Learn to love your voice. District Speech & Language Therapy can help.

Washington D.C. & Northern VA's specialists in 

treating speech and language disorders

 for children and adults.


Providing Speech & Language Therapy Solutions For:

If you or your child has a speech difficulty, count on District Speech to help. Our speech therapists work with people of all ages, helping with a variety of different speech difficulties, including:

Do you have a child who is showing signs of speech or developmental difficulties? If so, your pediatrician may suggest you take a “wait and see” approach. However, this approach can end up doing a long-term disservice to your child.

The longer a speech or developmental issue goes on, the more work you’ll need to do to dismantle it. Down the line that may include having to involve an occupational therapist or physical therapist. Bring your child in to District Speech and we’ll help you determine the best course of action.

Do you have an accent that you feel is holding you back? A heavy accent can cause a variety of day-to-day frustrations, including people not understanding you or taking you seriously. As a result, you may avoid certain social or professional situations.

This can impact your self esteem as well as your level of success in your career. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at District Speech, our speech therapists are experienced in the art of accent reduction.

For many transgender people, the road to transitioning is a long and challenging one. When it comes to modifying your external appearance to match your identity, few things cause as much dysphoria as one’s voice.

Whether you’re a transgender man, woman, or a non-binary identity, District Speech can help. Your speech therapist will work with you to access your different vocal abilities, teaching you to sound more like how you’ve always felt you should

If you have a stutter, you might find it difficult to get your message across when communicating. This can cause setbacks in your career and personal life, influence your self esteem, and make life more frustrating than it should be. If your stuttering is holding you back from doing what you want to do, it can feel hopeless. But it isn’t.

We’ll uncover the root cause of your stutter, and put together a treatment plan designed to address it. The goal is cleaner, clearer speech, and a less frustrating life.

About District Speech & Language Therapy

Do you have a speech difficulty that’s holding you back from what want to do?

Do you find yourself avoiding certain social or professional situations because you’re embarrassed of your stutter?

Have you found people have difficulty understanding what you’re trying to say?

If so, District Speech can help.

Founded in 2015 by clinically certified speech language pathologist Jennifer Branchini, District Speech works with speech issues from all ages.

“I founded District Speech with the goal of helping people of all ages improve their quality of life,”

says Branchini.

“Improving your effective communication skills can make an incredible difference.”

A speech difficulty can be frustrating and heartbreaking, but you don’t have to suffer alone.
People who seek speech therapy come from all walks of life.

Maybe you’re a recent immigrant struggling to be understood by the people in your new home.

Maybe you have an issue with stuttering. Whether it’s a new development or you’ve faced it your entire life, it makes it more difficult to get your ideas across.

Maybe you’re a parent whose child isn’t using words yet, has a cleft palate, a lisp secondary to tongue thrust, reading difficulties or another speech concern.

Or maybe you’re transgender, and feel the sour pinch of gender dysphoria every time you speak.

Whatever it is that’s holding you back, District Speech can help.

We strive to provide the best in evidence-based speech and language therapy services in Washington DC and Arlington VA.

Have a speech concern? District Speech can help. 

Contact us today to find out how.

Our Speech & Language Therapy Services

District Speech offers a number of different speech therapy solutions depending on your unique needs.

There are a wide range of different speech concerns adults may face. You may have developed them early in life, or much later. They may manifest themselves in many different ways, but one of the most consistent issues is that of communication and self esteem.

Speech concerns can hold you back from achieving your full potential in your professional and personal life, but there is hope. Contact District Speech to find out more.

Naturally, every child communicates a little awkwardly at first. It’s part of the process of learning a language. If your child isn’t growing out of it, though, or your doctor has expressed concerns with your child’s speech and language, we can help.

From cleft palate to tongue thrust, dyslexia to auditory processing concerns, speech deficits can impact your child’s self esteem and social development. The speech therapists at District Speech can help.

Does your child seem disconnected from the people around them? Do they have difficulty picking up on non-verbal cues from others, or struggle with empathy? Do they have trouble speaking, or don’t speak at all? If so, your child may have an autism spectrum disorder.

Using the DAYC-2 standard, District Speech can help. We’ll help you understand how your child’s autism manifests itself, and what you can do to help support their continued development.

