About Us

Playworks Speech Therapy provides pediatric speech, language, and occupational therapy for children from birth to 12 years of age. Our goal is to make therapy both fun and challenging for children and accessible for parents. Our rates are reasonable, and our evaluations are billed at the same rate as therapy ($140.00 per hour). As a supplement to our work in the clinic, we can help parents create individualized home programs.

We believe speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists should be trained in a variety of treatment methods. What works for one child, may not work for a different child, even though the diagnosis is the same. We have experience with a wide range of disorders including:

Feeding/Oral motor problems Developmental Delays
Dyspraxia Attention Deficit Disorders
Autistic Spectrum Disorder Fine Motor/Handwriting Problems
Down’s Syndrome Self Care Skills
Phonological disorders Muscle Weakness/Strengthening
Language Delays Sensory Motor Processing
Coordination Difficulties Perceptual Difficulties

We look forward to getting to know your child’s unique needs as we learn through play.Our job is to help children become more efficient communicators and successfully participate in home and school activities!

We are located at: 4620 Lee Highway SUITE 215 Arlington, VA 22207. Here’s what our office looks like from the street (Lee Highway):

Playworks Speech office

For more information, please contact us at (703) 243-4600 or e-mail us at patti@playworksspeech.com

We are very selective about the therapists we hire and each member of our team draws on their extensive experience and comprehensive professional training to individualize therapy for each child. Here’s a brief introduction to our team.

Lara Beauchamp, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
Lara has extensive experience working in both adult and pediatric rehabilitation, providing evaluations and therapy to clients with speech, language, and swallowing disorders. She currently works at several area hospitals and is well versed in developing speech-language-feeding plans of care, involving all family members and associated professionals to ensure an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to therapy.

Lara earned her Masters degree in speech-language pathology from The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received her Bachelors degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Florida. She is Beckman Oral Motor certified, PROMPT trained, and an Assistive Technology Professional, which allows her to administer augmentative, alternative communication (AAC) evaluations, offer speech-generating device recommendations, and draft AAC letters of medical necessity to insurance companies. Originally from Miami, Lara joined Playworks in 2013 and is excited to be part of the team!

Alex Koller MA CCC-SLP, ATP
Alex is a pediatric speech language pathologist who has experience working with those children who have complex communication needs in the school, home, and outpatient setting. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Her passion for those with complex communication needs led her to pursue an additional certificate as an Assistive Technology Professional. Alex has helped many clients express themselves using Alternative and Augmentative Communication through the evaluation and prescription of high and low tech communication systems. She is a LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) Certified Professional with additional training in Beckman Oral Motor and PECS Level 1 (Picture Exchange Communication System).

Alex works to help each family recognize their important contribution to their child’s speech and language development so that each client can confidently and successfully communicate!

Stephanie Dudley, Occupational Therapist
Stephanie is originally from Cincinnati Ohio where she grew up with a passion for athletic competition. She then attended Saint Louis University (SLU) in Missouri, a school steeped in history that emphasizes a philosophy of service to others. Stephanie graduated from SLU in 2014 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Shortly after she moved to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas where she was able to work with children and their families from diverse cultural backgrounds by providing OT services in an outpatient setting. When we moved to Virginia she had the opportunity to provide OT services for students in a school setting. Stephanie is so excited to bring her experience and joy for this profession to Playworks and continue learning and growing.

Talia Feldman, M. Ed, CCC-SLP
Talia received her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Talia has worked with children with a wide range of diagnoses in private practice and school settings. Talia brings particular experience working with children with sensory processing disorders and Autism using a developmental approach to therapy, building upon communication skills and a growing capacity for social language and problem solving by working up the developmental ladder. She has experience working with many client populations, including articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, hearing impaired, learning differences, Autism, sensory processing, and early intervention. Talia is passionate about treating a child on a highly individualized basis, involving the family and other professionals in the process as much as possible. She strives to make her therapy sessions high energy and fun to promote success in speech, language, and overall developmental growth.

Marie-Christine Kemp, Occupational Therapist
Marie-Christine has been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 27 years. She is thrilled to join Playworks to build the OT program! Marie-Christine believes strongly in the power of collaboration between speech therapy and occupational therapy through play when working with children. She has worked in many pediatric settings over the years including NICU, Early Intervention, private practice and pre-school/school aged educational programs. Her certifications include infant massage instructor, early interventionist, youth fitness instructor, sensory impairments, Handwriting without Tears certification and Interactive Metronome provider. Marie-Christine has specialized training in oral motor/sensory feeding difficulties, early developmental delays, sensory processing disorders, self-regulation and motor skill challenges.

Marie-Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University. As a Navy spouse, she has moved 16 times with her husband and three kids while enjoying the opportunity to serve the children and families in each area they have been stationed. She is currently a faculty member for St. Catherine’s University Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Patti Wilson, MS, CCC-SLP
Our director, Patti Wilson, earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Arizona State University with a focus on early intervention. Before that, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in 1994. She is also trained in PROMPT therapy (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic targets), Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, the Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson Approach, and the Floortime model.  Before Playworks, Patti practiced Early Intervention for 6 years in the private sector and 2 years in the Virginia public school system.

Sydney Reid, M.S., CF-SLP
Sydney is originally from Grenada, Mississippi. She received both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Mississippi. She completed her graduate externship at United Ability in Birmingham, Alabama where she gained clinical experience working with the pediatric population in both a preschool and outpatient clinic. She has clinical experience working with children with articulation, language, and developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Sydney is so excited to join the Playworks team.