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Empowering Light Language LLC

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"Your voice is not your instrument. Your voice is the character that you build, your innermost feelings, the things that you want to say, and your instrument is the vehicle that you use to carry the message."

- Dianne Reeves

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What if your child's difficulties, challenges and diagnoses are gifts and capacities? For some families it can seem like their child isn't being seen for who they truly are, their strengths and interests and the contribution they are to the world. What would it be like if you had a therapist who knew your child was a gift and that the world was better with them in it? What if you had someone who took into account the wealth of knowledge and awareness you have about your child and worked with you to empower them to have the life that's uniquely possible with them?  

Our speech-therapy sessions are a space for you and your child to be seen, heard and empowered to acknowledge what you already know,  to consider what else is possible for your child, for yourself and for your family! What would it take to expand your child's abilities with ease, joy and glory? What if it could be way more fun than you have ever considered?


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What if you have a unique way of expressing yourself and receiving input from the world? We are very aware of the world around us. What if you knew there was nothing wrong with you and you could use your voice and how you show up in the world to your advantage more effectively?


Our sessions will be a platform for you to discover your voice, recognize in which way you best communicate and receive information and get out of judgment of yourself in order for you to have your voice in the world even more!


What if your difficulties, challenges or diagnoses are gifts and capacities? That's where we will begin and create and choose what will work for you from there!


How much more ease, clarity and joy could you have expressing yourself?



Consultations can be conducted via phone, web-chat or in-person in the Charlotte, NC area. After discussion of concerns and/or a direct observation, recommendations tailored to the client’s individual needs are provided which may consist of suggested services, evaluations, strategies and supports.

Speech-Language, Feeding, Learning-Behavioral Therapies
When treatment has been chosen, the client and/or family will have an individualized plan considering their strengths, gifts and interests in order to target the areas and skills that are challenging. It is recommended that therapy include parent involvement when the client is a child and/or a home program in order to support the client’s progress.


Private evaluations are available for Speech-Language, Learning-Behavior and Feeding concerns. Evaluations can be conducted in the home, work or school for clients in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Remote testing from an online platform can also be conducted for those out of the area and when deemed appropriate. ​Testing protocols and areas assessed will be guided by expressed concerns and in line with what is required for the client, family or school to have a more comprehensive knowledge and awareness of strengths and challenges in order to better support them and create an individualized intervention plan if appropriate.






Ms. Rivas has been an awesome speech therapist for my son. She’s the only one who’s been consistent the last few years and during the pandemic. My son is able to answer questions with little prompts, have a conversation and sequence sentences about videos and stories. She supports our efforts in incorporating these skills into his daily routines. He wasn’t able to do any of this before we started with her two years ago and I was indirectly, and sometimes directly, told that this would not be possible for him to ever be able to do from other therapists and educators. As soon as I met her, and she started working with my son, I knew something different was going to show up. He is so happy to see her and working with her has given me so much peace of mind and clarity on what will work for my son now and moving forward.

Katherine T.

Siris has been amazing.  She is caring and attentive.  She has a way of finding exactly what works for our kiddos and focusing the conversation on their personal needs.  Both kids have seen great improvement so far in only a few short sessions.  Siris does a fabulous job of keeping us in the loop and helping our family as a whole work together for progress.  We will also be looping in all teachers and caregivers to ensure we have a united front in overall support.  We are grateful to have met Siris and truly appreciate her approach.  We highly recommend her services!

Sarah P. 

We have had many different speech therapists for our son. Sessions where it was Q/A or so dry and uninspired that I was even bored.  It's been a long time that we felt that someone "got" our son but Siris does. She has a very keen understanding on how to create a session with him that he participates in and enjoys. It's also a unique change to actually have someone help guide you through a session and help you navigate what your child needs in order to be engaged. I am now observing my son through a better lens. What does his body need? Is he bored? Is the session too slow or fast? Does he need a break?  I see my son asking and answering questions, showing enthusiasm and excitement.​ 


Just because your child doesn't "perform" doesn't mean that they are not capable.  You just need the right person who has the right approach to help your child grow. Thank you Siris! So happy to have met you.


Lisa C.

Siris’ approach is working with the whole family and child.  She is very interested in what he is experiencing day to day – socially, physically, emotionally.  She integrates all these pieces in her approach, and she is knowledgeable about all these pieces, too.


Our son has both speech delay as well as Apraxia.  He also has developmental delays.  Over the time that our son has worked with Siris, his articulation has improved immensely.  He is also able to engage in short conversations with people, taking turns in asking questions, providing information, etc.  Siris has also been working with our son on his grammar.  Since he is not a native English speaker, she has helped him make significant gains in grammar such as past tense, pronouns, plurals, verbs including irregular verbs, and using “do” vs “does”. 


Our son has a very good rapport with Siris.  She is so attuned to the emotions of the child during therapy and knows when to switch up activities.  She is also very proficient at teletherapy (as she has been doing it for a long time).  She has many visual activities and kinesthetic activities to engage the learner. 


We are so pleased with the progress our son has made, particularly during the time he has been working with Siris.


Celia B.

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