Our Mission

Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC provides family-based pediatric speech/language and occupational therapy using a unique partnership between child, parent, and therapist. Invest time with us to further your child's abilities and enhance their development.

Therapy Approach

At Aspire Pediatric Therapy, we believe that parental involvement in goal setting and treatment planning is crucial to successful outcomes. We encourage parents and caregivers to attend sessions and ask questions.


Insurance Coverage's

Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC is currently contracted with the following insurance carriers:

  • UPMC
  • UPMC for You
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • HIGHMARK Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Keystone Health Plan West
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • HealthAmerica
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Unison Health Plan
  • MedPLUS+
  • CHIP

Aspire Pediatric Therapy & the Autism Center of Pittsburgh

Aspire Pediatric Therapy is an independent, therapist owned and operated company. In accordance with our mission to provide comprehensive services to meet each child and family’s individual needs, Aspire Pediatric Therapy has a partnership with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh.

Aspire Pediatric Therapy’s outpatient clinic shares an office with the Autism Center of Pittsburgh at our North Hills location. Children and families receive skilled occupational, speech-language, and feeding therapy from Aspire Pediatric Therapy’s caring, dedicated, and highly trained staff at these locations.

Aspire Pediatric Therapy maintains our independent outpatient occupational, speech-language, and feeding clinic at our South Hills and Moon Township location.

Aspire Pediatric Therapy offers clinicians the opportunity to make a positive impact the in lives of the children and families we treat. We offer a dynamic, creative work environment where your expertise and skills are valued and appreciated.

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Polar Bear Plunge

Aspire’s Nicole Kalanavich, Jen Cipriani, Dominica DelPizzo, and Andrea Stewart took the plunge on December 2 to benefit the Special Olympics!

With your help, they were able to raise over 500 dollars for this worthy charity! <

Jodi Felton and Hurricane Sandy efforts!

Great job to Aspire’s very own administrative assistant Jodi Felton for pioneering relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims! In 1 week, a total of 45,000 pounds of donated items were collected! The items that didn’t fit in Jodi’s van (40,000 pounds) were shipped courtesy of Fed Ex Ground on 4, 22 ft trucks. The items were distributed in Staten Island, Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, Far Rockaway Beach, Long Beach Island, Sea Girt, Belmar Beach, Toms River, Highlands, and Seaside.

JUST A REMINDER

Please let your therapists know of any changes in insurance coverage for the new year. Insurance changes must be immediately communicated to the staff at Aspire. Consent to bill forms and copies of insurance cards must be completed for our files.

Occupational, Speech, and Feeding Therapy

Occupational Therapy focuses on maximizing independence in individual's Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). In children, all aspects of self-care, play and school performance areas are considered ADLs. A few examples include dressing, teeth brushing, feeding, handwriting, managing buttons and fasteners, and playing with toys. Various assessment tools allow our therapists to determine a child's functional abilities and what functional barriers exist. Our therapists strive to determine the “why?” a child is not able to perform ADL tasks independently.

Speech/language Pathology specializes in complete speech/language diagnostic and therapeutic services. Each client's needs are addressed individually, with sensitivity to the individual's specific situation. Services are provided for a diverse population, treating children from birth through age 18. These services include assessment, intervention, and consultation for children with language delays, phonological disorders, developmental dyspraxia, articulation difficulties and social communication difficulties. Special treatment plans are designed for children with autism, syndromes, apraxia, and other neurogenic disorders and developmental delays.

Feeding Therapy: Aspire's therapists are certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach. Considering medical and nutritional issues, this development approach focuses on children overcoming postural, sensory, motor, and oral difficulties to allow proficient feeding and eating.

