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.
Amy Guthrie M.S., CCC-SLP
Amy is new to the Northern Virginia area, a recent graduate of Florida State University(Go Seminoles!). FSU’s Speech-Language Pathology program is nationally ranked among the top 15 in the country. During graduate school Amy experienced diverse populations and disorders in all settings, and received special training in both autism and behavioral management. She participated in a personnel preparation ASSET (Autism Spectrum Specialized Education and Training) grant for 5 semesters, and presented her research at ASHA in 2012 on Replacing Challenging Behaviors using Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports and Visual Supports. Amy completed her last semester during a full-time internship at the Richmond Children’s Hospital at VCU providing early intervention for children ages birth to three. Prior to graduate school, Amy worked at Florida State University’s Autism Institute under Dr. Amy Wetherby. She was a Family Resource Coordinator on the FIRST WORDS Project, a CDC and NIH funded research study examining a population based screening for autism spectrum disorder and communication delays in children under three years of age. Amy is looking forward to building upon her experiences with such wonderful families here in VA.
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.
Ellen Cook MA, CCC-SLP
Ellen received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University in 2019 and is pursuing
her Clinical Fellowship with Progressive Speech Therapy. She previously attended Saint Louis University (Go Bills!), where she
studied communication sciences and disorders as an undergraduate student. Ellen has a passion for working with young children and has developed experience working with a variety of communication disorders. Her therapeutic experience includes evaluating and treating children with autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, social/pragmatic language difficulties, childhood apraxia of speech, mixed expressive/receptive language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, cerebral palsy, feeding disorders, and genetic syndromes. She has provided services in various clinical settings including DC/Arlington public schools, Early intervention, private practices, and a pediatric outpatient hospital. Ellen’s primary areas of interest include Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Social/Pragmatic Language, Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In her free time, Ellen enjoys running, hiking, exploring DC, and spending time with friends and family.
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.