About The Coleman Therapy Center


CTC is owned and directed by Catherine B. Coleman, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist.  Catherine has owned SPEAC, LLC, Speech Pathology, Education and Consulting for 10 years. 

Catherine is a former George Washington University Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor.  Classes taught by Catherine were Voice and Diction, Language Disorders and Development, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods and a weekly clinical seminar. 

Catherine believes that families play a crucial role in the therapeutic process.  Families are always encouraged to join in therapy sessions when appropriate and typically receive a full explanation why certain therapies are used and how these can be reinforced in the home environment. 

All of the CTC therapists attend continuing education programs on the therapies which are supported by research and evidence-based practice.  All therapy treatment plans are individualized to meet the needs of each child and typically contain a family/home plan to ensure skill generalization.



Ashley earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University.  She has worked in public schools for children presenting with language, articulation, and fluency disorders.  She has experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities as well as those requiring augmentative/alternative communication (AAC).  She enjoys working closely with families, teachers, and other therapists regarding treatment plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  Ashley lives in Reston, Virginia.



Melissa has gained experience through working in the private practice setting, within the Arlington County Public Schools system, at a private school for special needs children, and through various camps.  Melissa enjoys working with a wide variety of children, expecially those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, articulation disorders, and reading disabilities.  Melissa lives in Warrenton, Virginia with her family.



Jennifer has always been interested in language and communication.  She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University and a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maryland.

Jennifer has worked in private schools for children with emotional, behavorial, and learning challenges, as well as in private practice.  She has experience working with children of all ages who demonstrate difficulties in the areas of articulation, motor planning, receptive and expressive language, executive functioning, reading, and spelling.  She believes in a team approach to treatment, involving families, teachers, and other professionals whenever appropriate.

Jennifer believes that speech and language therapy should be efficient, functional, and fun.  She currently lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and four children.



Katie is a native of Northern Virginia.  She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. Ed in Communication Disorders and earned her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University.  Katie completed her BCBA through study at the University of North Texas.  Katie is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and is licensed to practice in Virginia.

Katie specializes in developmental and intellectual disabilities and was the former director of Speech-language Pathology at the Northern Virginia Training center.  Katie has provided speech-language pathology services for the past 13 years in a variety of settings including public and private schools, private practice, home health and long-term care.  Katie holds certification in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).  She has treated children and adults with dysphagia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ASD, dyslexia, language learning disorders, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and many other neuro-biological disorders.  Katie's expertise in communiication and behavior allows her to combine basic principles of human behavior to her speech interventions maximizing results and increasing independence for her clients. Katie lives in Reston, Virginia with her family.


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