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.​

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.

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.

201 Massachusetts Ave. N.E., C-9, Washington, D.C.  20002  | 202-544-5469  |  leslie.humes@capitolkidstherapy.com
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ABBY WELCH | M.Ed, CCC-SLP 

abby@capitolkidstherapy.com


Abby Welch, M.Ed, CCC-SLP graduated with a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech Language Pathology and a NC State License as issued by the NC Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.  


Abby has worked with children of all ages representing a variety of communication  disorders, including articulation, apraxia of speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, stuttering, and receptive and expressive language delays. Abby enjoys working with the pediatric population, with a special interest in early intervention for speech and language development. She loves to work with children and their families to plan motivating activities in play-based sessions to help children achieve their communication goals. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and exploring new places with her husband, daughter, Ellison, and Maxie the dog. Abby fosters her creative side through her painting and calligraphy-based Etsy shop. She can’t wait to meet you and help your child better communicate with the world around them!

MEET OUR TEAM OF PEDIATRIC SPEECH THERAPISTS

Our Staff


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. 

CANDACE NUZZO MICHIELS | MA, CCC-SLP


Candace Nuzzo Michiels received her Master’s of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Maryland-College Park, where she was awarded Outstanding SLP Graduate Student at Commencement.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, as well as the D.C. State License issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology, and MD State License issued by the MD DOH Board of Audiologists, Hearing Aid Dispensers & Speech-Language Pathologists.


Candace has worked in a variety of settings with pediatric clients from infants through teens in the home, daycare, clinic, and school environment.  Candace is a PROMPT trained therapist with experience meeting the needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech-language impairment, intellectual disability, neurological impairment, cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, and other developmental disabilities.  Her clinical interests include: articulation and phonological disorders, receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language disorders, fluency disorders, dysarthria, and executive function deficits.


Candace believes that children learn best through a collaborative team approach between the SLP, families and other professionals—including educators, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapists, and Mental Health Professionals. By supporting the child and family in a collaboration model, she ensures maximum progress through carryover and generalization of  skills to all communication settings.

Candace is the youngest of six children and an aunt to 11 nieces and nephews. In her free time, Candace enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and rescue dog, Charlie Brown. 

MONIQUE MAY | MS, CCC-SLP


Monique May MS, CCC-SLP is a proud graduate of Howard University.  Monique graduated with her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders, focusing her clinical development on the educational & pediatric areas of speech language pathology.  She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the DC State License as issued by the DC DOH Board of Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology.

Monique's clinical skills are constantly evolving through her experiences with: articulation/phonology, early intervention, language and literacy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and patients who use augmentative and alternative communication devices. She truly believes in imparting the confidence of communication. Monique also enjoys giving back to the community through volunteering, reading self-help books, and traveling. 

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.

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.