"Megan Littlepage isn't just a speech pathologist, she works above and beyond with her families and has a long standing relationship with them. She first worked with my son on articulation and later when my daughter was diagnosed with severe apraxia, she made a point of making space in her schedule to work with us so she could provide therapy to her. Megan specializes in children with apraxia and special needs. She spent time beyond the "billed hours" to make sure that my daughter had the support that she needed. My daughter's latest IEP revealed that she had made significant progress. She went from not speaking at two to now successfully navigating an immersion program in Mandarin at her elementary school. My daughter's success links directly to Megan's work."
-- Brigid, mother of one child with apraxia of speech and one child with language delays.
"Ms. Monica," as we refer to her, has been a presence in our learning environment for several years, supporting individual children and their families, offering convenience by visiting the children at their learning space, during their school day and the parent’s work day.
Monica's ability to connect with the children became evident early on. Not only do the children she works with directly want to go to their sessions with her, but classmates ask when they can have a turn! Monica offers fun and purposeful learning experiences with each child during their sessions.
Monica has also become a helpful resource, welcoming my general, or development-specific, questions and is always willing to spend an extra moment to listen, explain, and offer ideas. As for the individual children who Monica works with, as needed, Monica offers ideas and simple tools for us to incorporate during the school day. Mostly, she provides the learning tools in her individual sessions, and gives "homework" so the children and families can work towards reaching each child's specific goal(s).
It has been, and continues to be, a pleasure to work with Ms. Monica!"
-- PC, Pre-k Teacher, Washington, D.C.
"Monica is a fantastic speech therapist, and I highly recommend her. She really worked to engage my son so that he could learn and have fun. He was always happy to see her and thought of it as play time. She also taught me a lot about how kids form and understand sounds, so that I could help him throughout the week, not just at our sessions. We were happy to graduate out of speech therapy, but sad that we wouldn't see Monica anymore. "
--Melissa, mother of child with expressive language delays
"Monica Tarsches Phillips, was as wonderful with our son as she was with his parents. She had an amazing way of making our son feel like he's just playing, when really she is teaching him important skills. After each session, she'd explain his progress, and best of all, give us very specific tasks we could do to help him progress. To be sure my son was getting the support he needed at daycare, Monica visited his class. My son spent about 8 months in weekly therapy. He's graduated from therapy and tested above his age, even, in some of the skills where he had the biggest deficits. Even though we are no longer clients, Monica gave us more tools to help his speech improve as he gets older. Monica has the warmest personality and is so fun. But what I loved most about her is how she helped my husband and I feel more confident in the things we could do to encourage our son. It can be a scary feeling for a parent to think there is anything "wrong" with her/his child's development. Monica taught us specific skills we could use to help our son and feel less powerless.The only part that makes me sad about my son's speech therapy ending is that we won't get to see Monica."
--Laura, mother of child with a speech, receptive and expressive language delay.
"Both our children saw Megan for different speech disorders and loved her. Megan understood the pathology that they each had, crafted a plan that was meant to address their individual issues, and was able to guide my children and me through the whole process. The process had a beginning, and a clear end. Both kids are now age-appropriate for their speech, and their speech issues are a distant memory. Megan also understands that she is dealing with children, and at no point did she forget that; to this day, both children love her. I could not be happier with the results."
--Molly, mother of of one child with apraxia of speech and one child with language delays.
"We have been to a couple of places (programs and private) looking for speech support for our son. It hasn’t been until now that we’ve received the sense of comfort and confidence in his speech path and progress. We commute for over an hour for his speech appointment, and it’s a commute we wouldn’t hesitate to make. We are very happy to have connected with The Speech Space and with Rachel, who has been wonderful!"
--Reger, father of son with speech and language delays