent most of her career working for corporate Marriott and other hotel franchise partners, in both sales and operations. After having children, Kilbi owned and operated Kilbi Branch Designs for six years. In her spare time, Kilbi has a passion for all things sports, traveling, exercise, design and decorating, reading and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Caitlin grew up in Eastern North Carolina before attending Appalachian State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. She then returned to East Carolina University, receiving her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Caitlin has worked in the home, daycare, and school settings. Her clinical experience includes articulation and phonological delays, apraxia, fluency disorders, developmental delays, language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, tongue thrust and feeding delays. She has a particular passion for treating children with feeding delays and disorders and in working with bilingual children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, audiobooks, coaching volleyball, and running with her golden retriever, Lucy. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Anne is from North Carolina, and received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently joined KM after working for several years in Wake County Public Schools. Prior to her career with the public schools, she worked with preschool children in homes, preschools, daycare centers, and early learning centers for children with special needs. Anne has a special interest in treating young children with language delays, and enjoys working with families to develop strategies to help their children at home. She has experience with receptive and expressive language delays/disorders; articulation and phonological delays; pragmatics; fluency; developmentally delayed; cognitive delays; Down syndrome; apraxia; and autism. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, spending time with family and friends, singing with Flash Chorus, reading, travel, and yoga. Anne is licensed by the N.C board of examiners, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Brittany Simmons grew up in Connecticut before relocating to Holly Springs, NC. Shortly after moving to North Carolina, she attended East Carolina University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She then attended North Carolina Central University where she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Brittany has experience working in children’s natural environments including homes, daycares, and preschools. She has clinical experience working with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, Down syndrome, autism, fluency, apraxia, and dysphagia. Brittany believes in building strong foundations and connections with families in their natural environments to ensure that therapy is fun, engaging, and that goals are met effectively. In her free time, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and baking, and cheering on her favorite sports teams. She currently lives in Fuquay-Varina. Brittany is licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Courtney moved to Wake Forest after growing up in Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Following undergraduate studies, she worked as a paraprofessional in an elementary school special education classroom. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Throughout and following graduate school, Courtney gained experience working with a variety of ages, including preschool, elementary age, and young adults aged 18-21. Courtney has clinical experience working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing, have expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, various syndromes, developmental delays, articulation, and social skills. Courtney uses evidence-based practice while working closely with families, she believes family involvement and working as a team are key to a child’s success. In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling to the beach and places she can ski, playing board games, and exploring her new home in North Carolina. She is licensed to practice by the North Carolina Board of Examiners and holds the Clinical Certificate of Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Hannah recently moved to the Apex area from High Point, NC, after falling in love with the Raleigh/Durham area when attending Duke University in her undergraduate years. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and began her career serving the geriatric population. Hannah transitioned to pediatric service delivery after becoming a mother and finding a passion for creating linguistically-rich environments for her two children. Her clinical experience includes receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, articulation and phonological delays, fluency, cognitive/developmental delays, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, apraxia, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Hannah has a special interest in treating young children with language and articulation delays, and believes that employing fun, engaging, family-centered strategies are key to help children communicate effectively with those they love the most. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys walking outdoors with her family, cultivating indoor plants, journaling, and traveling. Hannah is licensed by the board of North Carolina and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.
Nancy lived in the mountains of North Carolina for over 35 years while providing services to a varied population in that area for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1982 from Appalachian State University and a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology from Appalachian State University in 1987. While living in the mountains, Nancy acquired extensive knowledge in evaluating and treating speech and language disorders and has interest in serving children with articulation, phonological and language delays but also enjoys treating children with verbal apraxia, autism spectrum disorder, feeding delays, cognitive delays and Down Syndrome. Nancy enjoys watching her clients and families become empowered to make positive changes in their communication within their natural environment and home setting. She has recently moved to the triangle to be closer to her family and loved ones and finds pleasure in spending time with family and friends, walking and cooking. Nancy is licensed by the NC Board of Examiners and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Ali was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. After spending 23 years in the city that raised her, she moved across the Savannah River to Augusta, Georgia to attend Augusta University in pursuit of a Masters of Health Science in Occupational Therapy. Ali gained valuable pediatric experience during this time through volunteering in Steps of Grace, a ballet class for children with special needs, providing OT intervention in a large school system, being a counselor for children with traumatic brain injuries at a summer camp, and even traveling internationally to Jamaica to serve special needs children of Mustard Seed Communities. She found her passion for working with pediatrics in these diverse experiences. Ali has clinical experience working with various diagnoses, such as, Down’s syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, muscular dystrophies, and more. Ali is excited to join the KM Pediatric Team and work with children in their natural environments to reach their highest potential! In her free time, Ali enjoys reading, being outdoors, traveling, cheering on the Gamecocks, and exploring the Raleigh area! She is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy, registered through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, and is a proud member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Marian is a native of Kingstree, South Carolina. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia College. She then attended the University of South Carolina and obtained a Master of Speech Pathology degree. As a graduate clinician, Marian served the pediatric population in various settings including: preschools, private practice, home health, daycares, and elementary schools. Marian has clinical and recreational experience serving many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has worked with the Autism Society of North Carolina since 2017. Additionally, Marian has experience serving children who have cochlear implants, expressive/receptive language delays/disorders, developmental delays, Apraxia of Speech, articulation/phonological delays/disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, fluency disorders, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, CHARGE Syndrome, and Fragile-X Syndrome. Marian believes that serving children in the natural environment allows for individualized treatment and increased caregiver training/involvement, both of which are essential to a client’s success. In her spare time, Marian enjoys spending weekends at Camp Royall, thrifting with friends, hiking, and relaxing at the lake. She is excited to join the KM team!
Brianna was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Raleigh after receiving her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Worcester State University in Massachusetts. As a graduate clinician, Brianna gained experience working with clients across the lifespan, from 2-78 years of age, in private practices and the public school system. Her clinical experiences include expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, fluency, speech-sound production, voice, social communication, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, accent modification, and hearing-impairment. Brianna has a special interest in working closely with caregivers to help them facilitate carryover techniques outside of therapy sessions. She believes family-centered approaches and serving the child in their natural environment yields the greatest participation and progress. Along with in-person services, Brianna also has a passion for teletherapy! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, going to sporting events, and watching movies. Brianna is excited to continue exploring the Raleigh area and working with the KM team! She is licensed to practice by the North Carolina Board of Examiners of SLP’s.
If you are interested in learning more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Stephanie Molina. We look forward to learning more about you!