About Leigh

I received my bachelors and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from The George Washington University, specializing in the area of pediatrics and have worked with children and their families for over 25 years. My early professional experiences helped shape my philosophy of collaboration as I participated with the Infant Development Clinic, working as a team with physical therapists and developmental pediatricians to identify and develop treatment programs for at risk infants and their families. I have been a part of the Technical Assistance Center through George Mason University, providing consultation and training to therapists and teachers with Fairfax and Loudoun County Public School systems in the areas of communication, feeding and behavior, and have consulted with both Fairfax and Loudoun Counties birth to three early intervention programs. In addition, I have presented in a variety of settings on the topics of auditory processing, oral-motor, feeding, motor planning speech disorders, stuttering and typical language development.

In 1997, after managing a large private practice of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers and supervising graduate students for over ten years, I began my own private practice in order to continue my passion of providing family focused, whole child therapy services.

It is my belief in working with children, that the best outcomes are achieved when you focus on what a child can do, instead of what they can’t do. It is through identifying and encouraging their strengths that true growth and development can occur. What I feel is most important, and what I promote in my practice, is that you as parents understand your power to facilitate change, and that your child is finding joy in the process of learning.

It is through continuing education that I keep current and am able to pursue my many areas of interest within the field. Some of that focus has been on, but not limited to: Neuro-developmental training, Beckman-Oral Motor, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning(LAMP), Visualizing and Verbalizing, Prompt Training, Cognitive-Behavioral, Sequential Oral Sensory, Functional Nutrition and Wholistic Healing, Developmental Individual-Difference, Theory of Mind, Play Based Assessment and Intervention, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Adolescents.

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