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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Impactful Pediatric Speech Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Speech Therapy Near Denver, CO

 

At NAPA Center, we take an individualized approach to therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs our services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals.

World-Renowned NAPA Center

 

NAPA Center was founded by Lynette LaScala in 2008 after spending years traveling the world to find the best pediatric therapy programs for her son. Now, NAPA has grown into an industry-leading pediatric therapy center; attracting patients worldwide by offering the best and most innovative therapies. We approach pediatric speech therapy and all of our therapy programs with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate speech and language pathologists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful SLP sessions to help them reach their specific goals.

 

We are welcoming families to join us for weekly pediatric speech therapy near Denver. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening or a tour of our pediatric speech therapy clinic. The NAPA Denver clinic is located at 11211 East Arapahoe Road, Unit 118, Centennial, CO 80112.

 

 

 

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Meet Your NAPA Denver Team

Kari Apple

General Manager, NAPA Denver

Kari is a board-certified behavior analyst with a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. Oh yeah, and did we mention she is also a NAPA mom!? Working with children who have developmental disabilities since 2006, Kari is a mother of three (Madison, Wilson, and Miles) who has firsthand experience traveling for intensive therapy. On top of managing her trio, this powerhouse started an ABA company in Tennessee, making her a perfect fit for NAPA.

Kari Apple

Kari Apple
Lisa Murphy
Dana Thomsen

Global Director: Rehab Services
and Occupational Therapist

OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Lisa is a Doctor of Occupational Therapy and the Director of Rehabilitation at the NAPA Center. She received her Occupational Therapy Doctorate and Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Southern California in 2007 and 2008 and has been practicing in pediatrics in a variety of settings since then.

Lisa's dedicated work in occupational therapy has enabled her to travel worldwide from Ghana to Singapore to Australia aiding children with disabilities. Lisa has a strong passion for working with children and enjoys the help and support the NAPA Center Kids Foundation offers.

Lisa Murphy

Lisa Murphy
Karleigh Page
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Karleigh graduated with a doctorate of physical therapy from Georgia State University. During her time in grad school, she developed her passion for neurologic and pediatric physical therapy. She enjoys play based pediatric therapy as it gives her the opportunity to be creative with her treatment techniques and create a positive, exciting experience for the children that she works with. Karleigh loves helping individuals recreate alongside their peers and has enjoyed volunteering for adaptive golf, swimming, and wheelchair/bike racing programs. In her time outside of the clinic, Karleigh can be found hiking, biking, running or exploring national parks (as she hopes to one day visit all 62)!

Karleigh Page

Karleigh Page
Georgia Berbert
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Georgia received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. She, like most other pediatric therapists, has had a lifelong desire to work with children which began in first grade and continues to this day! Prior to NAPA, Georgia worked in early intervention, inpatient, and outpatient settings. She loves nothing more than helping a kiddo achieve something awesome. Hiking, climbing, skiing, boardgames, consuming large amounts of coffee, what doesn't Georgia do? Spot her easily in her bright colors!

Georgia Berbert

Georgia Berbert
Sammi Folk
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

Sammi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Sammi knew she wanted to be a speech pathologist since her freshman year of high school— stemming from her love of children and her deep desire to help others live their lives to the fullest potential. Prior to joining the NAPA team, Sammi found her passion working with Alternative and Augmentative Communication, feeding disorders, and complex communication needs while working in a private practice in Atlanta, GA. She is excited to support the families and children at NAPA Center by providing engaging, client-centered, and research-based therapy. When she isn’t working, Sammi enjoys being out in the sun, hot yoga, exploring new restaurants, and playing with her furry feline, Millie.

Sammi Folk

Sammi Folk
Holly Knapp
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Holly has always had a passion for pediatrics and working with children of all abilities. During her time in physical therapy school, Holly directed her passion towards founding a wheelchair seating and mobility clinic in Masindi, Uganda and participating in pediatric research through the South Carolina LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program. These experiences allowed Holly to continue growing her passion for collaborating with patients, families, and peers in order to best support the individuals she serves. When Holly is not in the clinic, she can be found indulging in good Mexican food or exploring all that the outdoors have to offer. As a native to Carolina coast, her favorite past time involves hunting for shark teeth. However, she is excited for the opportunity to head west and see what Denver has to offer.

Holly Knapp

Holly Knapp
Stephanie Leaf
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

Stephanie became interested in becoming a speech therapist following her experience as a parent of a child with delayed speech. She earned her Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University and has since worked with children with varying levels of abilities in early intervention, home health, and pediatric outpatient clinics. Stephanie is excited to be a part of the intensive model at NAPA. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, skiing, and hiking with her family and their two Goldendoodles Luke and Leia.