If you or your children are struggling with a speech disorder, your family and friends may have a difficult time relating to your struggles. It can help to be around a group of people going through something similar. District Speech offers free speech therapy support group meet-ups on a monthly basis.

We choose a different location each time, making it more convenient for all based on mobility restrictions. Come meet others in a similar situation and find support in community.


Our Clinic Location

Come visit our clinic on H Street in historic downtown Washington DC, minutes from the White House and the National Mall.

Your voice is unique and beautiful. Learn to fall in love with it once more.

Contact District Speech today.

Reviews From Our Happy Customers

District Speech was recommended by our pediatrician and has been wonderful!Jennifer was responsive, thoughtful and creatively engaged with our child during both in person and virtual sessions. She took it upon herself to reach out to another specialist we were seeing to provide collaborative care. She explained things well and clearly enjoys what she does. The office staff is friendly and responsive. We highly recommend District Speech!
Brynn H
Brynn H
I can not say enough good things about Jen at District Speech! She has been such a big help with our son Hudson and helped us feel good with each step of this process.
Corryn Frost
Corryn Frost
I was treated by District Speech recently and was very impressed. Their administrative team was responsive and highly professional. I was treated by Lee Morra. Lee did a terrific job. He was particularly good at explaining the science of speech pathology in an easy to understand manner and he is very personable and warm. Our lessons were also very well structured and efficient. District Speech and Lee Morra are highly recommended.
Marc Mehrespand
Marc Mehrespand
District Speech is amazing. I have worked with the owner, Jen, for many years. She hires very talented and skilled clinicians who go above and beyond to cover all bases and connect with other members of our shared patients' teams. Highly recommend!
Kristen Masci
Kristen Masci
We found District Speech and Language accommodating and flexible as we partnered with them to find the most appropriate care. We would definitely recommend them again. Thank you!
Susannah Herrada
Susannah Herrada
Lee at District Speech was so helpful to me. I wish I had started speech therapy sooner! Sessions were affordable and enjoyable. Lee greatly improved my confidence. Highly recommend
Jenn Roche
Jenn Roche
Jennifer is a professional but at the same time feels like someone that we have known for a while. She is very friendly and she makes one feel at home. She pays attention to details when evaluating the client and she gives the best recommendations that will enable you as the parent to help your child achieve their goals. Even though our child is not being seen at her office at this time, she was able to refer us to one of the best therapy centers that will help our child’s speech. I’l definitely recommend her and her staff for the excellent services that anyone’s child/children deserve.
OG G
OG G
The reviews you read about District Speech are true. I am sharing my experience because you hope that when you seek out a provider, your experience will be the same as those you read about if not better. Well, I can guarantee you this will also be your experience when you chose District Speech.My son is now 11. I first noticed his "R's" sounded like "W's" and vice versa around the age of 3. I was told that he would grow out of it by age 9 but he had not. After years of patiently watching and listening to this rhotacism and even bringing it to the attention of a few professionals outside of District Speech, I decided to pursue speech therapy to correct what my son was now able to hear himself. Thankfully, I found District Speech.Lee Morra has been outstanding! He immediately connected with my son in a way that keeps him interested and engaged in his therapy. My son walks away feeling confident and excited about his progress after each session and his interaction makes him want to perform his exercises outside of therapy. My son's speech has greatly improved in a short period of time and I attribute that to Lee's technique, passion for his profession, and his ability to make learning enjoyable.I know our journeys are all different, and that we want the best for ourselves and children. Some challenges are more complex than others. So when you pursue therapeutic intervention, you want to select the best --- therapists who will work their hardest to help. District Speech is that choice.
Delmonica Glaze
Delmonica Glaze
Jennifer is knowledgeable, engaging and helpful - which is all that you can ask for in a speech pathologist. I enjoyed my meeting with her and appreciated her honesty related to my child's needs.
Mel Gooden
Mel Gooden
Lee Morra with District Speech and Language Therapy is terrific and wonderful to work with. He has helped me improve my speech and conquer fears I have lived with for decades. I’ve made great strides in only a few months. I highly recommend you give them a try!
RaShawn Mitchell
RaShawn Mitchell
