Aleisha Allen: From Actress to Speech Pathologist

When Aleisha Allen appeared on the big screen in the movie “Are We There Yet,” with Ice Cube and Nia Long, she was only an adorable fourteen-year-old girl. In the film, they gave Ice Cube’s character, Nick Pearsons a run for his money, which resulted in various hilarious moments. The film’s success led to the release of the 2007 sequel “Are We Done Yet?” adding to the franchise’s success. Even before that, the young actress was seen everywhere in the hit movie, “School of Rock” with Jack Black when she was only 12. But she’s been acting years before that starting her career at age four.

Now, fast-forward years later, Allen is a beautiful 31-year-old woman with more than just acting under her belt; she’s a speech pathologist.

That’s right, the young girl who played the boisterous and protective daughter of Nia Long in “Are We There Yet” is a Pace University and Columbia University alum. And since the pandemic, she’s been working in her new career while changing lives.

“When I decided to study Communication Science & Disorders as a Medical Speech-Language Pathologist, I saw the parallels between performance and providing therapy—and pretty much geeked out,” Allen shares in an interview with The Shade Room.

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