Stephanie Leaf

Stephanie Leaf
Kristen Ballhorn
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Kristen graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a double Bachelor’s in Spanish and Health Science followed by a Master’s in Occupational Therapy where her desire for helping others continued to flourish. Following graduation with fieldwork placements at the University of Michigan pediatric facility and a brain injury rehabilitation clinic, she continued her passion for providing learning and movement opportunities for children with neurological conditions and developmental delays at a pediatric clinic within the Las Vegas area. Kristen takes pride in promoting positive and fun therapeutic environments for patients and their families so each child can achieve their highest potential across a variety of environments. While Kristen is ecstatic to be a part of the NAPA team, she looks forward to seeing each child become stronger, empowered, and confident through play based activities inside and outside of the clinic. When Kristen is not occupied at the NAPA center, she enjoys learning new hobbies, such as surfing and snowboarding, traveling, spending time with her dog Diego, and meeting new people!

Kristen Ballhorn

Kristen Ballhorn
Jeff White
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver in 1995, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Denver in 2012. He owned and managed an outpatient rehabilitation facility from 1998 until 2007, giving up the practice in 2007 to commit to his passion of providing full time pediatric home care. It was during a visit to the NAPA Center in LA to observe a patient of his during an intensive program when his eyes were opened to this truly amazing place. Jeff strives to be a catalyst for change when working with children and their families, assisting them in reaching their full potential. On a personal note, Jeff is a Colorado native and has been married to his wife Renee since 1991 and they have a son, daughter-in-law, and daughter. Jeff’s other areas of interest include spending time with their dog Roxy, church activities/mission trips, woodworking/construction projects, backpacking/hiking, biking, taking family vacations, and hanging out with family and friends.

Jeff White

Jeff White
Paige Tracy
Dana Thomsen

Occupational Therapist

Paige completed her undergraduate degree at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO and her masters degree in occupational therapy at the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, CA. Since leaving Colorado, she has been eager to return, making her decision to join the Denver team an easy one! After completing her clinical rotation as a student at NAPA Center LA, we were certain as well that we had to have her on the NAPA Team. Paige brings the sunshine wherever she goes (even in a Denver snow storm.)

Paige Tracy

Paige Tracy
Jason Nadeau
Dana Thomsen

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado
Jason was inspired to become a Physical Therapist after being a camp counselor and volunteer for children with physical and intellectual disabilities over 10 years. Jason enjoyed promoting inclusion through creative camp activities, watching campers grow physically and socially, and collaborating with parents to understand their child’s unique needs, equipment, and interests. Jason is excited to join the NAPA Center team to continue supporting the growth and potential of children of all abilities. Outside of work, Jason advocates for people with disabilities through local and national leadership roles, and he has presented on topics such as 24-hour postural care, assistive technologies, and adult transition. Jason’s hobbies include running, cooking, eating, and traveling with his wife. Growing up his favorite TV show was Sesame Street, and today he loves anything to do with Pete the Cat.

Jason Nadeau

Jason Nadeau
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Pediatric Speech Therapy Near Denver

Speech, Language, and Feeding therapy services offered by NAPA Center treat a diverse range of diagnoses, including but not limited to:

 

  • » Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • » Cerebral Palsy
  • » Apraxia Speech Therapy
  • » Complex Communication Needs/AAC
  • » Dysphagia or Swallowing Difficulties
  • » Developmental Delay
  • » Fluency Disorders
  • » Genetic, Chromosomal, and Metabolic
  • » Disorders/Syndromes
  • » Picky Eaters, Food Sensory Issues
  • » Pragmatic Language Disorder
  • » Receptive/Expressive Language Impairment
  • » Speech Sound Disorders
  • » Stuttering Therapy

 

For additional resources, visit the NAPA Speech Therapy Blog and the NAPA Feeding Therapy Blog!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Speech Therapy

At NAPA Center, we proudly offer speech therapy for toddlers and children of all ages. Our pediatric speech pathologists provide the child with therapy sessions customized to the child's needs. To discover how NAPA can help your child, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening and a tour of our Denver pediatric speech therapy clinic.

Intensive Speech Therapy

NAPA Center also offers intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. This treatment model is increasingly used throughout the world as patients, therapists, and doctors recognize it’s many benefits and outstanding results. NAPA therapists create a customized program for each patient that varies in time, duration, intensity, and tools used. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Feeding Therapy

NAPA Center provides traditional weekly feeding therapy with our feeding specialists (Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists) to support children’s independence in eating and support families in creating successful mealtime routines. We offer relationship-based developmental feeding services to address various feeding difficulties and VitalStim for the treatment of dysphasia and swallowing difficulties.

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