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Pediatric Speech Therapy


Impactful Pediatric Speech & Feeding Therapy,

Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

About NAPA Center Los Angeles – Our Flagship Location

 

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.

 

Discover How NAPA Can Help Your Child or Loved One

 

At NAPA Center, we offer individualized pediatric therapy programs with unique combinations of our wide range of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and more. We strive to provide children and families with hope by offering services in a playful environment that helps children maximize their full potential. Join the NAPA family by scheduling a free screening and/or a tour of our Los Angeles clinic!

 

Meet Your Team of Los Angeles Speech Therapists

Miki Fukusumi

Global Director: Speech Therapy Services
and Speech Therapist

MA Speech-Language Pathology, California State University, Long Beach

The extensive impact that communication and feeding have on a child's everyday quality of life are deep passions that drew Miki to the field of speech-language pathology. Miki loves working together with parents to support a child’s gains in therapy. Her prior clinical experience includes ABA therapy, feeding therapy in a pediatric hospital setting, early intervention, and in school-based settings. Miki’s areas of special interest involve feeding/swallowing disorders, language disorders, early language acquisition, and intervention with severe/medically complex diagnoses. This outdoors enthusiast loves to travel and explore new places, read, and eat delicious food!

Miki Fukusumi

Miki Fukusumi
Erica Filipovits
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Loyola University Maryland

Erica’s interest in speech language pathology stems from her passion for providing everyone with the ability to communicate. Erica has always loved working with the pediatric population and uses her endless energy to always make therapy fun. As a speech therapist, she loves to find unique ways to help children build connections with others through communication. Her clinical interests include AAC, language disorders, and intervention with children with complex communication needs. New to the West Coast, Erica loves to go to the beach, explore LA, travel, run, and read.

Erica Filipovits

Erica Filipovits
Pooja Patel
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

M.S, Speech-Language Pathology, Adelphi University

Pooja’s passion for speech pathology stems from her love of children, medicine, and technology. Before joining NAPA, Pooja worked at a specialized school in New York City for children with medically complex communication needs. There, she found her love for Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology. As an SLP and assistive technology provider, Pooja enjoys finding creative ways for children to develop communication and play skills through technology. She is devoted to helping children find their voice and has experience working closely with parents and a multi-disciplinary team to expand communication across all contexts. Find Pooja traveling and trying new and delicious food all over the world!

Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel
Jamie Lacroix
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

BS Communication Disorders, California State University Long Beach

Jamie is a board game playing, amusement park going, cooking, and exercising queen, who also happens to be a mom of two! While researching different ways to help her children, both of whom needed speech services, Jamie discovered a love for the world of speech and language. Like many moms, she relies on and appreciates how her kid’s therapists have transformed her family’s life and overall wellbeing. It’s absolutely apparent to us that Jamie loves getting to give back. She continues to research and find different ways to reach each child. “There is no better feeling than working with a child and seeing them grow with their speech, language and communication.”

Jamie Lacroix

Jamie Lacroix
Julie Knight
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

AA, Cerritos College

Julie comes from an elementary school based environment. She works predominately with children who have Autism. Her background includes Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy and Picture Exchange Communications Systems. She is passionate about working in Early Intervention and celebrating success big or small with parents.

Everyone at NAPA loves being around Julie. She brings a fun and vibrant energy with her wherever she goes. Sometimes we catch her on the the trampoline or in the ball pit after all of the kids leave.

Julie Knight

Julie Knight
Katherine Moon
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

M.Ed. Speech-Language Pathology, Valdosta State University

Katie is a Southern California native who loves all things outdoors. Her passion for speech-language pathology stems from the belief that every child deserves a voice. Katie’s clinical experience has been focused on the early intervention and school age population, working as a speech-language pathology assistant prior to completing her master’s degree. Her interests include Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), early intervention, parent coaching, and feeding. Our kids love hanging out with Ms. Katie. One parent reported "my kid likes Katie more than me!"

Katherine Moon

Katherine Moon
Kayla Moran
Dana Thomsen

Speech Language Pathologist

This Southern California native found her passion for working with children while at NAPA as a student and was excited to join our amazing team! As a speech-language therapist, Kayla believes in the power of play to promote communication. She loves working with families and other multidisciplinary team members through collaboration to help children reach their goals. When not at NAPA, Kayla enjoys taking her dog to the beach, learning new skills (She is currently learning Spanish!), and curling up with a good book.

Kayla Moran

Kayla Moran
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Pediatric Speech Therapy Near Los Angeles

 

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 therapists 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 Los Angeles pediatric speech therapy clinic. The NAPA Los Angeles clinic is located at 11840 S La Cienega Blvd, Hawthorne, California, 90250.

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.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

Schedule a free 30-minute screening with one of our therapists today!

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