I found District Speech in February on Google after researching numerous providers in the DC Metro Area. They were the only ones I found to actually use insurance so I wouldn’t have to deal with the whole reimbursement process. The owner, Jennifer, is amazing. She has gone above and beyond for my daughter by finding a pathologist licensed for MD, helping me navigate the IEP process with the school system as my advocate and linking me to a psychologist for my daughter’s Psychoeducational evaluation. My daughter was originally working with Angela but due to licensing she had to switch therapists. I honestly don’t believe you can go wrong working with anyone on Jen’s team. I’m forever grateful for them helping me and my daughter in this trying time.
Erin B
Erin B
We're so grateful for District Speech! Our toddler has a global developmental delay and we began speech therapy for her in July 2020. At that point, we knew via an ABR test that our daughter M could hear (after a rough first year of life with constant ear infections and massive fluid build-up) but she was only just beginning to make sounds (1.5 years). Our first eight sessions with Jen, our daughter did not make a sound. !! However, Jennifer was amazing, patient, and kind and so skilled at helping M learn how to sign (we started hand-over-hand signing) and taught me about "total communication" - M really mastered "please" "more" "thank you" "help" and more through this method (well before making a peep). A big part of pediatric therapy is equipping the parent, and Jen has graciously offered suggestions and helpful tips along the way that has enabled me to continually work at home with M in ways I did not know or understand before (simplifying my speech, repetition of key words, hand over hand signing help, etc). She also showed me cool tools we were able to get for our daughter to help her strengthen her muscles and tone in her mouth. I am grateful for the ways Jen was also flexible whether we were doing Zoom or in-person (which was changeable due to childcare for my other children).M has really taken off in speech, in a way her Dad and I certainly did not expect considering she began speech silently! Less than a year later, M is at age level (spontaneous two word phrases!) and growing in her vocabulary every day. I find myself daily using the tools and methods Jen used with M and taught me. We are on monthly check-ins and I am so grateful we brought her to District Speech!
Kristin Jamieson
Kristin Jamieson
My child has had several years of early intervention. It wasn't until Lee Morra began investing and collaborating on addressing my child's needs did I finally see significant progress in short time. Lee identified additional special needs that had not been otherwise identified and modified the approach which I have followed in preparation for kindergarten. I recommend Lee Morra for results.
Sarah Bonner
Sarah Bonner
I’m forever grateful with your professionalism Jennifer Branchini you’re one of those persons who loves What they do and what you studied for. You was so helpful with my son Diego Cruz I’ll never forget what you did to help me out with him god bless your big heart. I recommend you as the best doctor of the area thank you so much again. Sincerely, Abril Gonzalez 🙏🏼♥️
Gerardo Maradona Flores
Gerardo Maradona Flores
We have been very happy with the services provided at District Speech. Anna has been my son’s SLP for the past 7 months and we have seen developmental growth since, and this is all via teletherapy! She understands my son and his needs and customizes the sessions accordingly. My son enjoys his time with Anna and looks forward to every week with her. We happily recommend District Speech to anyone interested!
Wensa Rodriguez
Wensa Rodriguez
I can not say enough great things about my experience with District Speech and by therapist, Lee Morra.I am dealing with vocal issues connected to muscle tension dysphonia. When I first called the office I was so impressed with the care and kindness shown to me by the front desk, particularly by Grace. They are great communicators and very patient.My evaluation with Lee was very smooth and he made me feel comfortable immediately. I appreciated that he asked me to get a second opinion on my health issues before jumping into treating me. Since then we have met once a week and he has helped me make great growth in a short time period. Lee explains things to me in ways that I can understand academically but also simply enough that I am not in over my head. This fine balance is difficult for anyone to do, so I appreciate it. He is kind and patient and a great cheerleader for his patients!I would 100% recommend District Speech and Language Therapy to anyone and wish everyone else luck on their speech/language journey!
Sara Kopf
Sara Kopf
Rachel has been helping our son with his articulation for about 9 months. While we had some in-person visits, we have primarily being doing sessions virtually. Rachel is fantastic and does a great job with our son. He actually looks forward to “Rachel time”, which is quite the statement! She is able to keep him engaged the entire 45 minutes - another statement! We have seen consistent, steady improvement in his speech clarity. We would highly recommend her!
Chris Lowther
Chris Lowther