Diagnoses

Our experienced occupational and speech therapists provide individualized skilled therapy services to children birth to 18 with the following and additional diagnoses:

  • Autism and Autism Spectrum
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Integration/Processing Dysfunction
  • Dyspraxia/Coordination Disorders
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Oral Motor & Feeding Dysfunction
  • Apraxia & Articulation Deficits
  • Language Delays
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Social Communication Dysfunction
  • Learning Disabilities

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy uses purposeful functional activity to maximize independence in the ability to participate in play, self-help, learning, and social activities of a child who is limited by

  • physical injury or illness
  • neurological or cognitive impairment
  • developmental or learning disability
  • sensory integration/processing dysfunction

Aspire Pediatric Therapy’s occupational therapists provide comprehensive evaluations, establish individualized goal driven treatment plans, and provide skilled interventions and education to each client and family. Our therapists do this in close collaboration with parents and families, developing a partnership to meet the specific needs of each child and family.

At Aspire Pediatric Therapy, our dedicated, caring occupational therapists engage children in a variety of skilled interventions and approaches using sensory, oral, fine and gross motor experiences using functional and play-based activities. Our therapists address the underlying factors and causes that limit a child’s ability.

Our goal at Aspire is to improve the quality of each child’s performance in age appropriate day to day activities or “occupations” that are purposeful and meaningful to each child and family. These are just a few examples:

  • Feeding & eating
  • Dressing & bathing
  • Tying shoes &managing fasteners (buttons, zippers, snaps, buckles, etc.)
  • Grooming (brushing teeth, hand washing, nail care, etc.)
  • Writing, coloring, & drawing
  • Visual & perceptual tasks (mazes, seek & finds, tracking, scanning, right/left, spatial relations, etc.)
  • Eye-hand coordination activities
  • Scissoring and tool use
  • Hand dexterity & object manipulation tasks
  • Ball play (throwing, catching, kicking)
  • Balance & coordination tasks (jumping, hopping, skipping, swinging, galloping, etc.)
  • Modulation & regulation of sensory input
  • Attention to activities
  • Play and social skills

Treatments

  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment
  • Sensory Integration
  • Visual Skills Dysfunction
  • Perceptual Skills
  • Self-Care Training & Remediation
  • Fine Motor and Hand Manipulation Skills
  • Handwriting Remediation & Skill Training
  • Oral-Motor Function & Feeding Skills
  • Therapeutic Listening

Speech Therapy

Speech/language pathology specializes in complete speech/language diagnostic and therapeutic services. Each client's needs are addressed individually, with sensitivity to the individual's specific situation. Services are provided for a diverse population, treating children from birth through age 18. These services include assessment, intervention, and consultation for children with language delays, phonological disorders, developmental dyspraxia, articulation difficulties and social communication difficulties. Special treatment plans are designed for children with autism, syndromes, apraxia, and other neurogenic disorders and developmental delays.

Why should I seek private speech/language therapy and occupational therapy? | What is speech/language therapy? | What is a speech/language pathologist?

Why should I seek private speech/language therapy and occupational therapy?

Research has indicated children demonstrate greater developmental success with early intervention. Parents are not limited to services offered through the school system. These services are typically covered under medical insurance plans.

What is speech/language therapy?

It is a specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders. Therapy is implemented to increase the communication skills of an individual. Speech language pathologists work with both expressive (what a child says) and receptive (what a child understands) language skills.

What is a speech/language pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist is a professional who is trained in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication disorders including speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing. Practicing speech-language pathologists are required to obtain a masters degree from an accredited college or university in conjunction with the National Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Communication disorders can be caused by a variety of factors which include, but are not limited to, brain injuries, neurological disorders, hearing loss, birth defects, physical impairments and mental retardation.

What is a Speech Disorder?

Speech is the production of sounds, including voice quality, articulation, and rate of speech. A speech disorder may be present when a person is disfluent (stuttering), has a vocal quality that differs from the norm (i.e. hoarse, breathy etc.) or when a person adds, deletes, distorts, or substitutes sounds in words.

What is a Language Disorder?

An impairment in the ability to understand and/or use words in context, both verbally and nonverbally. Language is a system of symbols (words, gestures, etc.) that give meaning to speech. A language disorder may be present when a person uses poor sentence structure, has a limited vocabulary, misunderstands what people say, has difficulty following directions or does not follow the social “rules” of our culture (i.e. personal space, eye contact, touch, etc.).

