Progressive Speech Therapy is committed to ensuring that every single child seen receives the very highest quality of care. Each child's unique needs are assessed personally by Pooja to make individualized referrals to help establish a team of medical, allied health, and educational professionals that will maximize the child's progress. Progressive Speech Therapy takes pride in finding the person from each field who will be the best fit for each child's needs. Progressive Speech Therapy opened it's doors in 2008 to ensure that families' hopes are met with the very best progress possible for their children. Please see below for more information about our exceptional team of therapists.
Pooja Aggarwal, Director, M.S., CCC-SLP
Pooja is the Owner and Clinical Director of Progressive Speech Therapy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia University and has 15+ years of experience helping children with special needs. She is focused on continuing education and the latest research developments within the field. Pooja is a recipient of the ACE (Award for Continuing Education). She has a passion for working with children and uses an ecclectic approach that combines the most current evidence-based techniques in her clinical practice. Her continuing education includes, but is not limited to, DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing), PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), RDI (Relationship Development Intervention), ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis), Food Chaining, Mealtime Partners, the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, and LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning). Pooja is also a graduate of the 2011 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Advanced Training Institute – she is CASANA Recognized for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Pooja frequently presents both locally and nationally to a variety of audiences including parents and medical/allied health professionals. Pooja coauthored the CASSOS (ChildhoodApraxia of Speech Severity of Speech Rating Scale) for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, which was presented at the CASANA National 2012 Conference and the American Speech Hearing Association 2013 National Conference. Pooja most recently has presented a full day of training for the Loudoun and Prince William County school districts with the esteemed Dr. Ruth Stoeckel. Pooja and Dr. Stoeckel presented again at the 2019 Apraxia Kids National Conference.
Pooja has experience in multiple settings (Homes, Outpatient Pediatric & Otolaryngology Clinics, Preschools, Daycares, Acute and Rehabilitative care facilities, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and has performed services on a volunteer basis in Kenya, India, and Canada.
Katie Barnes, M.A. CCC-SLP, BCaBA
Katie received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2015. She previously attended the University of Mary Washington where she studied psychology as an undergraduate student. She is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and has over 7 years of experience providing services in Applied Behavior Analysis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Katie’s continuing education has included, but is not limited to DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cuing), PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication), and LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning). Katie has experience working with infants and toddlers through adolescents. Katie has worked with in early intervention, private pediatric clinics, and provideed services to adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Katie is experienced and passionate about providing speech, language, and feeding services to children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as a variety of other speech language disorders. Katie is enthusiastic about providing a multidisciplinary approach to intervention by combining her background in ABA with her speech and language therapy.
Emily Kurinsky, MA CCC-SLP
Emily received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2014. She has a wide range of therapeutic experience that includes evaluating and treating children with childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, executive dysfunction, language disorders, developmental delays, articulation and phonological disorders, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, social/pragmatic language difficulties, and sensory processing disorders.
Emily has worked extensively with toddlers and school-age children diagnosed with a variety of disorders both in private practice and in a private school for children with language and learning disabilities using Greenspan’s Floortime and Affect Based Language Curriculum.
Emily is the recipient of the Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from the American Speech-Hearing Association in recognition of her commitment to lifelong learning in the field. She has continuing education in a wide range of areas including DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cuing), PROMPT(Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Autism Spectrum Disorders, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), and Social Thinking from Michelle Garcia Winner. Emily has experience working with multimodal communicators and is familiar with a wide variety of high-tech, low tech, and no tech communication methods. In 2019 Emily was designated a LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) Certified Professional by the Center for AAC and Autism.
Alex Rainsdon M.A., CF-SLP
Alex received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The George Washington University in 2020. She previously attended Brigham Young University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a minor in Linguistics. Alex has experience working with a wide range of individuals as a Speech-Language Technician at a facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Alex also has clinical research experience working in the Lab of Autism and Developmental Neuroscience at George Washington University where she collaborated with other researchers regarding eating/feeding behaviors of children and adults with autism. Alex successfully completed and defended her Master’s thesis entitled, “Feasibility and Need for a Parent-Implemented Picky Eating Intervention for ASD.” Alex is passionate about providing evidence-based practice speech therapy services to individuals with autism, social pragmatic/communication disorder, receptive/expressive language disorders, feeding disorders, speech sound disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication.
Rebecca L. Pereira, M.A., CCC-SLP
Rebecca recently received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University and is completing her Clinical Fellowship at Progressive Speech Therapy! Rebecca has been a Registered Behavioral Technician since 2016 and has experience working with children with autism from toddlers to teens. Rebecca has experience providing therapy in homes, private practices, public, private and charter schools. Rebecca has clinical research experience in the Lab for Early Social Cognition at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she took on the role of lead experimenter on several studies. During graduate school Rebecca collaborated with faculty to determine processes to develop, discuss and dissipate evidence-based research within the department and community. Rebecca has continuing education in Childhood Apraxia of Speech including DTTC (Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing) and Principles of Motor Learning, Alternative and Augmentative Communication. Rebecca has a strong interest in evidence based practice and it’s clinical implications particularly with children with autism and apraxia.
Alexis Wood MS CCC SLP
Alexis received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2007. For nearly a decade she worked with preschool- and school-age students in public school settings. She evaluated and treated students with a wide range of needs, and became an advocate for evidence-based practice in schools.
Alexis later worked as a private practitioner based in Sarajevo, Bosnia for several years. She provided speech and language therapy for English-speaking expatriate clients, provided training at local centers for children with disabilities, and provided speech services via teletherapy for many U.S. military and foreign service families around the globe.
Alexis values life-long learning and is dedicated to keeping up with best practices in speech-language pathology. She has co-authored papers and presentations on child language & literacy development. Her primary areas of interest include speech sound disorders (including articulation, phonological, and motor speech disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech), expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language disorders, and written language disorders (reading, writing, and spelling). She is happy to be back in the D.C. area, and is excited about working with families in Northern Virginia.
Vickie Reisman, Bachelors in Business Administration - Accounting
Vickie received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Armstrong State College. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting from Savannah State College where she graduated summa cum laude. Vickie has experience working in accounting and Financial Analysis for a tertiary care hospital. She has extensive experience in cost accounting and Governmental reporting for Medicare and Medicaid.