It has been an amazing experience working with District Speech. I've lived with a stutter since I was 4 years old and saw a specialist a little bit in my elementary school years. But I never fully addressed it in my life till I reached my 40's. I looked for help and came upon District Speech and gave it a shot.From the start my speech therapist Jen was extremely understanding, compassionate, informative, skilled, and professional. She immediately identified not only the triggers of my stuttering, but also the mental and emotional components that surround how I have lived with my stuttering. It's been very powerful stuff for me.She's patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable which is pretty much everything you could want in a Speech Pathologist.Choosing District Speech has been the best thing I could have ever done to help me with my stuttering.
Chris McLeod
Chris McLeod
Anna has seen our son at another practice in this area for three years and we are so thrilled to be seeing her at District Speech! Anna is an excellent therapist, efficient, effective and very understanding. I've always been very impressed by her ability to break down speech problems into their component parts (social, sentence planning, pronunciation, behavioral, etc). Our son has always progressed faster with her than with the other therapists he sees and she's great at providing realistic "homework" for us to do with him independently.District Speech also has extremely excellent front office staff. They've been proactive and friendly every step of the way. They even caught a billing issue for us that had been happening at all our pediatric practices, related to a COVID specific insurance coverage practice. They refunded me proactively and even took the time to tell me what to say to our PT and other specialists so I could easily get refunds across the board. I was so impressed! I really can't say enough about how wonderful it is to work with a front office team that is so caring and organized. It's a wonderful change of pace from most practices.
Jen Barlev
Jen Barlev
My son started speech therapy with Jen last summer. He was 2.5 years old at the time. He spoke around 15-20 words prior to starting his therapy, had a short attention span and poor communication skills. Fast forward to 6 months later and he is able to use 2-3 word sentences, ask many questions, express his needs, name all the colors, and communicate appropriately. I am so thankful to Jen and district speech for being a huge part of my son’s progress and development. He still has a long road ahead but with the right support we are getting there.
Romana Misic
Romana Misic
We had a great experience with District Speech and Language Therapy. Both Angela and Rachel were amazing and such a pleasure to work with. They helped our son improve his overall speech. I noticed a substantial improvement in him after just a few sessions. I highly recommend both Angela, Rachel and District Speech / Language Therapy.
Dina Lutf
Dina Lutf
Very happy with the results. My six year old took speech therapy with Angela and the results were fabulous!! I am happy I chose District Speech.
Gabriela Morales Richards
Gabriela Morales Richards
Rachel has provided fantastic and enjoyable speech therapy for my child. She has a million fun games that lead my child through practicing the targeted sounds without them even realizing they're working. Her upbeat attitude and knowledge of her craft have really helped my child progress.
Jessica Leader
Jessica Leader
Our son has seen a number of speech therapists over the years and Jen is one of the best. She has done a wonderful job of eliciting his interest and enthusiasm and has helped him make some really good progress.
Jamie Dunlop
Jamie Dunlop
We started seeing Jen when my son was 18-months old as were concerned with his speech development. Jen is incredibly easy to work with and my son quickly warmed up to her. She’s super knowledgeable and passionate about speech development and in the short 5-months we saw her my son dramatically improved. We are relocating out-of-state and are so sad to leave her practice. I highly recommend her!
Jen Reale
Jen Reale
Wonderful therapist and easy to work through virtual meeting. Lee was great with identifying my articulation issues and helped me greatly on improving each session. Thank you!
Ru Y.
Ru Y.
We came to District Speech after my 4-year-old son's nursery school teacher flagged that he had some articulation issues. My son made amazing strides with Lee Morra and "graduated" from speech therapy after less than a year of working with him. Lee had a very upbeat and positive energy that kept my son engaged even after we moved our sessions to Zoom during the pandemic. We'd highly recommend Lee and District Speech to any families whose child has pronunciation difficulties.
Katherine M
Katherine M
I had a great experience with District Speech and Language Therapy. Lee was amazing and such a pleasure to work with. He helped me improve my speech and ease my frustrations. I noticed a substantial improvement after just a few sessions. I highly recommend Lee and District Speech and Language Therapy.
Patrick F
Patrick F