What is a Specific Language Impairment?

There is no specific underlying cause for the language impairment. Children are typically developing in other areas of development, demonstrating the impairment specifically to language/speech development.

Feeding Program

Aspire Pediatric Therapy is excited to offer the SOS Approach to Feeding to our clients. Please read below for more information and contact one of our offices with questions.

What is the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding?

The SOS program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and treat children with feeding/growth problems. The foundation of this approach centers on developmental steps and skills of feeding found in typical developing children. The overall goal for this program is teach the skill of eating with increased exposure to a variety of foods.

A few indications of a "problem eater":

  • Ongoing poor weight gain (rate re: percentiles falling) or weight loss
  • Aversion or avoidance of all foods in specific texture or food group
  • Ongoing choking, gagging or coughing during meals
  • Ongoing problems with vomiting
  • More than one incident of nasal reflux
  • History of traumatic choking incident
  • Food range of less than 20 foods, especially if foods are being dropped over time with no new foods replacing those lost
  • Family is fighting about food and feeding (i.e. meals are battles)
  • Parent repeatedly reports that the child is difficult for everyone to feed
  • Parental history of an eating disorder, with a child not meeting weight goals

Milestones

If you have questions concerning your child's progress against established milestones, please refer to this age related guide.

Age Group
By age one
Between one and two
Between two and three
Between three and four
Between four and five
Between five and six
Between six and seven
Seven and Over

By Age One

  • Speech & Language
    • Recognizes name
    • Says 2-3 words besides "mama" and "dada"
    • Imitates familiar words
    • Understands simple instructions
    • Recognizes words as symbols for objects: Car - points to garage, cat - meows
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • sits without support
    • crawls
    • pulls self to standing position and stands unaided
    • walks with aid
    • rolls a ball in imitation of adult
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • reaches, grasps, puts object in mouth
    • picks things up with pincer grasp (thumb and one finger)
    • transfers object from one hand to the other
    • drops and picks up toy

Between one and two

  • Speech & Language
    • Understands "no"
    • Uses 10 to 20 words, including names
    • Combines two words such as "daddy bye-bye"
    • Waves good-bye and plays pat-a-cake
    • Makes the "sounds" of familiar animals
    • Gives a toy when asked
    • Uses words such as "more" to make wants known
    • Points to his or her toes, eyes, and nose
    • Brings object from another room when asked
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • walks alone
    • walks backwards
    • picks up toys from floor without falling
    • pulls toys, pushes toys
    • seats self in child size chair
    • walks up and down stairs with hand held
    • moves to music
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • builds tower of three small blocks
    • puts four rings on stick
    • places five pegs in pegboard
    • turns pages two or three at a time
    • scribbles
    • turns knobs
    • throws small ball
    • paints with whole arm movement, shifts hands, makes strokes
  • Self Care
    • Removes socks and pulls off shoes
    • Pushes arms through sleeves and legs through pants
    • Shows own shoes or clothing in response to verbal request (15 mo.)
    • Uses spoon, cup well

