Speech-Language Pathologist PROMPT Trained Hanen Certified Fluent in ASL
Kelli, owner and lead speech-language pathologist, treats all Little Hands clients like family and celebrates their milestones as enthusiastically as if they were her own children!
She primarily works with children ages zero to five. Her specialty areas include spoken language and sign language development for children who are Deaf/ hard of hearing, feeding and swallowing disorders, and children with complex medical needs.
Kelli received her master’s degree at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, and has been continuing her education ever since. Kelli is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a two-time ASHA ACE award recipient. Kelli has additional training in:
Listening and spoken language development from the Central Institute of the Deaf
American Sign Language (ASL) and acquisition of a signed language in children who are Deaf/hard of hearing
Hanen Certification in the It Takes Two to Talk program
Therapeutic feeding and swallowing programs including the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach, Catherine Shaker’s pediatric and NICU courses, and orofacial myofunctional therapy.
PROMPT, an approach used in the treatment of apraxia.
Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) for autism and developmental disabilities.
Kelli is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and passionate about providing children who are Deaf/hard of hearing access to language. She leads a family support group in Loudoun called Loudoun’s Bilingual ASL families. Kelli lives in Brambleton, VA with her husband and three sons.
“The close relationship I build with parents and caregivers helps guide and empower them with the tools and confidence essential to helping their children.”
Speech-Language Pathologist PROMPT Trained Fluent in Spanish
Amanda first became interested in speech pathology at the age of five when her brother received speech therapy for a language delay. She has always been interested in working with people and absolutely adores playing with children and watching them develop. Her journalism background, coupled with her speech training, has allowed her to solidify her love of words, language and helping others.
Amanda has experience with children with various needs in both private and public school settings conducting individual and group therapy and working through the IEP process. She has participated in various trainings including PROMPT, PECS, DIRFloortime, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking, Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP), TalkTools oral placement therapy, Beckman Oral Motor, Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars, several childhood apraxia of speech trainings and a course on executive functioning. Amanda is fluent in Spanish and has facilitated bilingual meetings, evaluations and therapy sessions.
Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Spanish from New York University and her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from George Washington University. She is a member of ASHA and is licensed to practice speech pathology in Virginia.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys exploring Loudoun County with her husband, three daughters and dog, and cheering on a variety of sports teams (Go Yankees!)
“It’s so much fun seeing kids in their natural environment and being able to assist in the improvement of their communication skills. I love playing games with kids, but most importantly I love giving them a voice!”
A lifelong Loudoun County resident, Angie decided to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist in high school after seeing her younger brother with Down syndrome receive both early intervention and private speech-language therapy from infancy. She has experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children in public schools and private outpatient clinical settings. She enjoys working with children with articulation and phonological disorders including apraxia, expressive and receptive language disorder, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and picky eating.
Angie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Missouri State University. She is PROMPT and DTTC trained, approaches used for apraxia of speech, as well as in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) for autism and developmental disabilities.
Angie lives near Lovettsville with her husband, son, daughter and dog.
“I love celebrating all the little growing moments with kids and their families.”
Annie first became interested in speech pathology after observing and participating in speech sessions with her younger sister both at home and in the clinic.
Annie went on to earn both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has previous experience in a private outpatient setting working with children ranging from two to 21 years old to target a variety of skills. Annie especially enjoys finding ways to incorporate music into sessions as well as working with preschool children and their families to build language skills through routines in their busy schedules.
Annie is a member of ASHA and is licensed to practice speech pathology in Virginia. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family (especially her new nephew), traveling and singing.
“I love getting to know my families and their unique interests and values so that we can incorporate speech and language skills into their daily routines together.”
Christiana developed a desire to become a speech-language pathologist after working in a middle school special education classroom in her hometown in Illinois. She was inspired by the way the speech therapist differentiated her approach with each child to improve their communication.
She has worked within the education system in Palm Beach County, FL and Charles County, MD with preschool to high school age students with a wide range of speech and phonology disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, stuttering, AAC users, autism spectrum and Down syndrome. Additionally, she has experience providing Portuguese assessments in the Palm Beach county school district for families and children who spoke Portuguese. Christiana received her communication disorders undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and graduate degree from Florida State University.