I cannot speak highly enough of District Speech! We reached out to Jen and Lee earlier this year to share our concerns regarding our then 3 year old's speech development. Jen was amazing at explaining the process, calming our fears and concerns, and conducting the initial assessment in collaboration with Lee Morra. Since then, Lee has been such a god send to our family! He meets with our son virtually, even as COVID has lingered on, and has been so adaptive and creative with coming up different approaches to working with our son. He makes it fun, while ensuring core developmental skills and I've seen such a transformation in my son's pronunciation of words, and conversation development. With the pre-school crowd being among the most impacted by close closures, our weekly sessions with Lee have also provided a great mechanism for basic academic enrichment as well. More than anything, our mostly introverted favorite little guy, asks when he'll talk to Mr. Lee next and so very much looks forward to working on their drills and activities. I am such a fan of this practice and the professionals who call this their work home!
Makeda Okolo
Makeda Okolo
My son’s speech therapist Lee was great! His personality was what was most impressive. His patience with my son was greatly appreciated and made for a comfortable atmosphere for my son to thrive. In the midst of a pandemic Lee didn’t miss a beat and conducted sessions via Zoom. My son just ended his sessions with Lee, free of a speech impediment. Thanks Lee!!
jenjaq77
jenjaq77
I looked forward to working with Lee every week. He always had a smile and made my experience very enjoyable. Lee helped improve my speech a great amount. He taught me methods that I practice everyday to help with my stutter. Not only has lee helped improve my speech, but he has also made me feel much more confident speaking in social setting. I can’t thank him enough for his teachings!
Louis Kyle
Louis Kyle
My experience with District Speech has been excellent. As an adult who stutters and is taking speech therapy for the first time, I didn't really know what to expect when I started; I just knew I needed to address my stuttering. Rachel has been absolutely amazing. She is encouraging, empathic and compassionate; she really has a true understanding of the physical and emotional struggles many adults who stutter face. I started sessions in February, 2020 so I only had a few sessions before we had to start teletherapy. I feel that the teletherapy sessins have been as productive and useful as being in person. The homework she suggests is useful and appropriate. She has also been very understanding when it has taken me longer to do certain activities (such as disclosing).I have been very pleased with my experience. When it was recently discovered that my insurance was paying the whole cost of the sessions during COVID, the staff responded quickly and even called my insurance; they issued the refunds of my co-pays right away.I definitely recommend District Speech.
Allison Daly
Allison Daly
Lee is great with our two year old twins! They look forward to their session every week, and he’s empowered us with strategies to get them talking more and more!
James Allen
James Allen
We started our toddler slightly before age 3 doing speech therapy with Lee, and have been with the practice for six months. It's been excellent. Lee is energetic, patient, enthusiastic, and seems to always have a plan as well as a backup to deal with the fickleness of a toddler's attention. Even in teletherapy the last few months, something I did not expect to work, Lee has found ways to keep things engaged and get actual progress. The practice overall has been simple to work with, and conveniently located (back when people went places in person).
Jeff Morrow
Jeff Morrow
Lee Mora with District Speech is awesome! Our son (age 5) has been working with Lee for about 6 months and he has seen great improvement. Even transitioning to zoom appointments (thanks COVID) Lee has been able to keep his attention - no small achievement even under normal circumstances.
Pat Godfrey
Pat Godfrey
As an adult who has struggled with speech challenges since elementary school, I was anxious about attending speech therapy. After meeting Lee for the first time, I knew I made the right decision. Lee's patience, content knowledge and ability to create a nonjudgemental environment has helped me move beyond my initial hesitation. During our sessions, I learn new skills while building my confidence as a speaker. After each session, Lee always shares activities for me to review, which has helped a great deal. I am happy for the opportunity to work with Lee and I highly recommend him!
Tawana S. Bostic
Tawana S. Bostic
Angela has been working with our toddler for almost a year now for his speech delay. We have seen solid improvement in his speech during this time. Jen and her team are flexible, reliable, available, and always professional. Additionally, our therapist, Angela, always gives us great feedback from the session, provides us with tips, and assigns us extra work we can do at home to reinforce his learning. We and our son alway look forward to our speech therapy sessions—highly recommend!
Craig Wirick
Craig Wirick
