Hi Renee! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Renee Cavazos Kreisner, and I’m a native Texan who has lived in Austin for the past 12 years. I’ve been married to my husband Jonathon for 7 years this fall, and we have one dinosaur and monster truck-loving 4-year-old son named Jeremy. I started my career as a teacher in the Rio Grande Valley. Working with the special education department inspired me to go back to school for my master’s in speech language pathology. I’ve been a pediatric speech therapist for over 7 years now, and it is one of greatest passions. The most gratifying feeling is to help a child meet their goals and graduate speech. When I am not working, you’ll catch me gardening and stopping by The Great Outdoors to “browse” all of their plants. I also enjoy exploring parks with my son, practicing yoga, singing every Disney song, and a competitive pickleball game.
Tell us more about Prism Speech ATX:
I opened my business Prism Speech ATX this spring. Prism Speech ATX is an in-person speech therapy private practice that specializes in speech delay, language delay, feeding difficulties/picky eating, identifying tongue tie/treating “tongue thrust” and oral motor therapy. In 2021, I started working on a secondary certification to become an Orofacial Myologist to treat children and adults. An Orofacial Myologist treats the muscles of the mouth as they relate to speech, dentition, eating/chewing, swallowing, sleep, posture, breathing, TMJ disorder, teeth grinding and overall mental and physical health. If a child has speech delay (especially with sounds k, g, l, s, r, sh, ch) feeding difficulties, disordered sleep/snoring, mouth breathing, suspected tongue tie, history of unsuccessful breastfeeding, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, anxiety/dysregulation, seeing a speech therapist that is trained in orofacial myology is highly recommended.
Something that sets Prism Speech apart is that we support the whole family and diagnose and treat children with an integrative, collaborative model. My mission as a therapist is to create a safe space where children can be their most awesome selves, grow and thrive while providing their families with support, parent coaching and resources to enable and empower them to be their child’s best teacher and advocate.
Prism Speech works with a team of professionals in the Austin area, like occupational therapists, physical therapists, ENTs, pediatric dentists and orthodontist, and craniosacral therapists, to refer to based on your child’s specific needs. A team approach to treatment helps your child make the most progress and get the most out of therapy and facilitates long-lasting, positive growth that will be seen across environments.
My son is the main reason why I opened my business. When I became a parent, I became very motivated to work on my mental and physical health to be able to show up as my best, regulated self.
I struggled to parent a child that from the beginning was colicky, had reflux, rarely slept well, had breastfeeding and feeding difficulties related to tongue tie, and body tension that negatively impacted his motor skill development. My career was in early intervention, and I was struggling to get my son the help that he needed. My mental health plummeted postpartum under the weight of motherhood with a high-needs, colicky baby. When my son was 8-months old, I asked for help over suffering in isolation. I was given supports to help my mental and physical health, and it changed my life. I’ve worked so hard to become a healthier, peaceful, regulated person for myself, for my son and for the children and families I work for every day. My mission as a therapist and business owner is to be involved in my community, provide free education through workshops and social media, hold space and give support to the families I work with, and provide quality therapy.