Welcome

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, child care facilities, and/or private school settings.

 

Our Philosophy

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.

Insurance

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.

About Paula

Paula C. Schantz, M.S. Ed., CCC-SLP received her Bachelors 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.

 

Special Skills

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Do you have a picky eater?

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.

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Do you have a child with Autism Spectrum disorder?

Paula has a certificate in More Than Words: The Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties.

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Do you want to learn how to help your child?

Paula coaches parents 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.

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Is your child a late talker?

Paula has a certificate in It Takes Two to Talk: The Hanen Program for Parents. She is able to coach parents how to facilitate their child’s early language development so that they can effectively apply the learning to everyday interactions with their child.

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Does your child have a Motor Speech Disorder or Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Paula completed Intro to PROMPT-Technique and Bridging for motor speech disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She is able to set appropriate goals and objectives for the individual within the PROMPT framework. Able to incorporate PROMPT therapy across a range of settings including the home environment while focusing on the key needs for the child to assist him/her to develop to their highest potential.

 

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