As a young professional in DC who has struggled with speech since middle school, I was hesitant to try speech therapy and had minimal expectations when I first started. After my first session with Lee I knew I had that all completely wrong. Not only is Lee great at what he does, but he takes the time to develop a personal connection with you and he quickly gains your trust. He helped me let my guard down that was impeding my progress and make the honest changes in my mind set that were crucial to me improving my speech. I am very grateful that I took the chance to finally seek help, and even more grateful that I have Lee to help me on this journey to improve my speech.
Colby Carlone
Colby Carlone
COVID-19 has changed the world that we live in but I didn’t want that to be the reason for my son’s speech regression. Schools may be closed BUT Ms. Branchini went out of her way to schedule time for us to meet with Mr. Morra this week for my son Dominic’s evaluation. I just wanted to thank you for choosing such a dedicating and professional speech and language therapist to work with Dominic. Although Dominic was a bit silly (rolling around, playing with objects, etc.) Mr. Morra was supported, gently redirected Dominic when he provided in incorrect answer and/or if he had difficulty hearing Dominic's response. Mr. Morra noted that in the future we may be able to play a "game" (which I am sure will help Dominic practice sounds) called Hangman. As soon as we got off of our call with Mr. Morra Dominic hopped on YouTube to learn more about Hangman :) Dominic has been talking about meeting "Mr. Lee" and announced to his grandmother and step-father that "Mr. Lee is super cool." As you know this is HUGE! I am thrilled with the level of service your company provides and we are very excited to meet with him in the coming weeks.
Colleen Freyvogel
Colleen Freyvogel
There are not enough superlatives to describe Jen Branchini. Our pediatrician recommended that we work with her, after my then 7-year-old son had a sudden onset of stuttering. We are so happy we did. She is amazingly creative and empathic, and both we and my son have gotten so much out of working with her.
Jodie Morse
Jodie Morse
We are very fortunate to have Ms. Keila and Mr. Morra as our son's speech therapists for over six months now. His progress is great and he always enjoys the sessions with with both speech therapists.
S U
S U
Lee's warm demeanor and upbeat disposition immediately disarmed and engaged our 4 year old son. Throughout the speech consultation, our son thought he was just playing a fun game as Lee expertly evaluated him.After the consultation, Lee did not try to oversell us, by recommending unnecessary sessions simply because our insurance would cover them. We would recommend Lee Morra and District Speech to anyone!
Glenderlyn Henderson
Glenderlyn Henderson
I take vocal therapy with Angela and she is amazing! Super helpful and connected me with a Doctor that has helped me create better vocal quality. I really appreciate all of the work that she has done with me. highly recommend!
Julie Owens
Julie Owens
My child attends speech therapy with Lee. He is great!!! My son loves going to speech each week. At the end of each session, he always takes time to tell me how he did and give/explain activities to do at home which I appreciate! We have seen good progress in a short period of time. Highly recommend! They also take BCBS which is a plus too :)
Kristina Winn
Kristina Winn
We were very fortunate and blessed to have Mr. Morra as our son's speech therapist. Within the first three months, we saw a boost of confidence in our son's attempt to make the letter sounds. Now our son can say the words with clarity and wants to expand his vocabulary. He always enjoyed his speech therapy sessions and never had a mention of a dull moment.
Leon Edna Coleman
Leon Edna Coleman
We worked with Jen for about 18 months, starting just before my son turned 2, and my son just loved seeing her each week. She went out of her way to improve his speech, providing additional resources and suggestions at each session. Mostly though, her enthusiasm and way with kids really helped us look forward to the sessions and we saw great improvement.
Catharine Warner-Griffin
Catharine Warner-Griffin
Our son 4 year old son had a very positive experience working with Lee, and made strides with his speech pronunciation. This helped him to gain confidence in his communication, which made him a happier boy! Several months later, my son still talks about going to Lee's office! Lee was patient, kind, and best of all, he made it fun! Highly recommend.
M Thornton
M Thornton
Jennifer Branchini has worked with my son over the past six years. She is flexible and adaptable to her approach and focus of therapy based upon my son's needs as he has grown and developed over time. She has been an integral part of my son's support system by keeping me informed of my son's goals and progress, as well as providing expert opinions and recommendations to those also helping to support my son both in and out of school. She has even referred us to other service providers when she has recognized a need outside of the scope of speech and language therapy. Jen is genuinely invested in my son's success and for that, I am sincerely grateful to have her on our team.
Dee Dee Herrmann
Dee Dee Herrmann
District Speech is awesome! The therapists and the administrators have been so helpful and offer guidance and advice that's best for our family and our little guy who needs some extra support. They're really good about trying to new ideas and finding new resources to fit the needs of an individual.
