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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.


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!



February 4, 2015

FREE Parent Workshop – Bilingual Language Development

An Evening with Ashley Dowler, MS, CCC-SLP
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm

Learning language is a complex task which children seem to do with ease. Learning more than one language is easier for children than adults, but it does add a level of complexity to the task and can prompt further questions. Please join us for an informative night with Spectrum Pediatrics’ speech-language pathologist, Ashley Dowler, as she provides information on the basics of bilingual or multilingual language development. A portion of the presentation will address how speech and language evaluations can consider bilingual development in the assessment to make appropriate recommendations. Parents will leave the session with some general strategies to encourage listening and speaking skills across multiple languages, insight into different methods of language learning and how speech and language evaluations can consider bilingual development in the assessment. A question-and-answer period will also be included at the end of the workshop to target questions specific to your family’s needs. We hope to see you there for this enlightening presentation!

To register, call (703-299-0051) or email (  Space is limited!  We hope to see you there!


January 29, 2015

Infant Massage Course for Caregivers & Baby

Infant Massage Course for Caregivers and Baby with Ashley Glasser, MS, OTR/L, CEIM
Fridays, February 13 – March 13, 2015, 9:30-10:30am

Nurturing touch stimulates all the systems of the body, relaxes the muscles and the mind, and promotes bonding and attachment for you and your baby. Specific massage techniques can also provide relief from physical discomfort such as constipation, sinus pressure, gassiness and irritability. Spectrum Pediatrics is now offering a 5-week course with Occupational Therapist, Ashley Glasser, who will explain how to provide nurturing touch through infant massage. She will explain the importance of fostering communication between you and your baby through touch and will highlight the benefits of different techniques. Each hour long session will focus on specific massage strokes and their benefits, and will provide time for interaction and questions. The ideal time to focus on infant massage is from 6 weeks to pre-crawling, but there are still benefits for younger and older babies, so the class is open to babies from birth to 12 months.

Classes will be held at: Spectrum Pediatrics 2869 Duke St. Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Registration deadline is February 6, 2015
  • Space is limited!
  • Course Fee: $199 (include one-on-one instruction & handouts for future reference)

Call 703-299-0051 or email ( for a registration form today!

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 19, 2014

FREE Parent Workshop: Re-Defining Feeding Aversions

An Evening with Jennifer Berry, MS, OTR/L and Heidi Liefer Moreland, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, CLC
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm

Please  join us for an informative night with our Occupational Therapist, Jennifer Berry, and Speech Language Pathologist, Heidi Liefer Moreland.  Jennifer and Heidi will be discussing the most overlooked causes and contributions to feeding aversion.  We will be answering the question: Is a child’s food refusal a dysfunction or a skill they learned to cope with the world around them?  Parents will leave with specific ideas for how to improve and protect their child’s relationship with food.  A question and answer period will allow parents to get individualized advice and support.  We strive to empower parents and children so that they can get back on the path to happy and healthy eating.

To register, call (703-299-0051) or email ( by November 7, 2014.  Space is limited!

September 9, 2014

Introducing Fall Therapy Groups!

October 6 – November 21, 2014

Spectrum Pediatrics therapeutic playgroups offer children the opportunity to work on therapy goals in a fun environment with their peers.  This fall we are offering the following groups:

Playful Pandas (Preschool age): Tuesdays 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Reading & Writing Warriors (Kindergarten and older): Thursdays 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

We hope to help your child have fun and learn this fall!



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.