Emily Derby, B.A. SLPA

Emily Derby

My name is Emily Derby. I live in San Diego, California, although I'm originally from Annapolis, Maryland. I obtained my SLPA certificate and Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2021. I have worked with children ever since I was a camp counselor as a teenager, and I absolutely love working with them as an SLPA!Outside of work, you can find me making jewelry, painting, or learning a new instrument.

Outside of work, you can find me making jewelry, painting, or learning a new instrument. I like to play the guitar and the piano.

Happy girl surrounded by bubbles outlining features of a full psychoeducational learning assessment from parallel learning


Social Skills

Executive Functioning


Receptive Language Disorder

Expressive Language Disorders

Phonological and Articulation Disorders


Elementary School





What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?

School can be an extremely overwhelming and intimidating environment to learn in. It's easy to compare yourself to your classmates and feel discouraged, and that's something I've experienced myself. The reality is everyone has their struggles in school, some struggles just look different than others. You are just as capable of learning, succeeding, and beyond!

Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I'm passionate because I strongly believe that every student is capable of success, there are just some that need support to reach their full potential. I love to be a person in a student's life that not only helps them in their day-to-day learning, but also sets them up with the tools and confidence for their future learning.

What gets you excited about Parallel?

Teletherapy is an exciting new method of therapy because it has allowed the possibilities of therapy access to reach more than ever before. COVID began to challenge the world as I began to observe sessions as a student, and it was fascinating to witness therapists adapt their practice virtually. I feel that as technology grows, the potentials within teletherapy grow as well. Parallel is awesome because as a fully virtual company, it gives providers the opportunity to master what I think is the future of therapy, and opens up opportunities for clients to get the quality services they deserve, eliminating limiting factors such as location, distance, medical conditions, etc.

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