In her free time, Christiana enjoys trips to beaches and waterfalls, reading, meditation and spending time with her family.
“I love being a part of the unique journey each child and their family take towards communication development and fostering a relationship that helps each person better communicate.”
Speech-Language Pathologist Preschool Language 35 Years Experience
For over 35 years, Dawn has been working with preschool and elementary aged children in the Cerebral Palsy Center in upstate New York, the early intervention program in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties and the Fairfax and Loudoun County public schools. Dawn has experience with children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and apraxia. She especially enjoys working with preschool children with language delays, with an emphasis on augmentative communication and pragmatics.
Dawn received her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the State University of New York in Geneseo and received her master’s degree in speech pathology from Syracuse University.
Dawn lives in Herndon, VA with her family and enjoys gardening, the beach and traveling.
“I love that moment when I connect with a child and see that sparkle in their eyes and joy on their face! Learning is always more successful when it’s fun!”
Erika has worked with children from toddlers to teenagers both in school and clinical settings. Her expertise is in kids with receptive and expressive language disorders, ASD, picky eating and executive functioning issues.
Erika received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Arizona. She is a member of ASHA and holds a license to practice speech-language pathology in the state of Virginia.
Erika lives in Leesburg with her husband and four young children. In her free time she loves reading, traveling and being outdoors with her family.
“I am passionate about helping children learn communication skills by following their lead in their own environment. I love to work with families and show them that meaningful language learning can be fun for everyone!”
Erin has extensive experience working with children and families in the early intervention and elementary age populations across educational and clinical settings. She especially enjoys working with children who have speech sound disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, autism spectrum disorder and stuttering.
Erin received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Penn State University. Erin is Hanen certified for the It Takes Two to Talk program and has been trained in PECs.
Erin lives in Leesburg with her husband, three sons and dog. She loves spending time being active outdoors and cheering on her kids in various sports.
“I love creating a better communication outcome for children and families through embedding speech and language goals into purposeful play. It’s so important to “look for the smile” because that is where you find the motivation to learn and grow!”
Gillian is an experienced speech-language pathologist having 20+ years in a variety of pediatric environments including hospitals, private settings, early intervention and schools. Having supervised a team of SLPs in a pediatric hospital, she is experienced with children with medically-complex needs from NICU to teens including feeding and swallowing and cleft lip/palate. Gillian has a special interest in speech disorders, feeding and swallowing, and early speech and language development. She is experienced in working with children with apraxia, hyper-nasal speech, oral motor/oral myo-functional disorders and early intervention.
Gillian earned her master’s degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is PROMPT, PECS and SOS trained and early intervention certified. She has been trained in the Hanen method for communication development in the 0-5 population and DIR/Floortime. As a current and past ASHA ACE award recipient for continuing education, she has additional training in feeding and swallowing, childhood apraxia of speech, resonance disorders, oral myo-functional disorders and NDT. Gillian also has extensive social thinking training.
She lives in Ashburn and enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and lovable goldendoodle.
“As a partner in their journey, I enjoy collaborating with families to facilitate functional skill development in their children. The most rewarding part of my day is sharing in the joy and celebration of a child achieving a new skill.”
Before joining Little Hands Pediatric Therapy, Judy worked for 10 years with special education preschool students within Montgomery County Public Schools. She has a wide range of experience treating speech-language delays and disorders in children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, apraxia, cleft palate, hearing loss and a variety of neuro-genetic disorders.
Judy received her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Judy holds the certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in Virginia and Maryland. She is PROMPT-trained, certified in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program and is trained in AAC, visual phonics and basic sign language. In addition, Judy has worked with adults seeking accent modification and is certified with the Institute of Language and Phonology.
Judy moved to Ashburn a few years ago and enjoys nature walks, photography and art.
“Every person, no matter how small, deserves to experience the power of connecting through language! It is an honor and a joy to be part of the process and to share the journey with families.”
