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: 3508 Lee Highway 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.

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.

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.

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!

Alise Gregory, MS, CCC-SLP
Alise received her Masters and Bachelors of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Missisippi. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings including private practice, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, and public schools. She has worked with clients with a range of diagnoses and communication disorders. She is passionate about working with children, regardless of the diagnoses, and helping them establish a functional independence and improved quality of life. Alise also likes using the Floortime model. She is gifted at making children feel like they are “just playing”, when in reality she is pushing them to perform at a higher level on the developmental ladder.

Simca Hadley, MS, CCC-SLP
Simi earned her Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Northeastern University, after receiving her Bachelors degree in developmental psychology from The University of South Carolina. She has experience working with infants through school age children in the private practice, early intervention, and public school settings and is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Targets). She enjoys implementing a holistic approach therapy, building strong relationships with the families she serves, and tailoring her sessions and treatment plans to best fit each individual child and family’s needs.

Simi has experience supporting young children with various needs, including Down Syndrome, motor speech disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, pragmatic deficits, language delays and disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various chromosomal anomalies and genetic syndromes, and articulation delays. Simi believes that no matter the age or diagnosis, there is always a way to make learning new skills fun and functional for each child.

Vanessa Poynter, M.A., CCC-SLP, E.I.S.
Vanessa received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and her Bachelors of Arts in Rhetoric and Speech Studies from Hillsdale College in Michigan. Vanessa has considerable experience working with the pediatric population, as well as children with hearing loss. Recently, Vanessa earned her certificate in Early Intervention through Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development. She is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), and is enthusiastic about promoting a positive environment in which children can build upon their strengths, creativity, and self-confidence. In her down time, Vanessa enjoys training in the gym, baking for hours in the kitchen, and riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle!

Katie Hood, Literacy Teacher
Katie is so excited to join Playworks for the summer! She comes to us with 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She has a Master of Arts degree in Leadership in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Loyola University in Maryland. Katie is a trained and experienced Reading Recovery teacher and has taught reading and writing to students in Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade. She has provided literacy support to students transitioning from ESOL (English as a second language) programs and has privately tutored students in the Northern Virginia area. Presently, Katie teaches Pre-Kindergarten in McLean.

Jacqueline D’Antonio, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jackie received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. Jackie has worked with children with a range of diagnoses in the public school and early intervention settings. Jackie brings particular experience working with children with Autism as well as a family-based therapy approach from her time in early intervention. She recently became certified in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and has experience working with children using Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). Jackie believes in fusing functional communication with fun in order for children to promote growth, independence, and overall communication success!