Between two and three

  • Speech & Language
    • Identifies body parts
    • Carries on 'conversation' with self and dolls
    • Asks "what's that?" And "where's my?"
    • Uses 2-word negative phrases such as "no want"
    • Forms some plurals by adding "s"; book, books
    • Has a 450 word vocabulary
    • Gives first name, holds up fingers to tell age
    • Combines nouns and verbs "mommy go"
    • Understands simple time concepts: "last night", "tomorrow"
    • Refers to self as "me" rather than by name
    • Tries to get adult attention: "watch me"
    • Likes to hear same story repeated
    • May say "no" when means "yes"
    • Talks to other children as well as adults
    • Solves problems by talking instead of hitting or crying
    • Answers "where" questions
    • Names common pictures and things
    • Uses short sentences like "me want more" or "me want cookie"
    • Matches 3-4 colors, knows big and little
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • runs forward well
    • jumps in place with two feet together
    • stands on one foot (with aid)
    • walks on tiptoe
    • kicks a ball forward
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • strings four large beads
    • turns single pages
    • snips with scissors
    • holds crayon with thumb and fingers (not fist)
    • uses one hand consistently in most activities
    • imitates circular, vertical, horizontal strokes
    • paints with some wrist action; makes dots, lines, circular strokes
    • rolls, pounds, squeezes, and pulls clay
  • Self-Care
    • Dressing
      • Removes pull down pants with elastic waist
      • Removes unfastened coat
      • Puts on simple garments: shoes (does not tie), socks, and shorts
      • Finds armholes in over-the head shirt
      • Puts on front button coat or shirt
      • Unbuttons large (1") buttons
      • Unzips large zipper (21-28 mo.)
    • Feeding
      • Asks for food and drink
      • Uses spoon well enough to feed self without accidentally inverting it
      • Still spills, especially liquids, from spoon
      • Eats at least 1 meal with spoon and fork
      • Drinks from small cup using only one hand, replaces it on table
      • Obtains drink without assistance
      • Pours liquids from a small container
    • Toileting
      • Pulls down pants
      • Dry during day(a few accidents) (27 mos)
      • Wets during nap
      • Dry during the night if taken to
      • toilet once or twice during the night (30 mos)
      • Prefers potty chair to toilet seat
      • Toilets independently except for wiping (31 mos)
    • Hygiene
      • Washes hands (21 mo.)
      • Dries hands & face (30 mo.)
      • Blows nose into tissue (24 mo.)

Between three and four

  • Speech & Language
    • Can tell a story
    • Has a sentence length of 4-5 words
    • Has a vocabulary of nearly 1000 words
    • Names at least one color
    • Understands "yesterday," "summer", "lunchtime", "tonight", "little-big"
    • Begins to obey requests like "put the block under the chair"
    • Knows his or her last name, name of street on which he/she lives and several nursery rhymes
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • runs around obstacles
    • walks on a line
    • balances on one foot for five to ten seconds
    • hops on one foot
    • pushes, pulls, steers wheeled toys
    • rides tricycle
    • uses slide independently
    • jumps over six inch high object and lands on both feet together
    • throws ball overhead
    • catches a bounce ball
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • builds tower of nine small blocks
    • drives nails and pegs
    • copies circle
    • imitates cross
    • manipulates clay material (rolls balls, snakes, cookies)
  • Self-Care
    • Dressing
    • Dresses and undresses with supervision (3-5 years)
    • Undresses independently and rapidly
    • Needs assistance to remove over-the head shirt
    • Puts on pants, sweater, or dress
    • Puts on over the head shirt with minimal assistance
    • Needs help with buttons, progresses to doing 3 large buttons
    • Able to unbutton clothes (3 ½)
    • Closes 2 of 3 front snaps
    • Zips and unzips jacket once on track
    • Unfastens buckle
    • Puts socks on completely (3 ½)
    • Laces shoe
    • Knows left and right shoe (3 ½)
    • Hangs clothes on a hook
  • Hygiene
    • Puts toothpaste on brush and wets
    • Turns water faucet on and off
  • Feeding
    • Can feed self with little or no spilling
    • Holds the fork with a fist
    • Spreads with a knife
    • Drinks from water fountain when turned on by adult
    • Drinks from cup with one hand (15 mo.)
    • Can pour from pitcher into cup if not too heavy
  • Toileting
    • Toilets independently