Katie specializes in developmental and intellectual disabilities and was the former director of speech-language pathology at the Northern Virginia Training center. She has provided SLP services over the past 15 years in a variety of settings including public and private schools, private practice, home health and long term care. Katie has treated children and adults with dysphagia, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ASD, dyslexia, language learning disorders, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and many neuro-biological disorders. Katie’s expertise in communication and behavior allows her to combine basic principles of human behavior to her speech interventions maximizing results and increasing independence for her clients.
Katie is a native of northern Virginia and earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from George Washington University. Katie received her BCBA through study at the University of North Texas. Katie is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Katie holds certification in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), is PROMPT and Beckman Oral Motor trained and is licensed to practice in Virginia.
Katie lives in Reston with her family. In her free time she teaches Zumba for adults with disabilities at Service Source and enjoys spending time outside with her kids.
“I enjoy helping families find language learning opportunities throughout daily routines: strengthening relationships and building communication skills for life!”
Katie comes to Little Hands Pediatric Therapy with eight years of experience as a Loudoun County Public School middle and high school speech-language pathologist and three years as a specialized instructional facilitator for assistive technology. She has treated children for language, articulation, stuttering, voice disorder and children with conditions including Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. Katie is especially passionate about working with children with behaviors, multiple disabilities and AAC users. Katie coaches teachers, parents and staff in choosing and implementing AAC systems that allow children to say whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want.
Katie received her bachelor’s degree in English from Mary Washington University and her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Longwood University.
“When designing treatment, I believe in an individualized approach that considers the needs and preferences of the child and the people who communicate with them.”
Occupational Therapist Handwriting Without Tears Therapeutic Listening
Brittany is personable, engaging, creative and aims to make therapy sessions holistic and fun all while inspiring children to be their best selves. As a clinician, she has worked with children in outpatient clinics, school settings, occupational therapy summer camps and group therapy. She has experience working with children ranging from birth to adolescence with conditions including autism, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, genetic conditions, cerebral palsy, TBI and CVI. She is familiar with providing therapy within interaction groups using the DIR/Floortime model with preschool-aged children.
Brittany received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College. She is trained in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) for autism and developmental disabilities.
Brittany lives in Purcellville, and enjoys gardening, skiing, biking, hiking and spending time with her husband, daughter and dog.
“I believe that therapy for all kids should include a little dose of FUN. True learning occurs when a child is motivated and interested, and adding a bit of fun does just that!”
Dr. Erin graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with her doctorate in occupational therapy in 2021. She has experience in pediatric and general outpatient clinics, schools and mental health settings. She has worked with children with diagnoses ranging from autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, neonatal/infant strokes, traumatic brain injuries and general motor coordination.
Erin aims to create a fun and safe atmosphere during her therapy sessions and values the autonomy of every client. She is an outgoing and empathetic clinician who enjoys listening to music and dancing in her spare time.
“One of the things I like to do when working with children is to try and look at their environment from their point of view to better help me engage and create more effective interventions.”
Hannah grew up in the area and is excited to be back following years of travel therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including home health, teletherapy, schools and skilled nursing facilities. Hannah has evaluated and treated children with sensory processing disorder, visual perceptual difficulties, fine motor deficits, social and emotional regulation deficits and global learning disabilities.
Hannah received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has recently also become a certified autism therapist.
“I love being welcomed into the family’s lives and getting to be a tiny part of their story.”
Kristina is extremely passionate about working with children. She was previously the lead OT at Kennedy Krieger Institute Center for Autism and Related Disorders. She has worked in multiple school systems where she has evaluated and treated children with behavioral and sensory challenges, fine motor deficits, visual processing difficulties and learning disabilities.
She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of NC – Greensboro and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Towson University, specializing in pediatrics. Kristina has been trained in The Alert Program, The Zones of Regulation, Learning Without Tears (school readiness and writing) and Handwriting Without Tears (K-5.) Kristina is also a published author in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s clinical magazine, OT practice.
In her spare time Kristina enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband and four children.
“I see the whole family as part of the team. Every relationship and every interaction is an opportunity for children to demonstrate their therapeutic achievements. My role is to help them to be the best version of themselves.”
