Karen Williams, M.S. CCC-SLP
is the owner of Homegrown, PLLC and a certified speech-language pathologist. She is accredited on a state level by the North Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and on a national level by the American Speech and Hearing Association. She lives in Apex, North Carolina and grew up in the Raleigh area. She enjoys baking legendary chocolate chip cookies, being outside, singing, learning to play the piano, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and kids.
Karen graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Choral Music. She earned her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Karen feels grateful to now be focused on the early intervention population, as she enjoys empowering children in their journey of language, speech, and feeding development. Her clinical experience includes providing therapy in the hospital, private practice, preschool, home, and school settings with people of all ages. Her specific interests include pediatric feeding, language development, articulation, and voice disorders. While pursuing her graduate degree in Boston, Karen was a member of the Northeastern University Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, as well as the National Speech Language and Hearing Association. Karen has enjoyed the opportunity to provide therapy to children diagnosed with Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder, Dysphagia, Phonological Disorder, Childhood Onset Fluency Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.
Karen has enjoyed clinical experiences working in the Boston public school system in a language literacy program with children in Kindergarten, as well as in the Malden public school system in Massachusetts to provide evaluations and therapy to kids in grades K-12. Karen spent time at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary working with patients on vocal rehabilitation and post-laryngectomy care. While there, she completed voice evaluations, conducted voice therapy, and assisted with tracheoesophageal prosthesis care. Karen discovered her passion for pediatric speech and feeding therapy during her time at a private practice that conducted feeding and swallowing evaluations, speech and language evaluations, and therapy with children and adults. She actively observed many instrumental evaluations that included FEES and videostroboscopy feeding evaluations, as well as conducted feeding, speech and language, and voice therapy.