We had the good fortune of connecting with Mallory Griffith and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mallory, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had always envisioned my career shifting into a leadership role as I gained experience within my field. While I love the therapeutic side of being a speech pathologist, I find great joy in creating new content, exploring ideas, and collaborating with others. For me, I imagined I would work at a clinic and gradually buy in to it.

Having children bumped up my timeline. Suddenly, having control over my own schedule and direction of my business decisions took priority. I doubt there is a time when starting your own business feels “comfy” – five years ago is the time that it felt “right”. I am so grateful for the encouragement and support from my people that helped me take the leap!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a speech language pathologist who primarily supports clients who are neurodiverse. I run a cash-pay business and rely on referrals from within our community of providers. I’ve collaborated on a couple of books, I contribute to autism magazines, and I spend a lot of time contemplating best practice and real results. This journey of establishing my own practice has been 100% worth it.

I am passionate about helping people on the spectrum achieve their goals. Gone are the days of memorizing scripts and rules. I love collaborative goal setting, identifying strategies, and helping clients find opportunities to use their skills. I see people individually as well as facilitate several groups. Just like meeting and building my professional community through networking – I LOVE connecting families and clients with others to help their community as well.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Fort Collins is the absolute best! A few things on our summer to do list, includes:

1) Horsetooth Lake/Lory State Park – lots of hiking, water-sports, or just playing in the sand (if you have littles!)
2) Noosa Yogurt Factory Tour – check out the “dairy-go-round”
3) Little Bird Bakery and Old Town Splash Pad (enjoy your coffee while your kids go wild)
4) Breweries! I love them all. New Belgium has a great tour if you’re lucky enough to get a spot
5) Dinner at Little on Mountain, ride the trolley into Old Town afterward

There is simply so much fun to be had here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I share office space with a group of smart, funny, outstanding women. I’m so lucky. (Check out the Social Learning Project!)

I will forever be indebted to Rachel Bedard, Fort Collins psychologist and autism guru. Dr. Bedard’s generosity and knowledge helped shape my early ideas of what my own practice might look like. New things can be daunting! I am so lucky to have a friend and colleague who is both brilliant and kind.

Website: https://www.mallorygriffithslp.com/

Image Credits
Shauna Beth Photography

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