Between four and five

  • Speech & Language
    • Has sentence length of 4-5 words
    • Uses past tense correctly
    • Has a vocabulary of nearly 1500 words
    • Points to colors red, blue, yellow and green
    • Identifies triangles, circles and squares
    • Understands "In the morning" , "next", "noontime"
    • Can speak of imaginary conditions such as "I hope"
    • Asks many questions, asks "who?" And "why?
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • walks backward toe-heel
    • jumps forward 10 times without falling
    • walks up and down stair independently, alternating feet
    • turns somersault
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • cuts on line continuously
    • copies cross
    • copies square
    • prints a some capital letters
  • Self-Care
    • Dressing
      • Knows front and back of clothing
      • Removes pullover garment independently
      • Puts on socks correctly
      • Puts on shoes with assistance tying laces
      • Manage buttons completely
      • Buckles shoes or belt
      • Puts belt in loops (4 ½)
      • Zips jacket zipper – zipper separated
    • Feeding
      • Holds fork in fingers
      • Can spoon soup without spilling
      • Prepares simple foods for eating
      • Opens container and removes foods (4 ½ yrs)
      • Drinks from soda can or bottle
      • Cleans up spills
      • Uses napkin to wipe hands, mouth during and after meal
      • Serves self and carries tray in line (4 ½-5 yrs)
    • Hygiene
      • Brushes own hair
      • Replaces cap on toothpaste
      • Washes face when requested or on own (4-5)

Between five and six

  • Speech & Language
    • Has a sentence length of 5-6 words
    • Has a vocabulary of around 2000 words
    • Defines objects by their use (you eat with a fork) and can tell what objects are made of
    • Knows spatial relations like "on top", "behind", "far" and "near"
    • Knows her address
    • Identifies a penny, nickel and dime
    • Knows common opposites like "big/little"
    • Understands "same" and "different"
    • Counts ten objects
    • Asks questions for information
    • Distinguished left and right hand in herself
    • Uses all types of sentences, for example "let's go to the store after we eat"
  • Gross Motor - deals with large muscle groups such as walking
    • runs lightly on toes
    • walks on balance beam
    • can cover 2 meters hopping
    • skips on alternate feet
    • jumps rope
  • Fine Motor - incorporates the small muscles such as handwriting
    • cuts out simple shapes
    • copies triangle
    • traces diamond
    • copies first name
    • prints numerals 1 to 5
    • colors within lines
    • has adult (tripod) grasp of pencil
    • hand dominance well established
    • pastes and glues appropriately
  • Self-Care
    • Dressing
      • Completely dress and often tie shoelaces, cannot tie a necktie
      • Buttons medium buttons
      • Laces shoes
      • Ties and unties overhand knots
    • Feeding
      • Carries tray in serving line
      • Uses knife for spreading
      • Uses blunt knife to cut soft foods
      • Makes a sandwich
      • Keeps napkin in lap
    • Hygiene
      • Brushes teeth without supervision
      • Remembers to wash and dry hands after using the toilet
      • Asks location of bathroom in new situation
      • Takes bath without supervision

Between six and seven

  • Self-Care
    • Can perform bedtime activities alone
    • Dressing
      • Ties shoe laces in bowknot (5-6 yrs.)
      • Closes back zipper, snaps back snaps buttons back buttons
    • Feeding
      • Cuts with knife and fork
    • Household
      • Adjusts faucet temperature
      • Washes dishes with help

Seven and older

  • Self-Care 7+
    • Dresses self completely
    • Can use household tools like a hammer or screwdriver
    • Can perform household chores: dusting taking out trash

About us

Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC is an outpatient pediatric practice specializing in providing speech/language and occupational therapy services to children from birth to age 18. We also participate in Early Intervention Programs through Allegheny County for qualified candidates (age birth to three). Our licensed and certified therapists have over 15 years of experience with children having a varied range of developmental needs.

Amy Morgan, SLP

Co-owner of Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC, received her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Duquesne University. Her clinical experience has addressed the needs of children with hearing impairments, Developmental Verbal Apraxia, seizure disorders, autism, and auditory processing disorders. Further career development includes over six years of early intervention throughout Allegheny County. This position entailed varying caseload including but not limited to individuals with Downs Syndrome, Rhett's Syndrome, autism, cognitive deficits, developmental delays, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, pediatric stroke, and many other conditions. Amy's certifications include:

  • Board certified by The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
  • Pennsylvania Professional Instructional teaching certification of Speech and Language Impaired
  • Certified in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding

Christine Zundel, OTR/L

Co-owner of Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC, and a mother of three graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Since that time, Christine has had the privilege of providing clinical interventions to children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Down's syndrome, dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, neurologic disorder, genetic & congenital disorder, trauma/burns, stroke, and orthopedic injury. Christine has worked with children in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient hospitals, early intervention, and schools. Throughout her career, Christine has attended numerous continuing education courses including sensory processing disorder, visual-vestibular dysfunction, Therapeutic Listening, sensory integration, feeding disorders, dysphagia, hand/upper extremity dysfunction, and physical agent modalities. Christine's certifications include:

  • Registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • Certified in Therapeutic Listening
  • Certified in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding

Staff - Occupational Therapy

Rebecca Missioni

Rebecca Missioni, MS OTR/L, graduated from Duquesne University in 2004 with her Masters in Science of Occupational Therapy. She has over five years of pediatric experience in both Early Intervention and outpatient settings working with children birth to 18 with a variety of diagnosis including Autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, sensory processing difficulties, and various other genetic and neurologic conditions. Becky has received post graduate training in sensory processing, Neuro-developmental treatment, binocular vision deficits, Kinesio-taping, and the SOS Approach to Feeding. Becky is registered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kristy Tait

Kristy Tait, OTR/L, is a graduate of West Virginia University where she received her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2004. After graduation she worked in Washington, D.C. for 5 years for a pediatric practice. She has worked with children ages 3-17 in school, clinic-based, and therapeutic camp settings. Kristy has also taught swim lessons to children with special needs, including motor planning deficits and sensory integrative dysfunction. She is certified as an Interactive Metronome provider. Kristy is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Cipriani

Jennifer Cipriani, COTA/L, is a graduate from Kaplan Career Institute where she received an Associate's Degree in Specialized Technology. Currently, Jenn is practicing as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). She is planning to pursue her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2010. Jenn's clinical experiences include working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Populations she has worked with include but are not limited to: Down Syndrome, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, amputations, Anxiety disorders, Learning Disabilities, domestic abuse, hip and knee replacements, and the natural aging process.

Maggie Kipp

Maggie Kipp is a COTA/L and earned her associate’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the Community College of Allegheny County in 1996. During the past 15 years, she has had the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings. Maggie’s passion and focus have led her to pediatric occupational therapy. Her experience includes working with children in both outpatient clinic and school settings. Maggie has participated received continuing education including but not limited to; sensory processing, behavioral training, rehabilitation, visual-perceptual and motor skills, oral-motor/ feeding, and positioning & handling. Maggie has experience working with children with a variety of special needs. including; Down’s syndrome, autism spectrum, sensory processing disorders, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, stroke, amputations, and learning disabilities. Maggie is certified as Occupational Therapy Assistant and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Staff - Speech Therapy

Kristi Keele

Kristi Keele is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Kristi worked in the research and development department at Dynavox Technologies where she helped develop AAC page sets to improve communication for individuals with varying abilities. Kristi currently provides speech and language services in Allegheny County through the early intervention program. Her experience includes, but is not limited to, providing speech and language therapy to children with autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury and developmental delays.

Kristi's professional certifications include:
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association

Dominica DelPizzo

Dominica DelPizzo is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has had the opportunity to do clinical work in a variety of settings including Pressley Ridge Day School/School for the deaf, Friendship Ridge Nursing Facility and Duquesne’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. She has been with Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC since May 2010 beginning as a student and then continuing on to begin her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her experience includes providing speech and language therapy to children with autism spectrum disorders, apraxia, articulation and phonological processing disorders, auditory processing disorders, developmental delays, and Down Syndrome in the clinic and through the early intervention program.
Dominica's professional certifications include:
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Locations

Please visit us at one of our three convenient Pittsburgh locations.


Name Address Telephone Fax
North 135 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-367-7652 Fax: 412-367-7653
South 2893 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216 412-572-6761 Fax: 412-572-6762
West 993 Brodhead Rd. Suite 203, Moon Twp, PA 15108 412-474-3566 Fax: 412-474-3575

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135 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
(412) 367-7652
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2893 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 572-6761
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993 Brodhead Rd.
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Moon Township, PA 15108
(412) 474-3566
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