TelePlay Therapy grew from an in-house developmental therapy office based in North Carolina in 2006. Since its inception, we have served thousands of children who suffered from developmental delays, were just falling behind their peers, and/or had a disability diagnosis. TelePlay Therapy believes in bettering the whole child while working with the family in his/her natural environment.
The TelePlay Therapy program begins at 3 years old and carries into the teen years. We also have a Parental Coaching program for caregivers of children 2-10 years old. TelePlay Therapy hires qualified therapist who have the ability to connect with children and their families, while also having the technical knowledge to provide a comprehensive therapeutic coaching programs. The company expanded its traditional program in an effort to help more young children and families through innovative and dynamic programs known as TelePlay Therapy.
WHO DO WE SERVE?
TelePlay Therapy provides services to any child or family who would benefit from developmental therapeutic services. Intervening early in a child’s life helps to establish a better foundation for growth and development. Whether your child is falling behind his/her peers on the developmental milestone chart, or is
on-track developmentally but wants to get ready for the next level in school, TelePlay Therapy is here to help.
MEET A FEW OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS
Meet Christina Moore,
Speech Language Pathologist
Christina is a speech therapist who has a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Towson University.
She has experience working with children with developmental delays, expressive language delays and “late talkers”, receptive language delays, articulation disorders, and stuttering. In addition to these areas of speech and language, Christina worked with children with Down Syndrome, rare genetic disorders and children on the Autism Spectrum.
Christina is passionate about not only helping children but being able to work alongside their parents and
TelePlay Therapy does a very nice job
in doing just that!
Meet Alnita Sumpter,
MA, LCMHC, LCASA
Alnita earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work in 2007 from East Carolina University and earned her MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2014. Alnita has been in the behavioral health field for 17 years but has been providing clinical treatment to various populations for the past 6 years. In her spare time Alnita enjoys community outreach, reading and going to musicals.
Areas of Specialty: Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, ADHD, ODD, Self-Injury, Self-Esteem Challenges, Family Issues, Relationships.
Meet Elizabeth Baker Vick,
Beth is a professor in a collegiate Associates degree program in Early Childhood Education, specializing in Administration and Special Needs. She has experience teaching since 2003, and experience running a Youth Development non-profit. She is a TelePlay Therapy Developmental Therapeutic Coach and has a Master of Science in Child Development and Bachelor of Science in Child Development Family Relations/Psychology. She also has
over three years of experience in educating and developing others through virtual platforms. She is married and has 3 children of her own.
Meet Cynthia Lichtstein MS,OTR/L
Cindy is a Registered Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children ages Birth to School Age. She received her Associate of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Harcum College, Bachelor of Science Degree from Philadelphia University and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Philadelphia University. Cindy has worked extensively with many children experiencing a wide range of developmental delays. She is enthusiastic and enjoys working with parents and caregivers to better understand their child's needs through a coaching model. Her areas of interest include feeding, sensory integration, social-emotional and fine motor development.
Meet Kathleen Charles, BSW Child Development Coach
Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Social Work from The University of Malta, Europe in 2008. She has a passion for Parent Education and Early Intervention since she believes that it can determine a child’s path to adulthood. Kathleen has worked with families on goal planning (IFSPs and IEPs) and provided one on one sessions within a multi disciplinary team. Kathleen has over 10 years of experience in educating children and their families through play therapy to
achieve developmental milestones based on family goals. She is married and has 3 boys and her oldest son has Autism. Her drive stems from her knowledge on a professional level coupled with experience of a mother advocating for her child.
Meet Katherine Howell,
Katy Howell is a licensed Speech-Language-Pathologist who has been practicing since 2011. She has practiced and been licensed in three different states: Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida. Katy earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baylor University. She has worked with the pediatric population in various settings: public school, charter school, outpatient clinic, daycares, preschools, home environment and now teletherapy. Katy has treated
a variety of disorders and populations that include: Autism, various genetic syndromes, disorders in language, disorders in articulation, fluency and augmentative and alternative communication. Katy holds certificates for specialized trainings in: PECS Phase I and Phase II and Introduction to PROMPT technique workshop. When not working on speech, Katy enjoys spending time with her dog and husband, going on hikes, cooking and learning to garden.
Meet Lauren Hulayew
Digital Marketing Consultant
Lauren has a passion for learning new things and is an innovative thinker with a creative outlook. She expresses her creative design skills to effectively communicate TelePlay Therapy's message through partnership outreach, branding, and print and web advertising.
She holds over 10 years of experience in the industry and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design Communication and a minor in Marketing from Thomas Jefferson University.
She is happily married and has a passion for child development in which she applies knowledge learned while working with the TelePlay Therapy team when raising her daughter.
Meet Marie Sepulveda,
Marie has been practicing as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist for over 27 years. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.
Marie has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse children for over 27 years. She has experience working in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, and home health. She has provided speech therapy for individuals with various diagnoses including language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, and pragmatic language disorders.
Prior to her latest move, Marie was a Research Director at a major educational publishing company in Texas. Her role involved developing clinical assessments for speech and language pathologists. As part of her job, she had the opportunity to present at state and national conferences on topics related to assessments and bilingual issues.
Marie is married and has three adult daughters, a son, and two dogs. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, crafting, cooking, and gardening.
Growing up on the beautiful island of Guam, Fe and her family relocated to the mainland as her husband is in the military. For the past 23 years, Fe has implemented, opened, and managed clinics, hospitals, and specialty practices. Providing resources and helping people when they struggle to help themselves, is Fe’s true passion. Analyzing and researching different methods in order to receive a positive outcome and efficiency is what Fe does best. Fe is working on finishing up her Master of Science in Healthcare Management as well as a Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.
Having two children with special needs, Fe understands the struggles and obstacles families experience daily. TelePlay Therapy (TPT) provides a chance for parents to participate in their child’s future by learning with them and providing that resource virtually. TPT has several programs in developing that structure every child needs to succeed.
"When my son Michael turned 3 years old his services ended because he aged out. I was very distraught until I learned about TelePlay Therapy. Michael received services from the time he was 3 years old until he turned 5 years old. Michael loved Ms. Valerie and looked forward to seeing her every chance he had. It was a win-win with our family. My son qualified for a pre-school service, but I was so worried about him in a Pre-K setting because of his Autism. I was so grateful that TelePlay Therapists met us where we were. They wanted to help our family in every way that we needed. Ms. Valerie helped Michael transition from training pants to boxers while working with him in his preschool setting. I really appreciate her advice and that Michael felt so comfortable with her. She was such a great avenue in helping Michael with his Autism so that he could merge successfully in the classroom. I never thought he could overcome his sensory processing disorder to get messy, sticky, and deal with sound, but she never gave up. Ms. Valerie is like family to Michael and he will never forget her. My child loved and trusted the person who helped him overcome so much because of her patience and understanding. I highly recommend TelePlay Therapy!" - Rachel