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What We Believe

Your voice matters.

No one knows a child better than his or her caregivers

Everyone has an important role.

Providing families with information and training empowers them to understand and support their children

We’re all in this together.

Family participation in therapy and consistent home practice makes for speedier progress

Positive attitudes = positive outcomes.

Our job is to foster self-esteem by using positive approaches and building upon success


Who We Are

Sora Pediatric Therapy was founded in 2004. Our mission was (and remains) to provide exceptional therapy to children with developmental delays and other disorders in a way that maximizes every child’s opportunities for success and growth. In the last decade and a half, we’ve helped thousands of kids improve in all areas of development. A commitment to serving kids and their families is at the core of everything we do, as is our belief that therapy works best when the entire family is part of the process. We begin every journey with new clients by meeting them “where they are” and pride ourselves on building strong relationships with children and their families.

And in case you were wondering about our name…

A sora is a small bird that most of us see each spring. Like the kids that we work with every day, a sora is small but mighty. With their short wings and little bodies, the birds don’t look like they could fly very far, but in fact they migrate hundreds of miles every year. Like our kids, they’re capable of more than any of us can imagine. And phonetically, we love that you can’t help but think of the word “soar” when you say “Sora”. It reflects our high aspirations for our clients and staff alike. There’s nothing more important to us than helping kids find their wings and fly in a playful, inclusive and supportive environment.

  “Sora is nothing short of AMAZING, and has been a life saver for my family. My son LOVES coming to see all the wonderful people here, and he has made enormous strides in his development. I have never met such kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating therapy staff. We are so lucky to be a part of this great place and I highly recommend them for anyone who has a child in need of speech, food, occupational, or physical therapies… they have it all. We couldn’t be more thankful for them.”

Staff and Leadership

Sora Pediatric Therapy is staffed by a team of qualified, caring and committed professionals who love what they do. Sora is unique in that everyone on our leadership team is a practicing therapist as well.

Owner and Founder Melissa Lonsky, M.A., CCC-SLP has been practicing as a pediatric, speech-language pathologist for 20 years. Melissa is a graduate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Leadership in Healthcare program. She has served as a member of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MnSHA) Executive Council for seven years, including her term as President in 2018.

Learn more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.