Tracy is the CEO and founder of Exceptional Childrens Center. She graduated from Temple University in August 2009 earning a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in sensory integration. While at Temple, Tracy became certified to perform the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test also known as the SIPT. Prior to completing her Doctorate she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1998. Tracy has a variety of work experience that includes work with adults and children. She opened her own private practice in 2005. Tracy has taken a number of continuing education courses that include extensive training in sensory integration theory and practice, a variety of auditory based interventions that include Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), therapeutic listening, REI or rhythmic entrainment and Berard Auditory Integration Training. She also has training in Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears and Interactive Metronome.
Director Of Speech Therapy Services
Kelly M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in April 2012. Kelly earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa and earned a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. She enjoys working with children of varying ages and abilities and their families, and she believes in a client-centered approach that builds on each child’s individual strengths. Kelly has completed a wide variety of continuing education courses in the areas of treatment, assessment and supervision that include PROMPT Levels I and II, Talk Tools Three-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy: Assessment and Program Plan Development, TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissue Specialty Training, The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Feeding, The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, The Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach, and The Center for AAC & Autism's Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). She is also
IMSE Orton-Gillingham Trained, a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds an active license as a speech-language pathologist from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Director Of Occupational Therapy Services
Meagan M.S., OTR/L, Clinical Director for OT, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in April 2010. Meagan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary before earning her Master of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she performed research in the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation Lab to study the physiological components of Sensory Processing Disorder. Meagan received her Certification in Sensory Integration including Administering and Interpreting the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) in 2015. She has also completed training in Handwriting without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Astronaut Training, and the Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime Approach as well as taking courses in leadership and supervision. In addition, she has completed a mentorship focused on treating children dealing with trauma and attachment issues. Meagan has experience working with children of varying ages and diagnoses in a one-on-one clinic setting in addition to providing consultation to teachers and school administrators to support children in preschool classrooms. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.
Supervisor Of Speech Therapy Services
Orofacial Myofunctional Tx
Aislyn M.S., CCC-SLP joined the ECC team in October of 2019
and is part of the Feeding Therapy Team. She graduated from Harding University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2012. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Towson University. Aislyn has experience working with adults in acute and subacute settings, as well as, pediatrics primarily in outpatient settings. She has experience working with children ages 12mos - 18yrs with a variety of disabilities including; mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, orofacial myofunctional disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, feeding disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP).
She has attended the Play & Language: Roots of Literacy by Carol Westby course and AAC Training Course by Elizabeth Boertz of PRC. She has also attended the following courses which have helped her gain knowledge and understanding in the orofacial complex and ability to provide orofacial myofunctional therapy; Best Practices in Pediatric Feeding, Motor Speech and Mouth Development by Diane Bahr, Oromyofunctional Therapy: Change in Structure by Linda D’Onofrio and How to Differentiate Oral Placement and Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders from Developmental Speech Sound Disorders also by Linda D’Onofrio. Most recently she attended the Virtual Talk Tools Conference-OMD Deconstructed: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders. Aislyn is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Supervisor of Occupational Therapy Services
Colleen M.S., OTR/L joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational Therapist in January 2018 and is part of the Feeding Therapy Team. She earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2013. She then went on to earn her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in 2015. Colleen first became interested in occupational therapy while working in a preschool setting with children with developmental delays. Before joining the ECC team, she gained experience providing occupational therapy services to infants through Early Intervention, as well as children and adolescents in clinic, home, and private school/day care settings. Colleen has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Down Syndrome and Traumatic Brain Injury. She is trained in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding Therapy, The Alert Program for Self-Regulation and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Colleen holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia.
McKenzie M.S.,CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center, as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), in January 2016. She graduated from Marshall University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and again in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, McKenzie worked at Southern Ohio Medical Center, in their outpatient therapy clinic, home health, and inpatient rehabilitation unit. Here she gained valuable experience with children and adults with various speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She also acted as the Stroke Coach for the inpatient rehabilitation unit where she worked with survivors of stroke and their families on transitioning to home, stroke education, and stroke prevention. She has completed the Introduction to PROMPT and PECS Level 1 courses among others. McKenzie is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for speech- language pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist
Meghan M.S., CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in August 2016 and received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in May 2017. She is also part of the Exceptional Children's Center Feeding Team. She graduated from James Madison University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of the District of Columbia in 2016. Her involvement with Operation Smile sparked her interest in becoming a speech-language pathologist as she aspires to become a volunteer speech-language pathologist on one of their volunteer medical missions. Her clinical interests include articulation disorders, craniofacial anomalies, receptive and expressive language delays, oral motor skills and feeding and swallowing needs. She completed her graduate school placements at Rosemount Center in D.C, an early childhood education center, with bilingual children, at her on-campus clinic where she treated children and adults, and at a hospital in the acute care setting. Her externship placements were at a rehabilitation center working with individuals with aphasia and dysphasia, and at a variety of elementary schools in PG County treating children with articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language delays and stuttering difficulties in both a one-on-one and group setting. She has received training in Feeding Therapy: It’s Not Just About Swallowing, A Three Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools Sensory Motor Approach to Feeding, Autism, AAC, LAMP: Getting Started and PROMPT Level I. Meghan is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Emily M.S., CCC-SLP joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in June 2022. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2017 with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She then completed two terms of AmeriCorps, where she served in elementary schools in San Jose, CA and Washington, DC. Here she provided literacy tutoring as well as other academic support to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She returned to Ithaca College to receive her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. Her clinical externship at the Exceptional Children’s Center solidified her passion for working with pediatric populations.
