Me & My Practice
I obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies and Bio-medical Ethics. I LOVED college and I don't regret my major at all. My ethics influence my practice every day. After working for a DC area contractor for 1 year, I returned to school and received a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the George Washington University.
I started out working for the Montgomery County Infants and Toddlers Program. Soon after that I formed a very successful company, Sense-Ational Playtime, LLC. I closed up shop though after 10 years when my 4th son was born. Now I'm just a small company which seems to work well for both my clients and I. I'm a mom first, but make no mistake, I do love my job and I give my all. My home office atmosphere is very relaxed.
I've been blissfully married to my husband Michael for almost 16+ years. We have 4 boys, Matthew, Jonathan, Timothy, and Christopher. I volunteer as often as I can in between work and being a mom. I coach soccer and volunteer in the classroom. I love reading and yoga. Most recently I've taken up a meditation practice which I highly recommend!
I have extensive experience in the areas of oral motor development and apraxia. I am PROMPT trained and specialize in articulation therapy for children of any age. I also specialize in early intervention for children birth to 5. In the past I've run classes, social skills groups, and a summer camp for children with special needs. In my latest endeavor, I am developing a series of educational video clips to describe and model strategies for parents and am starting a blog. Please let me know what you think!
For groups or individual therapy, I always pull from a HUGE bag of tricks and go with what works best for you and your child. I design a step-by-step plan for each child and never use a "cookie cutter" approach.
My pediatric practice is based on the belief that parents, teachers, therapists, and students should work together to empower each child to achieve his or her personal best. I am absolutely committed to this goal. As a result, my entire business is built on client referrals. My clients (and their parents) see and hear results.
I do, on occasion, work with adults in the area of accent reduction, articulation therapy, and voice therapy.
I have tons of references; so if you'd like to talk with any, please ask!
I would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and work with your family.
I am passionate about giving. I firmly believe if we all do a little, the world would be a truly better place. I am actively involved with A Wider Circle, SOME, and Bethesda Cares.
Autism Speaks, Special Olympics, and Operation Smile are great charities and piggy help kids that I'm passionate about helping too!
Our children are the volunteers and leaders of our future. Spark the Wave is a fantastic organization that trains our youth for that future. I highly recommend that you check it out!
- Speech-Language Evaluation
- Direct Therapeutic Intervention
- PROMPT Intervention
- Voice Therapy
- School visits at Sidwell Friends Lower School and Geneva Day School, other locations may be available upon request
- Home Programs
- Ongoing Monitoring
- Customized Groups - You gather the group and tell me the need; I'll create a customized group program that fits.
- Articulation Therapy available for older students via Skype or FaceTime.
- Voice Therapy via Skype or FaceTime. This is particularly good for adults with vocal nodules, hoarse voice, or accents who would like to learn how to change their voice patterns.
- Consultation to parents of young children available via Skype or FaceTime. This is a great option for families who don't have easy access to a qualified therapist and would like to develop a "home program" with periodic guidance from a pediatric therapist. Consultations can also occur over email and or phone.