MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.
Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
Today’s featured MOMpreneur is the founder of THE online solution for speech therapy and mom of 3, Avivit Ben-Aharon! Online speech therapy courses for kids.
One of the TV constants in my house when I was growing up was the classic soap opera, The Young and the Restless. My maternal grandparents are French-Canadian and my mom used to tell me that when she and her family emigrated from Canada to the Bahamas (yes Freeport, Grand Bahama Island), they didn’t speak a “lick of English.” So, they would often watch that soap to help get a better grasp on the language.
In my mom’s own words: English is hard. And, if your child has a speech disorder, I know as a parent, you’re probably dealing with your own set of challenges. Our featured Mompreneur this week, the Clinical Director of Gr8 Speech, has had experience with both sides, learning another language AND treating kids with speech disorders.
And, I’m sure she’s more qualified to treat your children than the The Young and the Restless!
Tell us about your background and how you got started with Gr8 Speech Therapy…
“My family immigrated to New York when I was 14 and I did not speak a word of English. Talk about bad timing! There is nothing worse than sitting in class and not being able to participate in the conversation. But, I was very determined and learned English within a year, finished high school and college and received a masters in special education. I then decided to apply for a degree in speech therapy,” said Avivit.
“I love working as a speech therapist, but I was extremely frustrated with the inaccessibility of the process. Several years ago, I took my middle son to a local clinic for occupational therapy and in the waiting room sat a young mom with two children, desperately trying to feed one child while helping the other with homework. She shared her frustration about having to take her whole family to her son’s speech therapy sessions. The experience spurred me to think that speech therapy lent itself to an online alternative.”
How is Gr8 Speech unique in addition to being an online alternative?
- Gr8 Speech is owned and managed by a licensed speech and language pathologist. What that means for the client is clinical issues are the focus of our treatment.
- The merging of technology and speech therapy offers a huge advantage for the client.
- No matter where you live, you have access to specific specialists who are available to treat you in the privacy of your home, at a time that is mutually convenient.
- Gr8 Speech consists of a team of therapists who are carefully selected because of their unique skill set and are licensed to practice in 17 states, provide therapy on three continents in multiple languages to clients, ages 5 to 85 years of age.
- The range of treated speech disorders is broad and includes articulation, accent modification, stuttering, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, Asperger Syndrome, Autism and Alzheimer’s.
Gr8 Speech maximizes time and minimizes possible disruptions such as work-schedule conflicts (caregivers or patients), weather or forgetfulness which can all contribute to lack of progress and an overextended duration of therapy. You can continue with the same therapist if you move or the therapist moves and can even have sessions while on vacation.
Bottom Line: The result is consistency in care and general improvement over a shorter period of time.
What is your company vision for the next few years ahead?
Avivit explained, “We envision growth for our team, in terms of numbers of therapists and areas of specialization, as well as an increase in the number of states where we are licensed.”
What do you love about living and working in South Florida?
“I love the diversity of South Florida, the wide variety of cultures and the way they blend together. And then there is the weather; I wake up every morning and see the sun…who wouldn’t be happy living here?” said Avivit. 🙂
I love it when someone comes up with a more convenient solution to a mommy-problem! Bravo Avivit! Online speech therapy courses for kids!
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