Little Communicators is a pediatric speech therapy center that provides speech and language evaluations and therapy for disabilities such as Apraxia, Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, oral motor and feeding disorders. Speech and language screenings can be scheduled and conducted in your home, childcare facilities, and/or private school settings.
Little Communicators believes in working collaboratively with parents, teachers, physicians, psychologists, and other speech therapists to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. We provide speech therapy for children ages birth to 15 years in Loudoun County.
Speech and language therapy is often covered by out-of-network benefits. Please check with your insurance company to determine your coverage. An itemized bill with all necessary information including diagnosis and treatment codes will be provided at each therapy session.
Paula C. Schantz, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Masters of Science in Education and Speech Language Pathology from Nazareth College of Rochester. Paula is licensed in the state of Virginia and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Prior to establishing her own practice, Paula worked in the public school system, and was co-director of The Speech and Language Center of Northern Virginia.
Her expertise is in evaluating and treating children with various speech and language disorders including Apraxia, Autism, Down Syndrome, oral motor, feeding, and developmental delays. She has knowledge and experience using PROMPT for children with Apraxia. She also is a Hanen certified instructor allowing her to teach parents communication techniques to use with their children that have expressive language delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, Paula is a certified Signing Time instructor, teaching parents and their babies sign language. A native of Rochester, New York, Paula and her four children enjoy living in the heart of Ashburn, Virginia.
Paula has a certificate in SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding. She is able to create and implement an SOS feeding program for babies, toddlers, and young children. She can identify oral, sensory, motor, cognitive and emotional developmental milestones key to feeding.
Paula has a certificate in More Than Words: The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties.
Paula coaches parents on how to facilitate their child’s social and communication skills in everyday contexts, fulfilling the key criteria for effective early intervention. She is able to use reflective conversation, collaborative problem solving, feedback during caregiver practice and joint planning with families in the Early Intervention Program of Loudoun County.
Paula has a certificate in It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program for Parents. She is able to coach parents on how to facilitate their child’s early language development so that they can effectively apply the learning to everyday interactions with their child.
Miss Paula, We cannot thank you enough for how much you have blessed our family through Corinne this past year. You have been invaluable in her speech and growth. Your professionalism and warmth has been outstanding and we will miss our frequent meetings with you!
With Love, The Browns
Dear Paula, I can’t thank you enough for all you have done for Wyatt and our family during your time with us. You have been more than a teacher for Wyatt, but also a friend to me when I needed it most. You have made an impact in our lives. I will always think of you with gratitude and goodness.
The Jones Family
Paula, Thank you so much for all that you have done for Sophia. She is a completely different child than when she started working with you last summer, and it warms my heart to see how much she has grown. We truly cannot thank you enough for the impact you have had on her speech, as well as her confidence in her ability to communicate with family and friends. We are so appreciative and forever grateful for your support of Sophia over the past year. Thank you! All the best, Sarah and Joe
Miss Paula, Thank you so much for all of your hard work helping Ryan find his voice. He has so much to say now! We will miss playing with you!
Erin, Chris, Ryan and Colin
Paula was our son’s speech therapist. We pursued her professional help, support and guidance over concerns with our son. My son loved his time with Paula. Some days were harder than others, but he always looked forward to their sessions together. Over several months we saw significant improvement with his issues, and he has also become more confident as well. We are truly blessed to have had such knowledgeable help and support and highly recommend her to anyone who has concerns about their child’s speech, language, etc. Thank you for the amazing care you have given us.
We are writing in appreciation to Paula Schantz for helping us and our daughter Isabella with her speech. At 2 years old, Isabella’s vocabulary was very limited, consisting of about 20-30 words and no sentences. Because of this limitation, she was getting very frustrated and we were constantly dealing with Isabella’s temper tantrums. Paula bonded quickly with Isabella, and she started by teaching Isabella to communicate some words via sign language. We believe this was a very important stepping stone to get Isabella on the right path. It was fun and rewarding to see Isabella asking for “more,” “all done” and of course her favorite sign for “chocolate” through sign language. Paula was great in teaching us techniques, documenting progress and giving us homework. All of this kept Isabella moving forward and making progress with her communication skills. Most importantly we felt Paula cared about our daughter, our family, and the children and the families she was working with. We are sad that Isabella is no longer eligible to continue work with Paula through the same program. Our daughter loves and always asks about Paula. We are thankful we had the opportunity to know and work with her on Isabella’s skills. We recommend whole heartedly Paula’s work for her professionalism and integrity, navigating kids and families through their quest of communicating better and efficiently.
Dear Paula, The reason I am writing you a letter is to let you know that you have been a great therapist! I am very thankful to you for all the help you have given me and my daughter. Now she feels more comfortable with herself, her life and her whole environment. Also, she has developed a better way to talk, a better vocabulary, and a better sense of humor!
Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm