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February 8, 2016

Spectrum Pediatrics featured in The New York Times Magazine

the new york times magazine when your child won't eatSpectrum Pediatrics is honored to announce that our Feeding Tube Weaning Program was recently featured in the New York Times Magazine.  Virginia Sole-Smith wrote a deeply personal article entitled, “When Your Baby Won’t Eat.”  She bravely shares her family’s journey to help her daughter, Violet, become tube-free and learn to enjoy a healthy relationship with food.  Virginia describes the groundbreaking approach, developed by the owner, Jennifer Berry, OTR/L, that includes using hunger, self-regulation, and play to help children learn how to eat once again.  Please click on the link HERE to read about Virginia and Violet’s journey back to typical mealtimes at the family table with the guidance of the amazing tube-weaning team here at Spectrum Pediatrics.

Following the outpouring of emotions and comments of many families in reaction to her New York Times article, Virginia Sole-Smith provided more information for parents on her personal blog.  In this follow-up article, Virginia shares numerous resources that she found empowering and beneficial when teaching her daughter how to eat again.  Her list of resources can be found HERE, and we are so thankful to be included.

At Spectrum Pediatrics, we hope that we can continue to lovingly help children and their parents around the world transition from feeding tube to the family table.


February 2, 2016

Heidi Moreland featured in The Pediatric Feeding & Dysphagia Newsletter

spectrum pediatrics tube weaning programTube dependent children are among the most fragile of emerging eaters and often experience prolonged treatment in order to progress toward oral eating. Therapists who work with this population are always searching for the best way to help their patients. The Pediatric Feeding and Dysphagia Newsletter is a great source of information for therapists and families who have children who struggle with feeding and swallowing problems. Heidi Moreland, the clinical coordinator of the Spectrum Pediatrics Tube Weaning Program, had the opportunity to do a guest blog in a recent edition. She lists the 4 things all tube-fed kids deserve as they make the transition to being “eaters.” The article also explains the foundations of Spectrum’s tube weaning program and the components that make Spectrum successful for kids and families, with a particular emphasis on family meals and managing stress around mealtimes. She describes the “whole child” and “whole family” approach that is integral to making oral eating sustainable and enjoyable for everyone.

Check out her article HERE!

September 18, 2015

FREE On-Site Staff Trainings

Spectrum Pediatrics is happy to offer these FREE and educational opportunities for your staff throughout the school year. We can provide information on the following topics:

• Movement in the classroom —Research shows that movement provides more meaningful learning for children because it accesses their physical, emotional, cognitive areas. Our OTs can show you how to incorporate it into your room for maximum learning!

• Facilitating social skills — Social skills are an integral part of each child’s school experience that is not addressed with formal curriculum. Our SLPs can help you learn how to foster those skills between students to make interactions between your kids even better!

• Handwriting — Our OTs can help you identify the visual, perceptual, and motor factors that make handwriting and drawing challenging for some of your students. We will outline some tips that will enhance your writing curriculum to help your students use crayons and pencils with greater ease.

• Speech development — Our SLPs can educate your staff on typical speech-language development in the areas of speaking, listening, correct sound productions, stuttering, and more! We will also address how to apply this information to enrich your curriculum and classroom.

We will also include an open question and answer portion during each 1-hour presentation. Please contact our Office Manager at or (703) 299-0051 to set up your staff training today!

July 23, 2015

Spectrum Pediatrics Annual Family Picnic 2015

Hidden Pond Nature Center – 8511 Greeley Blvd, Springfield, VA
Saturday, August 22 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Let’s get together and celebrate the accomplishments of our superstar kids and families during the past year.  We will be gathering in this fun and educational environment and look forward to seeing you there!  For more information about the cool location please visit  Don’t forget to RSVP!



