Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy
Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy provides Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Music Therapy to children in the Washington D.C. area. Services are provided in-home, in-school, and in-clinic. We strive to provide the highest quality services by collaborating with families to infuse therapy into all parts of a child’s life. We build community and relationships that build confidence in our clients and their families.
Bumblebee’s goal is confidence.
We want to give children the confidence they need to be as independent as possible, communicate freely, and be themselves, and want to give parents the confidence they need to support their child every step of the way.
Too often, a speech disorder keeps a child from making their ideas and wishes known, and that challenge can result in frustration and misbehavior. We give children the tools they need to overcome their communication challenges and get their ideas out in the world. We love seeing the joy on a child’s face the first time they are understood.
Occasionally a child’s behavior can come out in a negative way without us knowing why; affecting their everyday life. This can be due to underlying issues such as lack of confidence from skills such as fine motor, sensory integration or gross and visual motor tasks. Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps to identify and improve those skills to increase the child’s independence at home, school and unfamiliar environments, so they can hold their head up high during those little or big victories by accomplishing tasks on their own. We are here to advocate for your child so they can feel independent in age appropriate tasks and thrive in any environment.
Parents play a critical role in their child’s development, and that role is even more important when a communication disorder or physical challenges are involved. Parents want the best for their child, but they, too, need coaching and tools to give the right support. We work with parents to give them the confidence they need to help their children successfully navigate therapy. Most importantly, we help parents find joyful moments with their child while they work towards attainable therapy goals.
No one clinical approach is going to fit a kid every time.
- Alex Koller, Owner & Speech Language Pathologist
Our clinical approaches
Some people are looking for specific clinical approaches, which is why we listed them here, but it’s okay if you don’t understand what these are right now, and we are not expecting you to pick one for your child. We will explain the approaches to you if we think your child would benefit from one of them.
(Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)
(Language Acquisition Motor Planning)
SOS Feeding Therapy
(Sequential Oral Sensory)
(Picture Exchange Communication System)
Beckman Oral Motor Protocol
(Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing)
Visual Perceptual & Visual Motor Integration
Fine Motor Strategies & Bilateral Coordination
Sensory Processing Therapy
Wilbarger Brush Protocol
Zones of Regulation
Services can be provided in your home, in clinic, or in your child's school.
Home-based services are based as needed and offered to those within a 20 minute commute from the office location:
4301 50th St NW, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20016
School based services are available to those clients who are enrolled in private daycare or schools.
Screenings act as a first step to determine if a child is at risk for a developmental disorder. Screenings do not provide enough information to make a treatment plan. They help determine if additional evaluation is necessary. These screenings can take place at your child's school or via teletherapy.
Speech and Language Consultation
Sometimes families have questions about their child's speech and language development but do not want or need a full written report. A consultation is a way to conduct full testing and discuss results to determine the next step for your child.
Evaluations for Speech and Occupational Therapy
Evaluations provide in-depth information about a child's specific areas of challenge. We will use a standardized protocol to cover the wide domains of development. At the conclusion of the evaluation, parents are provided with a formal written report that includes test results, detailed summary of their child's performance, recommendation for treatment plan, treatment goals, and a diagnosis if applicable.
Treatment services can be provided in many cases if necessary to prevent missed sessions. Please reach out if you have questions about teletherapy.
We are available to provide professional development to school staff, caregivers, or family members regarding your child's communication needs. For example, if your child has a new augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system, we can work with their caregivers to better utilize the system in school, at home, or out in the community.
Meet our clinicians
Our services are fee-for-service, which means you pay us out-of-pocket when the services are delivered. Some insurance plans cover these services. If yours does, you will submit whatever form your insurance company requires to potentially receive reimbursement.
You’ll schedule a free discovery call
The call will last about 15-30 minutes. We'll ask questions. You’ll ask questions. We’ll get a sense if we’ll make good partners. If we do, we will schedule an evaluation.
We’ll evaluate your child
In this hour-long session in your home, We will evaluate your child’s needs by interacting with them through play, using standardized assessment tools if warranted and by asking questions while you observe. We pride ourselves on making children feel comfortable. That’s an important part of what makes therapy effective.
We’ll tailor a custom plan of care for your child
We’ll share it with you in a 15-minute call. You’ll ask questions, and together we’ll agree if this is appropriate for your child.
We’ll schedule therapy sessions
The sessions will be done in your home, while you observe. Most children benefit from weekly sessions, but other time periods are possible. Some private schools permit us to conduct therapy sessions onsite. Let’s discuss this if your child attends a private school and this is of interest to you.
We’ll schedule progress reports with you
In these calls, which are usually about 15 minutes, we will review your child’s progress. Together, we’ll decide if the therapeutic approach we are using should be altered.
How we'll work together
We are fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19. Masks will be worn when requested by family or clinician.