MEGAN LITTLEPAGE | MS, CCC-SLP

megan@capitolkidstherapy.com 


Megan C Littlepage, MS, CCC-SLP graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Communication Disorders from University of Texas at Dallas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, as well as the DC State License. Megan has worked in public schools, along with DC charter schools and private clients in the home, school, daycare and clinical settings. She is PROMPT trained and specializes in oral-motor therapy, apraxia, and language delays in children from 2-6 years old. Megan has experience working with a variety of children who exhibit speech and/or language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, motor planning delays, and oral motor weaknesses. She lives in NW DC with her husband and french bulldog. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, running, reading, eating cookies, and traveling overseas with her husband.

As the director of Capitol Kids Therapy, I feel it is important to serve the Hill community and its educators in addressing the needs of our children as soon as possible.  Over the years Capitol Kids Therapy has provided teacher and parent workshops to help caregivers recognize the early signs of speech and language delays.  Our relationship with the community and our family friendly approach has made it possible for many children to receive top quality services at home, in school and at the clinic without leaving the Hill.​

201 8th St NE, Suite  301, Washington, D.C.  20002 | 202-544-5469  |  leslie.humes@capitolkidstherapy.com
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About Us

 

​Capitol Kids Therapy is headed by Leslie Williamson Humes who founded the practice in 2000. Our staff consists of nationally certified pediatric speech language pathologists who have met the guidelines of our governing board, The American Speech Language and Hearing Association.  Each therapist also holds a (Washington) DC Speech-Language Pathology license issued by the Speech-Language and Hearing of the DC Department of Health. 

At Capitol Kids Therapy, meeting the national standard is a minimum as we strive to provide the cutting edge in evaluation and treatment strategies. Our staff has received training in PROMPT (www.promptinstitute.com), Lindamood Bell programs, oral motor strengthening (Debra Beckman and Sara Rosenfeld Johnson), auditory processing, apraxia (Pamela Marshalla), oral-motor/sensory feeding programs (Lori Overland, Sequential Oral Sensory and Food Chaining) and sensory integration techniques to maximize attention and regulation for language learning development. 

JENNIFER BRANCHINI | MA, CCC-SLP

jennifer@capitalkidstheraphy.com


Jennifer Branchini, MA, CCC-SLP graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology.   Since beginning her career as a speech therapist, she has had the opportunity to work with clients varying in age from 18 months to 81 years old.  As a practitioner, she has worked with predominately pediatric clients in both private clinic and school settings.  Her experience has included providing therapy to children from birth to adolescence, including those diagnosed with a range of disorders, such as, but not limited to: language and articulation impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), down syndrome, dyslexia, and stuttering.  Ms. Branchini’s clinical expertise and areas of special interest include craniofacial anomalies and cleft lip and palate. This expertise was developed while interning with the Craniofacial Team at Shands Hospital, University of Florida and while participating as a speech therapist in a number of craniofacial camps in Florida. Other areas of professional interest include early intervention, executive function disorder and reading/writing impairments.  On her free time, Ms. Branchini enjoys playing tennis, running, watching 80s movies, baking delicious desserts, and cuddling with her sweet dog, Louie.

LESLIE W. HUMES |  MS, CCC-SLP | FOUNDER OF CAPITOL KIDS THERAPY

leslie.humes@capitolkidstherapy.com


Leslie W Humes, MS, CCC-SLP graduated in 1999 with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology.  Leslie has worked in the public schools and DC public charter schools providing therapy for children with special education services.  Leslie has also worked with private clients in both the home, school and daycare settings.  She is PROMPT trained, specializes in oral-motor/feeding therapy and embraces a play-based approach.   Leslie has experience working with children from birth through pre-teen who exhibit delays in speech and language development, dyspraxia, feeding disorders, autism spectrum disorder, phonemic awareness/reading problems and stuttering disorders.  As the practice owner, Leslie mentors the staff and enjoys being a resource for both parents, teachers, and colleagues. She conducts evaluations, observations, consultations and embraces the opportunity to substitute for staff members as needed.  She is a former resident of Capitol Hill and started Capitol Kids Therapy, LLC from her home near Lincoln Park.  She enjoys an active lifestyle with her husband and two young boys in nearby Arlington. In her free time she enjoys running,  volunteering at her children's schools, connecting with friends and planning fun excursions with her family.