Sandra Vanderbilt
Sandra Vanderbilt
Cannot say enough good things about my son's experience with District Speech, especially both Lee and Jennifer. After sessions, I would notice my son utilizing the skills he had picked-up to initate conversations with passengers on the Metro. Moreover, Lee and Jennifer have been actively engaged in lending their expertise to help develop my son's IEP and ensure adequate speech/language objectives and goals are put in place to meet his needs. I would recommend District Speech to looking for Speech and Language Therapy.
Anthony Spain
Anthony Spain
Lee morra is the best speech therapist hands down and I have learned alot from him since my stroke and I can also talk to him about life he is hands down the best 👍👍👍👍👍👍👌👌👌👌👌👌
Vincent Moore
Vincent Moore
I’ve been going to District Speech for a few months now and would definitely recommend it. Lee has been very helpful in correcting some of my speech patterns. He is very friendly, professional and encouraging.
Sarah Morse
Sarah Morse
I have a positive experience with Kristen for a couple of months. She is a skilled and patient therapist. I have gradually noticed my improvement.
Young Zhao
Young Zhao
My six year old has been working with Lee for just a couple of months, but we have already noticed a substantial improvement! We've been impressed not only by Lee's ability to identify our child's specific speech issue, but also to keep trying different techniques to help her master the correct sounds. He is a joy to work with and put my daughter at ease immediately - and she looks forward to their weekly sessions. The whole experience has been nothing but positive, and we would highly recommend District Speech without reservation.
Erin Scheick
Erin Scheick
I have worked with Jen over the past five years as both a teacher and now a parent. Quite simply, Jen and her practice are top-notch. Jen is not only an expert SLP, she is an expert on kids. She just gets them! She understands the power of building relationships and works with children in such an approachable and fun way, they simply adore her and enjoy working with her on meeting their speech/language goals. Behind the scenes, Jen remains committed to the children she works with, regularly going above and beyond to advocate, secure additional resources, and check-in with parents. Fast forward a few years and now I've had the pleasure of working with Jen as a parent. She completed thorough evaluations on both of my sons (the older for proper sound production, the younger to evaluate the impact of a facial cleft on his speech). My boys are timid and introverted, but they immediately warmed up to her and played through their evaluations. We are at ease knowing that we have Jen on our team, and we would highly recommend her or any of the therapists at District Speech.
Jodi Arellano
Jodi Arellano
I worked with Lee over the course of four months. I really appreciated his ability to tailor each session to my specific needs. Lee's thorough knowledge was helpful in explaining specific and intricate details in simple terms. Through his help I was able to learn to talk to correctly and fluently without crutches. I like to think of it through the analogy, he taught me how to walk as opposed to giving me a wheelchair.
Mike M
Mike M
I met Ms. Branchini while working as a contracted psychologist for a Tier 1 charter school in Washington DC. I had the opportunity to observe her conducting speech therapy with students, consulting with teachers and other paraprofessionals, and reviewing assessment results in meetings. I was incredibly impressed with her ability to connect with the students (of various ages) and use therapeutic strategies that were both effective and engaging. The children always enjoyed working with "Miss Jenn". In meetings, Ms. Branchini was able to express her expertise of speech language weaknesses and disorders, and treatment in a manner that was understandable and relatable. Her speech-language evaluation reports were thorough and included helpful and relevant recommendations. I highly recommend Ms. Branchini for speech therapy services, speech-language evaluations, and for consultation with other paraprofessionals and schools.
Jami Temple
Jami Temple
I’ve been working with Angela at District Speech for about 4 weeks now. When I started speech therapy for my son I didn’t know what to expect we had other concerns around his development and behaviors but I knew for sure he needed speech therapy. After our initial appt. I expressed all my concerns with Angela and she was not only consoling but extremely helpful and supportive, even providing other options and leads for additional resources. My son is already making progress with his speech, Angela has been nothing short of amazing and she truly cares and it shows in the lengths she goes to really help her patients and their families. The District Speech team Angela and Jen, have been beyond supportive and surpassed any expectations.
Antonella Durantine
Antonella Durantine
My 4 year old son has been benefiting so much from his sessions with his SLP Angela at District Speech. His articulation, confidence and overall behavior have improved greatly. He looks forward to his weekly visits with Angela, and loves that he has a special friend to play new games with. What he has been able to achieve with Angela has blown us away. We would recommend District Speech, and Ms. Angela in particular, to anyone in need of Speech Language Therapy! Thank you, Ms. Angela for all you do for our boy!
