Kelsey is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologist who is also licensed by the state of North Carolina. Kelsey earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she earned awards for academic achievement and research. Kelsey is also certified in PROMPT (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapy and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and has training in Floortime, the Social Thinking curriculum, and the Zones of Regulation program.
Kelsey has worked in pediatric private practice since 2015, first at Playworks, a private practice in Arlington, VA and most recently at Back Bay Speech Therapy in Boston, MA. Through both of these positions, Kelsey has served children birth to 22 in the home, school, daycare, and clinic settings. Kelsey has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria, Down Syndrome, expressive/receptive language disorder, fluency, articulation/phonological disorder, as well as a number of genetic and feeding disorders. Notably, Kelsey has specific experience treating children with apraxia and working with school age children on higher level language processing, executive functioning skills, and reading.
Kelsey feels passionate about equipping children and their families with the tools necessary to achieve functional skills across settings. She loves to incorporate play and child interest into therapy to keep learning motivating and engaging. Working closely with families and caregivers are fundamental to her therapy approach.
Kelsey Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP
Samantha Canipe, MS, CCC-SLP
Samantha grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina before earning a double major in Psychology and English at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Samantha moved to Marianna, Arkansas where she began a career as a teacher with Teach for America. As a teacher, she developed a passion for working collaboratively with children and their caregivers to achieve growth. After 8 years in the classroom, including 3 years in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district, she returned to graduate school, where she earned her Masters of Science in Communication Disorder. Samantha’s clinical experiences include working in homes, daycares, preschools, public schools and skilled nursing facilities. While in these settings, Samantha has worked with articulation and phonological delays, expressive and receptive language delays, apraxia, Children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, dysphagia, pragmatics and social communication, fluency, cognitive impairments and aphasia. She has received special training in working with the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Samantha has a passion for working with children that started when she coached swim team at age 15 and has continued throughout her career. She believes in working with caregivers to help a child reach their full potential. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and dog, reading a good book, watching movies and relaxing at the beach. She is licensed by the board of North Carolina, and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. She looks forward to working with you and your child!