MONICA TARSCHES | M.E.d, CCC-SLP

monica@capitolkidstheraphy.com


Monica Tarsches, M.E.d, CCC-SLP graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association as well as the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology. Monica has worked with private clients in both the clinic, daycare and school settings, as well as in DC public charter schools providing therapy for children who receive special education services. She is PROMPT trained, specializes in early language and speech development and prefers a play-based approach. Monica has experience working with children from birth through pre-teen, but her focus is on children 12 months through 6 years of age who exhibit delays in speech and language development, apraxia of speech, feeding disorders, and autism spectrum disorder. Monica grew up in south Florida, but has enjoyed living in DC, despite the cold winters! She enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and trying out new restaurants with her husband.

BREANNE NEHER | M.S., CCC-SLP 

breanne@capitolkidstherapy.com


Breanne Neher, MS, CCC-SLP graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She completed her undergraduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Loyola Unviersity Maryland. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology, and the Virginia State License issued by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions. Breanne is also certified as an Early Intervention professional through the state of Virginia. She is trained in PROMPT technique and has completed continuing education in the area of pediatric feeding. Breanne has worked in a variety of settings with children in early intervention, private therapy, and inpatient/outpatient at a children’s hospital.

Her experience has included assessment and treatment of children with a variety of communication disorders including articulation and motor speech disorders, stuttering, autism, receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, Down Syndrome and other genetic syndromes, feeding and swallowing (both sensory and developmentally delayed) and deficits in social skills/social communication. Breanne prides herself on strongly connecting with families to best understand their child’s needs and potential. She strives to utilize a variety of creative (and fun!) therapy techniques with each client. During her free time, Breanne is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching cycle and cardio classes. She also enjoys cooking and running with her husband and taking her golden retriever Brody to the beach. 

Our Staff


NICOLE DEZENDORF | M.S., CCC-SLP


Nicole Dezendorf, MS, CCC-SLP graduated in 2012 with a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from The University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her undergraduate studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology, and the Virginia State License issued by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions. Nicole is also certified as an Early Intervention professional in DC.


Her experience includes working with a variety of clients ranging from 15 months to 15 years with communication disorders consisting of: childhood apraxia of speech, articulation/phonological processing disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, phonological awareness, oral function, feeding and fluency. Nicole has received trainings through continuing education in the following areas: The Lidcombe Program for childhood stuttering, J. Scott Yaruss: School-Age Stuttering, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Talk Tools: Oral Placement Therapy, Talk Tools: Sensory Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech & Related Motor Speech Disorders, Nancy Kaufman: Speech to Language Protocol for Apraxia, and Paula Moraine: Dyslexia, ADHD, and Executive Functions – Interventions and Strategies for Children and Adolescents. She has worked in private practice for the last four years and has experience in public schools, including DC charter schools, daycares, and home-based therapy. Nicole has a passion for working with children and their families to assist them in understanding, navigating and overcoming various speech and language disorders. She grew up in Houston, Texas but recently moved to DC with her husband and is having a blast exploring all that the city has to offer! She enjoys going to Barre and Pilates classes, playing tennis, cooking, and traveling.

ANGELA HINDS | MA, CCC-SLP

angela@capitolkidstheraphy.com


Angela Hinds, MA, CCC-SLP graduated in 2014 with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology, and the Virginia State License issued by The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions. Angela has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing, early intervention, schools, and private therapy. Her experience has included assessment and treatment of children with a variety of communication disorders including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation/ phonological disorders, disorders in social aspects of communication, ASD, down syndrome, feeding/swallowing disorders, cochlear implants, hearing loss, and stuttering. Throughout her career Angela has facilitated various social skill groups for children and adolescence with autism and other delays in social aspects of communication. She prides herself on being creative and making therapy fun, functional, and individualized. During her free time, Angela enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies with her soon to be husband, walks through Georgetown with her dog Lola, water sports, and painting.