About

Play & Talk
Bilingual Therapy

About Play & Talk Bilingual Therapy

In 2017, Maricarmen Angeles-Simon launched Play & Talk Bilingual Therapy—a provider of quality home-based speech-language services to the pediatric population to enhance their verbal/non-verbal communication skills. This is accomplished by identifying concerns through specialized evaluations and developing goals to meet the needs of the child and the family.

Language is one of the most important skills that children develop. There are several red flags that parents should notice in determining whether their child requires speech-language intervention.

Meet Our Founder:
Maricarmen Angeles-Simon

With more than 20 years of experience, Maricarmen Angeles-Simon, M.A;CCC-SLP, is a bilingual (Spanish-English) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) member, certified autism specialist, and PROMPT-trained speech-language pathologist (SLP) emphasizing early intervention. She is a vendor with both Frank D. Lanterman and Westside Regional Centers in Los Angeles for which she provides both clinical and home-based speech-language services to the pediatric population. She is a mother of two little girls, ages 10 and 7.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Maricarmen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and learning disabilities, and also a diploma in early intervention from CPAL (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú). During the first four years of her career, she was a child psychologist and speech-language pathologist at Colegio América – Callao High School in Peru.


In 2006, she was recruited to work in New York as a bilingual speech therapist for Achieve Beyond, where she completed her clinical fellowship year (CFY). In 2009, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she began working as a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), from Head Start to elementary, with a focus on the bilingual population. In 2011, Maricarmen received her SLP license and returned to her roots in early intervention for Achieve Beyond, this time providing home-based bilingual speech-language services.

 

Maricarmen began her career working with kids with different disabilities, and she quickly discovered that she loved working with them. At the time, speech-language services were lacking in Peru, so she decided to fill the void. Not everybody can work with kids, especially babies. It takes a unique personality to be able to talk, play and laugh with them, and Maricarmen is naturally gifted in that area. She connects with children through play and feels it’s crucial for children to see her as a friend, not as a teacher. When a child is happy and confident, he or she will learn.

In addition to play-based therapy, Maricarmen’s philosophy includes parent/teacher coaching. She believes strongly in relationship-driven therapy models and treating the individual child within the context of his or her family and community. Regardless of the diagnosis, if parents believe in their children, they will improve.

Maricarmen Angeles-Simon

M.A;CCC-SLP

Meet our awesome team

Trisha Vu
M.S. CCC-SLP

Trisha is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of California and holds a Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA and her Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before pursuing her master’s, Trisha worked as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist, providing one-to-one behavior intervention to young children (birth-5 years old) with autism. Throughout her career as a speech-language pathologist, Trisha has worked with clients of all ages and in a variety of settings. Trisha enjoys collaborating closely with clients and their families in order to provide individualized treatment and create strategies to encourage communication development in the context of meaningful interactions and daily routines.

Kayla Ubaque
M.S. CCC-SLP

Kayla Ubaque is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with a current state licensure in Colorado and California. She has more than seven years’ experience working with the pediatric population through home/school visits and teletherapy. In 2017, she launched her own private practice, iSpeak Speech Therapy Inc. Kayla earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University.

Grace Kim
M.A CCC-SLP

I am a speech-language pathologist at Play & Talk Bilingual Therapy. I received my Master of Arts degree in communicative disorders with an emphasis on speech-language pathology. I am an active member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I have experience working with people of all ages in a variety of settings. My personal philosophy is to utilize an individualistic approach to ensure that my clients receive the most appropriate services for their academic, social, and communicative success.

Angela Massachi
M.S CCC-SLP

I am a compassionate and dedicated trilingual (Persian/English/Spanish) speech-language pathologist. Working with the pediatric population and their families is a true passion of mine, and I have acquired many skills in treating and evaluating kids ranging from 18 months to 14 years old over the course of my education and clinical experience.

Eleana Izquierdo
M.A CCC-SLP

I am an accomplished educator with a demonstrated ability to motivate and develop students. Prior to Play & Talk Bilingual Therapy, I was an early intervention speech-language pathologist at Achieve Beyond, where I performed evaluation and treatment services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. I have a background in working with both children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism, disorders of intellectual development, and hearing and fluency disorders.

Annabel Hernandez

Annabel Hernandez received a master of science in communicative disorders from San Francisco State University, and was selected among many applicants to complete a specialization in autism spectrum disorders through Project Common Ground. She is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who is fluent in Spanish. She is passionate about early intervention, bilingual populations, and autism spectrum disorders. Annabel truly enjoys working with children and their families through a child-led approach to support speech and language development in individualized therapy sessions.

Judy Kwak

Judy Kwak is a bilingual speech-language pathologist (English/Korean). She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Virginia. She has previous experience working with children in clinics (ages ranging from 18 months to 16 years) with a variety of communication disorders.

Our Core Values

Enthusiasm

Professionalism

Creativity

Fun

Empathy

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