Eliza, M.S., CCC-SLP joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in June 2018. She graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University in 2018. Having her own developmental stutter incited her interest in becoming a speech-language pathologist to help others like her. Her graduate school externship at Exceptional Children’s Center cemented her interest in working with the pediatric population in the private practice setting. Eliza has experience working with children and young adults aged 18 months – 22 years of age with a variety of disabilities including: mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, orofacial myofunctional disorders, stuttering, articulation, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and articulation. She has completed a variety of continuing education courses such as: Introduction to PROMPT, Preschool Stuttering Therapy, Introduction to Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, Infant Feeding: Baby-Focused, Family-centered Strategies and Solutions and When Baby Can’t Suck by Nina Ayd Johanson. Eliza is an active member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Lead Occupational Therapist
Kelly, MOT, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational therapist in January 2020 and is part of the Feeding Therapy Team. Kelly graduated from Saint Francis University (SFU) with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Health Science in 2014 and a Master's of Occupational Therapy in 2015. While at SFU, Kelly competed for 4 years as a Division 1 swimmer. Prior to joining ECC, Kelly gained experience working in a sensory-based clinic specializing in treating children with a wide range of diagnoses including autism, ADHD, SPD, down syndrome, cerebral palsy and stroke. She also gained experience implementing a variety of treatment techniques including DIR/Floortime, Zones of Regulation, Astronaut Training Protocol, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. She completed continuing education courses on visual rehabilitation in the pediatric setting, and the SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy. Kelly enjoys building therapeutic relationships with children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, running half marathons, and spending time with her two dogs.
Lindsay, M.S., CCC-SLP joined the Exceptional Children’s Center team as a Speech Language Pathologist in January 2023. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences from Loyola University Maryland in 2018 and her Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in 2020. Prior to working at ECC, she has worked at multiple private practices in Maryland with children ranging from birth to 18 years of age. She is passionate about treating speech sound disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders and delays, stuttering, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and pediatric feeding disorders. She has completed a variety of continuing education courses including AEIOU Certification for pediatric feeding disorders in 2022, Feeding Matters International Conference for pediatric feeding disorders in 2022, and American Speech-Language Hearing Association Conference in 2021. Lindsay is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license to practice Speech-Language Pathology in Virginia and Maryland.
Jaime M.A., CCC-SLP joined team ECC as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow in August 2022. She graduated from Binghamton University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Neuroscience, and then earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University. Jaime’s undergraduate research in genetics provided her with a solid foundation for working with a wide range of clients. Her clinical externships in a pediatric private practice and a hospital acute rehabilitation unit have given her a wide variety of experience evaluating and treating language, speech, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Jaime holds a provisional speech-language pathology license from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Hannah M.A., CCC-SLP joined the Exceptional Children's Center team as a Speech-Language Pathologist in June 2019 and is part of the Feeding Therapy Team. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Education specializing in Human & Social Development in 2016. She then went on to complete a post-baccalaureate year and earn her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019 from the George Washington University. She has experience working with children across the lifespan, having completed graduate school externships in private clinic and non-public high school settings. Hannah is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions. She has completed a variety of courses including Talk Tools 3-Part Treatment Plan for Oral Placement Therapy, Feeding Therapy: A Sensorimotor Approach, PROMPT Level 1, Orofacial Myofunction Disorders: More Than a Mouthful, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders, and Frontal Lisp/Lateral Lisp. In her free time, Hannah is an avid runner and participates in local distance races.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Whitney COTA/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in November 2022. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Studies in 2012. She returned to Northern Virginia Community College to receive an Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science degree in May 2022. Prior to joining Exceptional Children’s Center, she gained experience at Inova Loudon Hospital’s pediatric clinic during her fieldwork placement. She also worked in a sensory-based pediatric clinic in Maryland, and has provided OT services to children of various ages and backgrounds with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Downs syndrome, developmental delay, developmental coordination disorder among other diagnoses. She has also gained experience with treatment techniques such as Zones of Regulation and Handwriting Without Tears and is recently enrolled in a Greenspan DIR Model/Floortime course. She holds an active license to practice Occupational Therapy in Virginia. She is passionate and excited to collaborate with families and to provide client-centered care.
