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Child In Speech Therapy


Joy Speech and Dyslexia is a private and locally owned company in Friendswood, Texas providing services to pediatrics with communication and literacy difficulties.

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Speech Therapy 

Mission Statement

At Joy Speech and Dyslexia, we believe that providing a collaborative approach that equips and empowers the families we serve will lead to maximum results for our clients. You will find experienced, caring, and invested therapists who create a functional and fun environment. We prioritize relationships over all else and feel that supporting a child goes beyond "just therapy".

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Renee Penny, M.A. CCC-SLP, CALT

Owner, Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Academic Language Therapist

Renee and her husband moved to Friendswood in 2010 where they have since raised their 3 kids. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Speech-Pathology and Audiology at the University of Texas at Dallas and Master’s of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and has completed the Neuhaus Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program which requires 200 hours in dyslexia-related coursework, 700 supervised practica hours, and other preparation requirements. 


Renee has over 15 years of experience working in public school and private settings with children 3-16 years old with language-based literacy disorders, fluency disorders, articulation and phonological delays/disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and language delays/disorders. She has received specialized training in Social Thinking, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Neuhaus Basic Language Skills (Books 1-3), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and many other areas including fluency/stuttering, assistive technology, and best practice evaluation procedures. 


Renee has a passion for working with dyslexia and language related reading difficulties and approaches speech therapy through literacy based activities when possible. She believes in integrating pre-literacy and literacy skills as early as possible for prevention of later difficulties for those at-risk.


Outside of her time at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She also has two fur babies Millie, a Golden Retriever and Max, a Golden Doodle. Renee loves coffee, vacations, and naps.


Meet the Team

Nikki Riley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Nikki grew up in Friendswood, TX and graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2011 with her bachelor's degree in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences and graduated in 2013 with her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. After graduation, she worked in Lubbock with Early Childhood Intervention before moving back to Friendswood to start a family.  Since then she has worked in early childhood intervention and as a school-based speech therapist with children of all ages.  Her experience includes articulation, fluency, language delays/disorders, and Autism. She has received trainings in Social Thinking, assistive technology, and orofacial myology.


In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, three kids, and two Dalmatians!



402 E Edgewood Dr.

Suite  D

Friendswood, TX 77546


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"We were at a loss when our son was diagnosed with dyslexia and exhausted with what few resources were available at school to no avail when we found Renee Penny. She worked with our son for 3 years outside of school where he was taught the fundamentals of phonemic language, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a manner he could understand. He went from a frustrated and struggling 3rd grader who didn't like reading at all to a thriving and confident 6th grader! Renee exhibited nothing but extreme kindness, patience, and never-ending support to help him overcome his deficiencies and taught him unique strategies he continues to utilize to be successful in school and in life. She deeply cares about her students, and this shines through in the amazing results you see when working with her!"

Liz H.

"I can't say enough about Mrs. Riley and the impact she has had on our son. At the age of 4, our son began speech therapy with her and has continued through age 7. Her kindness, patience, professionalism, enthusiasm, and genuine heart shone through in every session; above all else she made speech FUN for our child. His progress and goals were met ahead of the anticipated schedule and he always looked forward to going back to his next session with Mrs. Riley. Her communication has been excellent and we've appreciated knowing areas where we can do our part at home to reinforce his goals. She has not only helped our son with his speech-specially pronunciation and articulation - but also with his confidence. He has never felt like speech was "work" and hasn't ever left a session with Mrs. Riley without a huge smile. If you are considering speech services for your child, we cannot recommend anyone better!"

Brianne M.

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