Progressive Speech Therapy

Progressive Speech Therapy

44121 Harry Byrd Highway, Suite 255, Ashburn, VA 20147

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

This week, ASHA's Identify the Signs campaign welcomed its newest campaign partner, Baby Navigator! This is a new online resource from the creators of Autism Navigator (also certified speech-language pathologists)! View--and share--Baby Navigator's new public service announcement with families that have young children. For more visit the Baby Navigator website at

Temple Grandin Named to National Women's Hall of Fame Congratulations, Dr. Grandin.

May Autism and Dev Differences Parent Coffee: Mental Health Awareness Month May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Research tells us that parents of children with autism experience exceptionally high levels of stress, levels similar to soldiers in combat zones. In addition, many people with autism experience co-occuring mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depressio...

I just heard back from the Governor's office and May 14, 2019 will be the official Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day! I just received the proclamation by email but if anyone in Richmond is interested in picking it up in person we can coordinate a celebratory event!

Child Apraxia Treatment

Check it out, FREE evidence based apraxia group for parents and professionals!!!!

The new Child Apraxia Treatment page will provide Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)-related resources for both therapists and parents, including video clips, answers to common questions, and more.

Follow our page (@ChildApraxiaTreatment) to stay current on new CAS research, get treatment tips that you can use immediately in your practice, and see answers to questions submitted to our panel of experts.

We encourage you to "like" our page and share it with colleagues and parents. Please help us spread the word about CAS and DTTC! The page will also include information about upcoming workshops, which can easily be shared as well.

We provide information and resources related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) diagnosis and treatment to both clinicians and parents.

April Autism and Dev Diff Parent Coffee: Creating a Game Plan When a child is diagnosed with a developmental difference, such as autism, the amount of advice that comes pouring in can feel like drinking water from a fire hose! Sorting through all the recommendations from professionals and well-meaning friends and family, in addition to our own online research,...

Skill Builders

Today we honor and celebrate our kids on the Autism Spectrum. Have a wonderful Autism Awareness Day!

Parenting Class: Engaging Autism Engaging Autism Class Description: When young children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, parents and caregivers often struggle with feeling connected and insecure in their own ability to support their child in his or her development. In this workshop, parents and caregivers will learn....

Northam signs law removing age cap for autism treatment coverage Legislation that expands health care insurance coverage to adults with autism has now been signed into law.

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC - SLP

HERE ARE THE APP SALES YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR! Don't miss these #AAC and #SpecialEducation app deals in honor of #AutismAcceptanceMonth! Many thanks to the developers participating this year!!

Pay close attention to specific sale dates for each app and mark your calendars! These sales typically run only once or twice a year. The next sales won't be until October for AAC Awareness Month.

Not all AAC companies are running sales. I contacted all major AAC app developers, so if you don't see an app listed, it's not on sale.

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The Center for AAC & Autism

Great News! The LAMP Words for Life app is half price April 2-6th for Autism Awareness month. LAMP Words for Life is adaptable to support beginning to advanced communicators. The sale price is available everywhere the app is available!

Autism Community Day

The Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Autism Program is sponsoring Autism Community Day between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 6th, at the LCPS Administrative Offices in Ashburn.

This free event will feature the following activities:

Yoga demonstrations
Performances by Heritage High School students
Moon bounce
Chick-fil-A food truck
Sensory Room
Gaming truck
Bubble wagon
Ice cream truck
Fun run
All children attending this event must be accompanied by an adult.

To register for this event, go to

If, due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate or need an interpreter, call LCPS Parent Resource Services at 571-252-6540 at least five working days prior to the event.

The LCPS Administrative Offices are located at 21000 Education Court, Ashburn.

Nothing Down

We are so excited to release our 2019 World Down Syndrome Day dance video!

#nothingdown #WorldDownSyndromeDay #wdsd2019 #rockyoursocks

Special Education Conference 2019 - Self-Determined Student Strand | Fairfax County Public Schools

Special Education Conference 2019 - Self-Determined Student Strand
This year's Special Education Conference has a Self-Determined Student Strand. It is a four hour conference led by “I’m Determined” youth leaders for FCPS students, ages 14-22. Special Education Conference 2019 - Self-Determined Student Strand This year's Special Education Conference has a Self-Determined Student Strand. It is a four hour conference led by “I’m Determined” youth leaders for FCPS students, ages 14-22. Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:...

Parents of Gifted Children

Our very own Pooja Aggarwal was featured on the Apraxia Kids blog!

Are you curious about how SLPs can be involved with our organization? On our blog today, we are sharing Pooja's story! From Boot Camp Graduate to Outreach Coordinator, she is making a difference in the lives of children with apraxia of speech in her community!

"That one time a journal article on speech sounds broke the SLP internet" The Informed SLP

This doesn't have to be an "OMG my caseload's going to explode" thing. It can be a way to actually get CONTROL of your caseload. Seriously.

And feeling in control feels good, does it not?

Three places for you to learn more!

1) I wrote a blog post back in December that explains this whole "new speech sound norms" thing many of you may have seen or heard about. Read here:

2) Then yesterday, Sarah Bevier and Lisa Kathman of SLPToolkit interviewed Dr. Kelly Farquharson about the topic. The three of them make a truly powerful trio, speaking to how to *realistically* approach speech sound disorders in schools. Listen here:

3) Then just this week FOUR journal articles were published on the topic!

Speech Sound Disorders in Schools: Who Qualifies?

Standardized Tests and the Diagnosis of Speech Sound Disorders

Using Developmental Norms for Speech Sounds as a Means of Determining Treatment Eligibility in Schools

It Might Not Be “Just Artic”: The Case for the Single Sound Error

Eligibility and Speech Sound Disorders: Assessment of Social Impact

Some great LCPS resources!

Toy Request Form Please fill out this form to be added to our toy request list. We will strive to provide toys/adaptations for as many kids as possible!

The Anne R. Lipnick Special Education Parent Resource Center

Remember, on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, there is a workshop, Managing Problem Behaviors in Young Children, in the library of John Adams Elementary School, 6:30-8:00 pm. This session focuses on preschool and elementary children. Please contact 703-824-6764 if you are interested in attending.

Communicating is About Relating When we demand communication from an AAC user, we risk making communication feel like work. We want it to be about relationships. Forcing someone to use their device can build task demand-related…

Alexandria City Public Schools

Free Hearing Screenings, Saturday, January 26, 2019, courtesy of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.

The Parents' Place of Maryland

[01/14/19]   Pooja Aggarwal has recently taken on the volunteer position of being a Regional Outreach Coordinator for Apraxia Kids. While Progressive Speech Therapy sees individuals with a variety of speech, language, and feeding concerns, we also specialize in CAS. Pooja is additionally a graduate of the 2011 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Advanced Training Institute. If anyone has CAS questions please feel free to email at [email protected] and we will be happy to help in every way we can!

The Center for AAC & Autism

This week we are bringing to you the first of a series of activities you can use to teach core vocabulary with your students/clients. This week's Core Word Activity is...

Many children are very motivated by movement – especially on the swing whether your child
enjoys swinging at the playground or in the occupational therapy sensory/motor space.

1-word level:
Go – use this word to encourage your child to request being pushed on the swing. Remember
that it has a great built in verbal prompt: “Ready, set…”
Stop – model this word when you stop the swing, and allow your child to tell you that he/she is
done with the swing by saying “stop.”
Turn – many children enjoy spinning on the swing. Allow him/her to request the swing to “turn.”
Fast/Slow – encourage the use of these words when allowing your child to request the speed at
which he/she is being swung.
Up/Down-model use of these words as you comment about the swing going "up" and coming back "down"
Colors or Big/Little or-let your child choose which swing they want to get on or have them tell you "that" swing as they point

2-word level:
Get on – before initiating movement, you may model this phrase to teach the preposition “on.”
Get off – gently sabotage your child’s routine by getting on the swing and prompting them to
tell you to “get off!”
Push me – this phrase is probably the most commonly used by children on the playground
Turn me – Let your child ask to be spun using this phrase
Go fast/slow-let your child direct you on what speed to make the swing go
Go up- Let your child direct you to make the swing go up in the air

“I want to go”
“I want to stop”
“It’s my turn to swing”
“Push me faster”
“Push me higher”
“Make me go fast”
"I want that one"
"You make me go"
"I go up"
"Turn me more"

Tax changes make "ABLE" savings accounts even more valuable for people with disabilities Tax changes give eligible people with disabilities several ways to put additional money into these special accounts

The Informed SLP

Visit and install this (FREE!) extension in your browser. It allows you, with the click of a button, get free legal versions of journal articles (when available... they're not always available, but it helps).

Free science. Open science. Smart, huh?

#ebpslp #slpeeps

The Center for AAC & Autism

Core Word of the Week: Want

“I want that!” “Want it?” “I want to go!” “Want more!” The word “want” is one of the most common words used to express desire.

This word also tops high frequency vocabulary lists for toddlers and for preschoolers.

The word “want” can be one of the most powerful words for a beginning communicator. While a child’s vocabulary is developing, teach him/her to use a point gesture so that he/she can pair the word “want” with a point to request objects in the environment for which he/she has not
yet learned a vocabulary word. This word also pairs nicely with the determiner “that” for phrases like “want that.”

Be sure to model the word “want” to your child when asking them questions (e.g., “Do you want more?”) and when directing them (e.g., “I want you to clean your room”).

While “want” is a very powerful word, not all requests should begin with “I want.” Be sure to help your child use a variety of word combinations to make requests. In fact, in typically developing language the “I” is absent in the first 2-word combinations.

Also remember that requests with the word “want” do not need to always be about objects. Help your child to learn to request actions (e.g., go, run, jump), adverbs (e.g., fast, slow) and to request that other
people perform these actions too.

How do you teach the word "want"?

The Informed SLP

It doesn’t have to be either/or when you’re planning therapy for your minimally-verbal kids with autism. In 2015, Brady et al. used an intervention combining both modes that helped kids learn to say new words.

Our review:

Of this research:

Peachjar Flyers

The Autism Team at LCPS is hosting an information session on behavior management:


PRC And The Center For AAC & Autism Are Proud to Unveil LAMP Words For Life® - VI!

Apraxia Kids

Make visiting Santa as fun for children with apraxia as it is for all children! Our new "Letter to Santa" download will tell Santa all about your child, and has spaces for you to fill in your child's wish list of presents!

A great upcoming resource!

October Newsletter - Apraxia Kids

Pooja Aggarwal is honored to have accepted the Outreach Coordinator position for our region with Apraxia-Kids! Dear Friends, As our organization grows, our commitment to serving as many families as possible is unwavering. Our staff met in December 2017 to discuss the needs of the families we serve, and it was clear to us that we needed to have a presence within local communities to understand the obstacles a...

Inside Scoop 569 September 17, 2018

Watch owner and clinical director of Progressive Speech Therapy, Pooja Aggarwal, speak about Childhood Apraxia of Speech on the television show "The Inside Scoop."

Cesar del Aguila is joined by: Pooja Aggarwal, MS CCC SLP, Owner & Clinical Director Progressive Speech Therapy, LLC, ( and Jennif...

Apraxia Kids

Looking for information to take to your child's new teachers or classmates? We have downloads on our website! Check them out here:

Apraxia-KIDS Library - Apraxia Kids

Anyone that knows me knows that I think Ruth Stoeckel is brilliant and her information is well researched, evidence based, and BEST practice... all of her webinars are free today!


We are celebrating Apraxia Awareness Month by recognizing the speakers who have given their time to present multiple webinars for Apraxia Kids! Today only, all of Ruth Stoeckel’s webinars are FREE*! Ruth Stoeckel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a clinical speech-language pathologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Stoeckel is on the professional advisory Council of Apraxia Kids. Her webinars cover topics like literacy, research, and cognative and learning issues.

To see all the available webinars, go to our website: © 2018 - Apraxia-KIDS - the Internet's largest, most comprehensive and trusted website for information on childhood apraxia of speech (verbal dyspraxia, developmental apraxia of speech) and children's speech and language topics - including evaluation, speech therapy, research and other childhood co...

Events Archive - Special Needs Trust Program

June1: 10am - 12pm

Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

It is important to ensure that your loved one is financially secure when you can no longer provide help. In this presentation, learn about the roles of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts in safeguarding government benefits while ensuring your loved one's personal needs and aspirations are met now and in the future.

Presenter: Tia Marsili, Director of Trusts, The Arc of Norther Virginia

All Sessions are FREE
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