April 10, 2015

Occupational Therapy Month: Focus on Feeding

Spectrum PediatricsApril is Occupational Therapy Month!  OTs play a large role in helping children learn how to complete their “occupations” that are important to their daily activities, including dressing, writing, coloring, picking up toys, and of course, feeding!  In honor of this special profession and month, Spectrum Pediatrics would love to share this article from Tufts University celebrating our OT, Jennifer Berry!  She was highlighted in their newsletter for her work with feeding and tube weaning.  Read all about her accomplishments with Spectrum Pediatrics here on page five.  We are so proud of all of our OTs at Spectrum Pediatrics and their creative, knowledgable approaches to children’s daily activities!

October 15, 2014

Welcome to our Newest OT, Lauren Foster!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Occupational Therapist, Lauren Foster, OTD, OTR/L

Lauren is an occupational therapist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, and a master and doctoral degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. Before moving to Virginia, Lauren was a clinical assistant professor in Occupational Therapy Education Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While at the University of Kansas, Lauren co-directed the Sensory Supported Swimming program, a program that teaches swimming to children with autism. Along with her teaching responsibilities, she also published numerous articles on best practices for young children with special needs. Lauren’s practice philosophy emphasizes building on the strengths and resources of children and their families to promote child development. Lauren is joining us after her recent August wedding. Congrats, Lauren! We know you will be a great asset to our team!


October 2, 2014

Welcome to Our Newest SLP, Jamie Hinchey!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Speech-Language Pathologist, Jamie Hinchey, CF-SLP

Jamie is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is originally from Rhode Island and obtained her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Jamie has worked in a variety of clinical settings with both adult and pediatric clients, but she has always had a passion for working with young children and their families. Jamie enjoys seeing the direct impact she has had on a child’s ability to communicate with their family and loved ones. She loves the family-centered approach used at Spectrum Pediatrics. Jamie feels strongly about working collaboratively with team members to allow children to reach their maximum potential in their most natural environment. Jamie we are so happy to have you!

September 1, 2014

Spectrum Pediatrics in Chicago!!!

Spectrum Pediatrics is proud to announce that our very own Heidi Moreland is now seeing children for speech therapy and feeding therapy in the Chicago area.  Heidi brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skill to children and families in the Windy City.  To make an appointment with Heidi or learn more about our nation-wide tube weaning program, please call 703-299-0051.   

July 31, 2014

FREE Screenings for Speech & Occupational Therapy!

Spectrum Pediatrics will be offering FREE speech-language and occupational therapy screenings during the week of August 18-22, 2014!  Sign up today!

Click HERE for more information!

Speech Screenings:

Does your child have difficulty with: language (communication/ vocabulary), speech (articulation), hearing, stuttering, voice, social skills, tongue thrusting, swallowing or feeding?

Occupational Therapy Screenings:

Are you concerned about: your child’s play skills, sensitivity to different types of clothing, aggressive behavior, always being “on the go”, poor attention span, handwriting, coordination, dressing, bathing, utensil usage, tight neck musles, frustration with manipulating small objects or following people or objects with their eyes?

If you answered YES, then please call (703-299-0051) or email ( for a FREE 30 minute screening! We can help identify areas of concern and the need for a possible speech or occupational therapy evaluation.




June 26, 2014

Welcome to our newest SLP, Ashley Dowler!

A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Speech-Language Pathologist, Ashley Dowler, MS, CCC-SLP

ashley dowler spectrum pediatrics slpSpectrum Pediatrics is happy to announce the addition of Ashley Dowler to our team.  Ashley is a Speech-Language Pathologist who received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Harding University. Ashley has worked with children in early intervention, daycares, preschools, and clinics. She also spent three summers living in Zambia, Africa, working on communication, literacy, and feeding skills with young children. She continues to support education and advocacy efforts for children with special needs in Zambia. She is passionate about continuing education and enjoys opportunities to learn as much as possible to help the children and families she serves.  A big, big welcome to you, Ashley!  We are thrilled to have you at Spectrum Pediatrics!