Washington DC Pediatric Speech and Language Therapists

SpeechKids is a pediatric speech and language therapy practice located in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. We specialize in serving children from birth to five years in their homes and schools, in person and online. Services are available for speech and language delays as well as developmental delays and disorders, including receptive and expressive language delays, speech delay, articulation & phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia, dysarthria, stuttering, feeding difficulties, picky eating, and speech and language issues related to hearing loss.

ARE YOU A PARENT IN THE WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CHILD’S COMMUNICATION? CALL US FOR A FREE 15 MINUTE CONVERSATION TO TALK ABOUT YOUR CONCERNS AT (202) 306-0505 OR EMAIL US INFO@SPEECHKIDS.COM.

 
 

What DC Metro Parents Have to Say About SpeechKids Therapy Services

We understand selecting a speech and language therapist to work with your child is an important consideration for any family. See what other Washington, DC metro area parents have to say about the SpeechKids team:

Speechkids was amazing—I can’t say enough good things about them. Christina who is the admin is responsive, kind, and easy to work with when scheduling. The therapist they sent, Gillian, was really on top of her game, and my son made tons of progress working with her. I was really nervous about my son’s speech challenges and they were so helpful and supportive the whole way. Also insurance reimbursed more than I was expecting, so that was a bonus.
— A.M., Chevy Chase, MD
Gabriele worked with both of my sons and is just simply amazing. She’s experienced, kind, patient, and excellent with young children. My kids made huge progress with her. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Added bonus was that she helped keep me sane when they were really challenging for me.
— C.B. Chevy Chase, MD
Thank you for everything this past year. Words cannot express our gratitude. I don’t know what we would have done without you. You gave Z a voice and confidence to share. We are forever grateful.
— A.K., Washington, DC
The therapists at SpeechKids are phenomenal—highly skilled, extremely patient, and they make speech therapy fun for the kids. Gabriele Nicolet and Kelly Hartman are both EXCELLENT. We are very grateful for all they have done for our family.
— S.B., Washington, DC
Christina and Gabriele,
I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed working with both of you and how impressed I am by your professionalism, warmth, and advice. I’ve already sung your praises to many others.
— D.E., Washington, DC
Gabriele Nicolet of SpeechKids has been a fantastic resource for our family. Over the course of two years, Gabriele helped our daughter transition from a shy and tentative speaker with intelligibility issues to a confident, talkative, and articulate child. Gabriele is patient, caring, and vknowledgeable. Our daughter loved the time they spent together and the warm relationship they shared. Gabriele demonstrated a genuine understanding of our child and insight into her strengths and weaknesses. We cannot speak highly enough of Gabriele; we recommend her wholeheartedly!
— HHH, Washington, DC
 
 

Meet the SpeechKids Speech Language Therapy Team

Our experienced and talented Washington DC metro area speech therapists know how to build bonds with children so they can thrive. For information on a particular SpeechKids therapist, contact us.

 
 

FAQs

DOES MY CHILD NEED SPEECH THERAPY?

If you’re asking this question and you’ve done the “wait and see,” it’s time to get more information about speech and language therapy. We know that early intervention works, so why wait any longer? Click here for MILESTONES or Contact Us.

WHAT AGES DOES SPEECHKIDS SERVE?

SpeechKids serves children of many ages, with a special focus on children from birth to 5 years old.

WILL SPEECHKIDS COME TO MY HOME OR MY CHILD'S SCHOOL?

Yes. We believe that young children learn best in their natural environments. Being at home and/or school gives us a chance to train you, your caregiver and your child’s teachers. This helps your child learn and maintain their new communication skills.

HOW DO YOUR ONLINE PROGRAMS WORK?

Call us to see if one of our online programs might work for your family.

DOES SPEECHKIDS ACCEPT INSURANCE?

We don’t participate with insurance. We will bill you directly, and payment is due when you get your invoice. We give you an invoice that has all the codes needed for insurance reimbursement, but it’s always best to check with your insurance company beforehand to find out what you need to do to get coverage.

WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

Payment is due upon receipt of your monthly invoice.

HOW WILL I BE BILLED?

You’ll be billed monthly using the credit card number that you put on file with us. You’ll get a receipt each month with all the appointments listed.

HOW LONG IS A THERAPY SESSION?

We usually do 50-minute sessions. But, if your child needs something different, we’ll work with you to figure that out.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH?

Here’s a simple way to think of it: Language is what happens in your brain (the thinking part) and Speech is what happens in your mouth (the talking part).  

  • A child who says, "this one" a lot when trying to name specific objects may have a language problem (they “know” the word, but can’t “remember” the word).
  • A child who says “tup” instead of “cup” might have a speech problem (and they might not, depending on their age!).

WHO TREATS SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS?

A speech language pathologist (also called a speech therapist or language therapist) treats speech and language disorders. Your therapist must have a Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology as well as a license from the state in which he or she practices (including DC). Your therapist may also be certified by the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA).