Therapists

Debbie Perry, MSR, CCC-SLP, ATP - co-owner and director

Debbie received her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation in Speech Language Pathology from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2006. After graduating she spent time in Costa Rica, volunteering in an orphanage. Here Debbie improved her ability to speak Spanish and is now able to provide basic bilingual therapy. Upon returning she and her husband moved to San Diego, CA where Debbie began her career working in San Diego Public Schools and a private clinic focusing on treating children with Autism. After settling in the DC area she furthered her career working at a pediatric hospital with children who are medically fragile. Here Debbie began to specialize her knowledge in feeding therapy and assistive technology with children from birth to 21 years of age. Debbie also worked as an Assistive Technology Specialist at a DC charter school for children with special needs and in an assistive technology clinic at The HSC Pediatric Center. Debbie's passion is Assistive Technology, particularly AAC and implementing its use in the community. Debbie is a certified Assistive Technology Professional and is trained in Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP), Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson's Program, DIR/Floortime, and PROMPT. She is well versed in programming and implementation of all major AAC devices, as well as alternative access methods. Debbie is also the mother of two vibrant kiddos.

debbie@eatspeakplay.com

703-828-7570


Erika Lawyer, MS, OTR/L, ATP - co-owner and director

Erika received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire in 2007. Erika has worked at a pediatric hospital with children who are medically fragile where she began to specialize her skills in the treatment of children ages birth to 21 years old. After this she worked as an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist at a DC charter school for children with special needs. Erika has experience in splinting, Assistive Technology, feeding, evaluation for seating and positioning, sensory integration, and developmental therapy. Erika is trained in NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment), Beckman Oral Motor Therapy, Handwriting without Tears, and CIMT (Constraint Induced Movement Therapy) and is a certified Assistive Technology Professional. Erika is also the mother of two amazing little girls.

erika@eatspeakplay.com

703-828-7590


Patty Johnson, MS, OTR/L

Patty works as a contractor for Eat, Speak, Play!. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. After graduation she moved with her husband to Fort Worth, TX, where she began working with children birth-21 years with special needs in their homes. After a year of home health, Patty started working in an outpatient clinic where she was able to expand on her therapeutic skills for children with special needs. She has experience in sensory integration therapy, behavioral approaches, handwriting, and developmental therapy. Patty is trained in HWT (Handwriting Without Tears) and The Wilbarger Protocol.


Rebekah Farrar, MS, CCC-SLP

Rebekah received her Masters of Education in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Buffalo State. After graduating, she attended the Bilingual Extension Institute at Teachers College Columbia University. Rebekah then moved to Germantown, Maryland and began her career in a private clinic. During summer of 2017, Rebekah moved to Alexandria, Virginia and transitioned into a position with a local school system. Rebekah’s areas of interest are in bilingualism, Autism, and articulation and phonological disorders. Rebekah has completed trainings in the areas of disability evaluations, social communication, and play based preschool therapy. Rebekah is also trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) Level 1.