Photograph of Julie Cotter, MS, CCC-SLP


Chatting Children is owned and operated by Julie K. Cotter, MS, CCC-SLP who has been working with children in this field for over 14 years. Julie is a speech-language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Julie received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology from Ohio University and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University in Maryland. Following graduate school, Julie worked in New York City in a specialized public school setting where she treated students ages five through 21 who were blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired and had additional developmental disabilities. Julie moved to Washington, DC in 2003 and has worked in a clinical setting treating children of all ages with various communicative disorders. Specifically, Julie specializes in treating toddler, preschool and school aged children with oral motor, articulation, language and reading disorders. She has extensive experience working with children who have been diagnosed with apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, receptive/expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), language learning disabilities and reading disorders. She has participated in many training programs including PROMPT, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s oral motor therapy program, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing program, and the Kaufman Method for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Additionally, Julie is trained in the Phono-Graphix Reading Program.

Julie and her family moved from DC to Brambleton, VA in 2013 and she opened Chatting Children Speech and Language Center in the summer of 2014.  She has spoken at local schools, daycares and Catholic organizations about the benefits of speech therapy and early intervention.  Additionally, Julie is featured on www.dullesmoms.com as a subject matter expert for speech therapy.  She responds to questions submitted by readers on a monthly basis regarding speech and language development.

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Photograph of Sara Bealko


Sara is a speech-language pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Virginia and West Virginia Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She graduated with her Master of Science degree in Speech-language Pathology from West Virginia University in 2010 and has worked in the private practice, school, and early intervention/family-centered settings since receiving her degree. Sara has treated a variety of diagnoses within the pediatric and child population including autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, feeding disorders and mismanagement, articulation disorders, phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, and others.

Sara currently lives in Bridgeport, West Virginia with her husband and daughter. After years of watching each young client grow and achieve their goals, she is whole-heartedly enjoying watching her own child learn the skill of communication with the world around her. She misses the numerous options of activities in Northern Virginia, but is loving life surrounded by friends and family from her home state. Sara will be treating her clients via teletherapy!

Photograph of Stephanie Stephens


Stephanie is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.  She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  She also received her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the College of Health Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. Stephanie extensive experience in the public school setting performing speech and language analysis and treatment for children across the developmental spectrum to include developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive-communication disorders, articulation, and expressive & receptive language disorders.  She holds additional certifications and specialized training in a variety of methodologies, to include: Visualizing and Verbalizing and the LiPS Program from the Lindamood-Bell learning center, DIRFloortime approach and specializes in Oromyofacial disorders.  Stephanie lives in Prince William County with her husband, daughter, and two rescue pups, Penelope & Piper. Stephanie is so excited to be part of the Chatting Children team and looks forward to working with you!

Photograph of Maggie Burns


Maggie is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.  Maggie graduated from the University of Colorado – Boulder with her Bachelor of Arts in Speech – Language and Hearing Sciences as well as her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  Maggie has experience in both the private and hospital settings, completing evaluations and treating children with a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, phonological and articulation disorders, and receptive and expressive language disorders.  While in the hospital setting, Maggie specialized in treating children utilizing Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC).

Originally from Colorado, Maggie and her husband enjoy outdoor sports and adventures.  They recently welcomed their first child and are enjoying soaking in parenthood.  She is excited to be part of the Chatting Children’s team!

Photograph of Jaime McKenna


Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colgate University and a Post Baccalaureate Pre Medical Certificate from Mills College. She spent the first part of her career managing laser eye surgery centers in California, Northern Virginia and Maryland. She now enjoys helping small businesses with bookkeeping and back office needs. As a mother of three boys she has especially enjoys working with speech therapy practices helping children develop and grow.

``I can’t speak highly enough of Julie as a speech therapist. My then five-year-old daughter made significant progress under Julie’s guidance. Julie is patient, professional, hardworking and fun. My daughter actually looked forward to our speech appointments!``

DE (Bethesda, MD)