Blair M.S., CCC-SLP joined the ECC Team in February 2021. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 and her Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016 from James Madison University. Prior to working at ECC she had experience working with children ranging from birth to 18 years of age in an outpatient clinic and students ranging from preschool to high school levels within private and public school settings. She is passionate about treating speech sound disorders, oral motor skills, receptive and expressive language disorder and delays, fluency impairments and working with AAC users. Blair has received training in the DIR Floortime Model, PECS Level I, the Kaufman Method, LAMP Words for Life, the Social Thinking Curriculum, and the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol. Blair is an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license to practice for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Lead Occupational Therapist
Jennifer MS, OTR/L joined Exceptional Children's Center team as an Occupational Therapist in December 2021. Jen graduated from Towson University with her combined BS/MS in Occupational Therapy in 2015. She recently graduated from George Mason with a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She first worked at Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, working with the criminally insane and those with severe mental disorders. She then transitioned to working in an inpatient/outpatient hospital where she worked with individuals from infancy to older adulthood. Jen has worked with pediatric and adult diagnosis including intellectual disability, stroke, amputations, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Downs Syndrome, auditory processing disorder, blindness, social anxiety, apraxia and ADHD to name a few. Jen greatly enjoys doing community involvement with children with disabilities. She feels it is important for those children, as well their parents, to experience being part of a team or activities they once thought unavailable to them due to their disability. In the past she has run a special needs t-ball team, soccer team and swimming group which included children with all types of disabilities. Jen went through a long two year process including numerous interview and training to obtain a facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence. She obtained Nevada, facility dog, in 2019 and he has helped numerous children since that time, working alongside her in the clinic as well as with community activities. When not in the clinic Jen enjoys gardening, hiking with Nevada and her husband and painting ceramics. Jen holds an active license to practice as an occupational therapist in Virginia.
Nevada is a 4 year old golden retriever/black lab mix who joined Exceptional Children's Center Team as a facility dog in December 2021. He was formally trained by Canine Companions for Independence and chose to work with Jennifer Dickson as a Facility dog in 2019. He loves working with children with special needs. He was specially trained to complete tasks and follow commands to help motivate the children and maximize their treatment. He has worked in a hospital setting and an outpatient setting completing tasks such as providing deep pressure in a hospital bed, holding string while children string beads, pulling scooters down the hallway, holding and picking things up and overall providing motivation and emotional support for all those who work with him. He also helps out with community events such as T-ball and soccer for increased participation and increase social skills. He loves peanut butter, green beans and sneaking treats when he can. His all time favorite thing to do is take naps and you can often see him sleeping on his bed in the OT office when he is not helping a friend.
MEGHAN "MEG" F.
Meg F. CCC-SLP joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist in August 2019. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and a minor in American Sign Language. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina in August 2016. Her graduate school practicum placements included both pediatric private practices and an elementary school, where she was able to gain experience working with children with a wide variety of speech and language impairments. Prior to beginning work at Exceptional Children’s Center, Meg spent three years working in public schools outside of Richmond, VA, where she provided speech and language therapy for preschool through high school age children with a diverse range of communication disorders. Meg has taken PROMPT Level 1 training, is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and currently holds a license for Speech-Language Pathology from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
Tanvi, OTD., OTR/L, joined Exceptional Children's Center team in August 2021. Tanvi graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. While studying at VCU she developed a toy lending library to help increase play opportunities for the Richmond community and completed her Level II Fieldwork placement at Exceptional Children's Center. Tanvi is an active member of AOTA, and board certified. She is very passionate about working with the pediatric population to provide quality family-centered care. In her free time she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with family.
Jackie B., MOT, OTR/L joined the team at Exceptional Children's Center as a full-time occupational therapist in the summer of 2022. Jackie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Having known she wanted to be an OT since high school, Jackie immediately went on to graduate from Radford University in 2016 her Master of Occupational Therapy. She has experience with both the adult and pediatric populations, however she finds her true calling in pediatrics. Prior to joining ECC, Jackie gained experience working in pediatric sensory-based outpatient clinics and has experience treating children of all ages with a wide range of diagnoses. Jackie has taken many continuing education courses including, but not limited to, the following areas: sensory integration, self-regulation, positioning and handling, trauma-informed approach, DIR Floortime Approach, vision, fine motor, postural control and core stability, and primitive reflexes. She also has obtained several certifications including: Interactive Metronome, Advanced Brain Technology and Astronaut Training Protocol. Jackie places an emphasis on building trusting therapeutic relationships with her clients and their families. Jackie holds the firm belief that children learn best through meaningful play and she strives to make each session unique to her clients' skills and interests. When Jackie is not working at ECC, she loves spending time with her family, friends, fiancé, and their miniature Bernedoodle named Loki. She loves any and all types of water and spending time in nature.
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