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Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy

Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy is a therapeutic practice based in the Washington D.C. area for children age 18 months to 18 years with communication challenges. Treatment is provided in your home or, in certain cases, your private school.

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No one clinical approach is going to fit a kid every time.

I’m Alex Koller. Bumblebee is my therapy practice. I’m a Speech Language Pathologist with a Master’s of Arts in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh and additional post-grad education in Assistive Technology. While I have been trained in a number of effective therapy techniques, I believe there is no one clinical approach that will work for every child every time. That is why I work hard to create the highest quality, most-tailored approach for your child.

Bumblebee’s goal is confidence.

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I want to give children the confidence they need to communicate freely and be themselves, and want to give parents the confidence they need to support their child.

Too often, a speech disorder keeps a child from making their ideas and wishes known, and that challenge can result in frustration and misbehavior. Imagine how frustrated you’d be if you couldn’t make others understand what you were you trying to say. I give children the tools they need to overcome their communication challenges and get their ideas out in the world. I love seeing the joy on a child’s face the first time they are understood.

 

Parents play a critical role in their child’s development, and that role is even more important when a communication disorder is involved. Parents want the best for their child, but they, too, need coaching and tools to give the right support. I work with parents to give them the confidence they need to help their children successfully navigate a communication disorder.

 

My clinical approaches

Some people are looking for specific clinical approaches, which is why I listed them here, but it’s okay if you don’t understand what these are right now, and I’m not expecting you to pick one for your child. I will explain the approaches to you if I think your child would benefit from one of them.

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Play-based

 

Play is the basis for all childhood development. Mr. Fred Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood”. Therapy is most successful when delivered in a play-based naturalistic way. 

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PROMPT

(Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets)

 

This hands-on technique and social-emotional theory helps children with speech production challenges. This technique is often used when treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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LAMP

(Language Acquisition Motor Planning)

 

This is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles and is applied to help children who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities express themselves spontaneously. 

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SOS Feeding Therapy

(Sequential Oral Sensory)

 

"Sequential Oral Sensory” approach to feeding therapy that utilizes a systematic approach to address both the sensory processing and the oral motor skills a child needs to eat a wide variety of food groups and textures. 

PECS

(Picture Exchange Communication System, Level 1 training)

 

This is a unique alternative communication system that was developed from the Verbal Behavior practices from B.F. Skinner. It is a tool used to help give children with limited expressive language a way to successfully communicate.

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Beckman Oral Motor Protocol

 

The goal of this intervention tool is to increase functional response to pressure and movement, range, strength, and variety and control of movement of the lips, cheeks, jaw and tongue as it relates to eating and verbal speech.

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Developmental approaches

 

This approach to therapy which works from the bottom up and meets kids at their developmental level.

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Services Offered

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Services can be provided in your home, in clinic, or in your child's school.

Home-based services are based on need 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. 
 

Free Screening

 

Screenings act as a first step to determine if a child is at risk for a speech or language 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. 

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. 

Evaluation

Evaluations provide in-depth information about a child's specific areas of challenge. I will use a standardized protocol to cover the wide domains of speech and language. 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. 

Teletherapy

Treatment services can be provided in many cases if necessary to prevent missed sessions. Please reach out if you have questions about teletherapy. 

Professional Development

I am 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, I can work with their caregivers to better utilize the system in school, at home, or out in the community. 

Areas of Specialty

I offer treatment and evaluation for the following areas of speech and language disorders: 

  • Speech sound disorders  

  • Language disorders 

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

  • Fluency (stuttering)

  • Communication challenges associated with autism

  • Phonological processing and awareness

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking

  • Feeding therapy 

My services are fee-for-service, which means you pay me 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.

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You’ll schedule a free discovery call

The call will last about 15-30 minutes. I’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.

I’ll evaluate your child

In this hour-long session in your home, I 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. I pride myself on making children feel comfortable. That’s an important part of what makes therapy effective.

I’ll tailor a custom plan of care for your child

I’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 me to conduct therapy sessions onsite. Let’s discuss this if your child attends a private school and this is of interest to you.

I’ll schedule progress reports with you

In these calls, which are usually about 15 minutes, I will review your child’s progress. Together, we’ll decide if the therapeutic approach I’m using should be altered.

How we'll work together

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Safety First

I am fully vaccinated and will wear a mask and observe appropriate social distances while in your home and interacting with you and your child.

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Schedule a FREE Discovery call

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Careers

Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy is always open to growing our hive. If you are a speech language pathologist and interested in learning more about joining Bumblebee, please email Alex Koller at alex@bumblebeepediatrics.com 

OPEN POSITIONS

Occupational Therapist

Bumblebee Pediatric Therapy is looking for an Occupational Therapist to help take the leap into a multi-disciplinary practice.