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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 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.

Miki Fukusumi

Miki Fukusumi

Miki Fukusumi
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.”

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. She continues to research and find different ways to reach each child.

Jamie Lacroix

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 comes from an elementary school based environment. She works predominately with children who have autism. She is passionate about working in Early Intervention and celebrating success big or small with parents. 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

Julie Knight
Katherine Moon
Dana Thomsen

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Los Angeles

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!"

Katie's 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. Our kids love hanging out with Ms. Katie!

Katherine Moon

Katherine Moon

Katherine Moon
Kayla Moran
Dana Thomsen

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Los Angeles

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.

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! 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.

Kayla Moran

Kayla Moran

Kayla Moran
Kelley Abarquez
Dana Thomsen

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Los Angeles

Kelley is a speech-language pathologist from Southern California who worked as an SLPA for three years before obtaining her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in 2023. She always loved working with kids. Her experiences in diverse pediatric settings taught her the value of using play, creativity, and collaboration to empower children and their families. Kelley is honored to continue serving others with NAPA. Her passions include early intervention, neurodiversity- affirming care, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and feeding. To refill her cup, Kelley enjoys hitting the gym, crocheting, spending time with her rabbits, or trying new restaurants or breweries with her family and friends.

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! 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.

Kelley Abarquez

Kayla Moran

Kelley Abarquez
Megan DeKeyser
Dana Thomsen

Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist
NAPA Los Angeles

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, Central Michigan University

Megan's interest in the field of speech-language pathology began in high school following a day of shadowing an SLP. Megan earned her B.S. from Grand Valley State University and M.A. from Central Michigan University, where her volunteer and clinical experiences spanned a variety of settings, therapy models, and evaluation/treatment options. While she has enjoyed all settings and caseloads, Megan's interests are in pediatric motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, fluency, speech-sound disorders, and dysphagia. She strives to help patients and their families make meaningful and sustainable progress toward their goals and is looking forward to being a part of the intensive therapy model at NAPA Center! In her free time, Megan enjoys cycling, rock climbing, pickleball, and exploring new areas in California.

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! 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.

Megan DeKeyser

Kayla Moran

Megan DeKeyser
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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 Pediatric Speech Therapy Program Page

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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