Speech for the Stars, LLC provides pediatric speech-language therapy services and academic support to students in the DC metropolitan area. We support children through all stages of language development and academic growth. Through our innovative and individualized interventions, students will reach new levels of growth and success.
Leah Doherty received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University. She continued her education at Ithaca College, where she received her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
Leah maintains licensure in Maryland and Washington, D.C. as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She previously worked in Montgomery County Public Schools and has been working in the private sector since 2016.
Leah has received specialized training and certifications such as PROMPT I, Social Thinking®, Orton Gillingham, the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, The Hochman Method©, and The Writing Revolution (TWR). Additionally, she has attended continuing education courses in the areas of CAS, Dyslexia, and executive functioning.
Sonika Singh received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University. She continued her education at Loyola University Maryland, where she received her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Sonika has sinced worked as a speech-language pathologist in multiple settings serving pediatrics, young adults and adults in a rehab facility and public charter school for individuals with disabilities with a variety of speech and language needs. She has had the opportunity to work with individuals with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Fluency disorders, Medically Fragile Children, Articulation/Phonological disorders, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Cerebral Palsy. She has received further training in the Social Thinking Curriculum and Augmentative Alternative Communication (e.g., low tech, mid tech, and high tech devices) and is working on receiving the Gestalt Language Processing certification. She currently maintains a license in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Erika was previously a full time teacher for the New York City Department of Education from 2016-2022. She has since pursued a career in educational consulting and is continuing her education to obtain her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade in both the general education and ICT special education settings. She graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education and a focus in Psychology from St. John’s University. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus in Special Education from Teachers College of Columbia University in 2020. Erika has additional training in The Wilson Fundations curriculum of phonics instruction, Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment, and the Writing Revolution curriculums. Mathematics instruction includes lessons in number sense, geometry, algebra, and lessons aligned with the Next-Gen mathematic state standards. She also has experience with working with students on test preparation, homework and executive function.
Clare Ford graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a Social Work Minor. She then furthered her education at Iona College where she received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders.
Clare has since worked for D.C. public school district in a preschool/elementary school with students from age 3-12. These students have had a variety of speech and language needs including, articulation, expressive/receptive language, pragmatics, fluency, and AAC. She maintains licensure in DC as well as California.
Paris Major graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Education Policy at George Washington University. Paris maintains licensure in both Arizona and the District of Columbia and holds a Structured English Immersion endorsement for PreK-12 in Arizona.
Paris currently works as a kindergarten teacher for DC Public Schools. She has taught K-2 students in Arizona, California, and abroad in Thailand. Her reading literacy training is in The Wilson Fundations Curriculum of Phonics Instruction and in The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum. Paris has experience teaching with the Eureka and EngageNY math curriculums as well.
Shea graduated from George Washington University with her masters in Speech Language Pathology. She has experience working in schools, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. Shea is currently licensed in Virginia. When Shea isn’t providing speech-language intervention, she enjoys hanging out with family, friends and her dog, Oliver.