Occupational Therapist Handwriting Without Tears Therapeutic Listening Kinesiotaping
Lindsay is a board-certified, state-licensed pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, subacute rehabilitation, schools, private practice and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation. Lindsay has worked with children with sensory processing disorders, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, rare genetic disorders, developmental motor delays and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She also leads many of our Education for Educators services in Ashburn schools advising teachers and staff.
Lindsay graduated from James Madison University and lives in Brambleton with her husband and three children.
“Working with children is rewarding and fun. The reward isn’t just seeing the child improve and succeed – it’s seeing that their success improves the entire family’s quality of life.”
Tracey has extensive experience with infants, preschoolers, school-age children, teens and adults. She has worked in nearly all settings from inpatient, outpatient, clinic, school and home and has supervised both level I and II fieldwork students. She excels in working with children with a wide range of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, learning disabilities, fine and gross motor delays, visual motor integration deficits and feeding disorders.
Tracey received her bachelor’s of science in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. She has specific coursework and training in the following programs: Handwriting Without Tears, pediatric yoga, astronaut training, building blocks for sensory integration, SOS feeding, pivotal response training, Wilbarger deep pressure protocols, therapeutic listening, integrated listening systems, Floortime, myofascial release, NDT handling techniques, Bal A Vis X, sensory integration theory, Praxis test administration, interactive metronome and oral placement therapy.
“It is a privilege to partner with a family to create the best life for their child.”
Abby is a licensed physical therapist who most recently served families through Fairfax Infant and Toddler Connection, the health department and the Infant Development Program. Abby received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in Durham, NC. Following graduation, she worked in the Child Life Department at Duke Children’s Hospital. She then received her master’s in physical therapy from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she received training in various pediatric settings including inpatient, outpatient, public school systems and early intervention.
Abby has experience working with families who have children from birth to young adult to address needs related to developmental and gross motor delays, balance and coordination, strength and endurance, hyper- and hypotonia, and joint hypermobility. She has worked with children with diagnoses including torticollis, toe walking, autism, developmental coordination disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders and other neurological conditions.
Abby lives in Leesburg with her husband and four kids who all enjoy staying active through community sports and recreation.
“I love working with families to help children reach their movement and fitness goals. When we move, we can learn more, explore more and interact more with our environment, family and friends. I want to set our kids up for a lifetime of healthy movement!”
Board Certified Clinical Specialist Pediatric Physical Therapy Early Intervention Specialist
Katie received her master’s of science in physical therapy from Boston University and her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Shenandoah University. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy.
Katie has over 14 years of pediatric experience primarily in the school setting. She enjoys working with all children but has a particular focus of working with children with cerebral palsy and complex disabilities. Katie also serves as the treasurer for the American Physical Therapy Association of Virginia’s pediatric special interest group.
Katie grew up living up and down the east coast and currently lives in Ashburn. She enjoys working out, traveling and going to Disney World.
“I love taking the time to build relationships with children and their families to help them reach their full potential.”
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Early Intervention Specialist
Shannon has over 10 years of experience working with young children including eight years in the public school system teaching a special education preschool class. She has worked with children with varying abilities and conditions including autism, developmental delays, genetic conditions, global delays, language delays and sensory processing disorders.
Shannon received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University in early childhood and early childhood special education. She is a Northern Virginia native growing up in Fairfax County. She now lives in the Winchester area with her family and two dogs. She enjoys working out, hiking, singing and traveling.
“I love being a part of each child’s growth and development and seeing that switch flip when they are successful! I am so happy to work as a team with the family in their natural environment and celebrate those successes with them.”
Kimberly began her career at Little Hands Pediatric Therapy in the spring of 2016 and enjoys working with our warm and wonderful team to help families. She graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor’s degree in marketing and worked as a hospitality event planner for NASCAR and IndyCar racing teams for over 13 years.
Kimberly lives in Loudoun County with her husband and daughters.
“I love getting to know each family personally, learning their needs and placing them with the best therapist for their child. Seeing the positive impact that therapy has on their family is wonderful!”