Jennifer Towey
Jennifer Towey
Great team of excellent and dedicated professionals who use innovative techniques to execute highly effective results! My son was diagnosed with mild ASD at three years old and as a young mother in her twenties, I was clueless as to what I should do. With Jen’s support I learned how to implement strategies at home to motivate vocalization and get my child to start communicating.
Katie Besu
Katie Besu
Jen Branchini has been a colleague for many years, and she is the only SLP therapist that I trust. As a neuropsychologist, I frequently need to consult with a speech therapist regarding patient matters. Beyond being highly knowledgeable and intelligent, Jen is exceptionally kind and patient, and she always goes above and beyond to understand my patients’ needs and how best to help. She makes feasible recommendations for remediation that are also highly effective. I would highly recommend her to my patients and family/friends alike!
Jackie Becker
Jackie Becker
i met Jennifer in August of 2019, right before i had a feeding tube install, she called me every couple of days when I was in the hospital to check on me, when I got out of the hospital on August 28, i finally met Jen September 4, 2019, I new she was the right therapist for me, I was schedule to have another swallow test in November, but after a four sessions with Jen, she said i was ready to take my second swallow test. I took swallow test on October 18, 2019 and passed with flying colors, now I'm eating food again i haven't ate any food by mouth since July 21, 2019.I want to say thank you District Speech and Language Therapy, and special thanks to Jennifer who help me get through my hard times, she is a gift from God.
Anthony Jamison
Anthony Jamison
Working with Lee was an incredible experience that I wish I had begun sooner. He is personable and genuine with his patients, creating a relaxed environment. Working with him gave me verbal tools and skills that I can use in the real word on a day to day basis. It also inspired me to pursue a different course of study at GW. As a speech, language, and hearing science major, I aspire to help others just the way he did for me.
Izzy Moffroid
Izzy Moffroid
My son has been seeing Lee Mora for speech therapy once a week for a year now, I am truly grateful for the attention and how engaged Lee has been with him. The play therapy and sounding out of the words have helped my son so much! Also, my son has shown so much progress since his visits. He articulates his words more and his comprehension has improved tremendously. I also value the feedback that Lee gives and suggestions on what to do at home to help my son. Bringing my son to district speech was truly the best choice- thank you, Lee!
Kathleen King
Kathleen King
Jen Branchini has been treating my 6 year old son since he was 2. She has made an incredible difference in his life in those 4 years. She is hard-working, compassionate and an endlessly creative problem-solver. She is one of those exceptionally rare people that can combine people skills with extraordinary technical skills. It's so meaningful for children, especially when they are struggling. She truly cares about her patients and their families. I can't believe how lucky we are to have her in our lives.
Karma Sawyer
Karma Sawyer
Ms.Jen Oh Ms.Jen!! She is amazing!! She has been working with a client of mine for a while but I’ve only known her for a year! I love her no-nonsense yet playful learning techniques. I've watched my kid's speech improve so much within a year. He sees Jen once a week and his progress with her has surpassed all of my expectations. She makes learning so much fun and exciting You can tell she loves what she does and she’s great as well. We love Jen’s infection energy!Thank You and We Love You!
Samantha Hewitt
Samantha Hewitt
Working with Jen from District Speech has been an exciting and rewarding experience. Jen’s creativity with fun exercises that target and correct the areas of my daughter’s communication needs are remarkable. As within the short period of time we’ve had sessions, so much progress has been made with my daughter’s articulation. Jen’s recommendation of techniques to use are helpful and I’m able to use them throughout the day after our session times are over. The dedication shown from Jen along with her cheerfulness and preparedness, exemplify some of the reasons why she’s the best and is highly recommended.
Valenti Duncan
Valenti Duncan
I went through speech therapy with Miss Jen because I have a stutter and we focused on various exercises to help me in daily professional life.During our weekly sessions we would go to stores or make telephones and I would practice purposeful stuttering while monitoring my stress level, pauses and practice breathing exercises that would making the conversation easier.She also encouraged me to start informing my audience about my stuttering. Consistently doing so took away the stress of trying hiding, made my audience better listeners, more understanding, and the communication was much better.At the end of my time with Miss Jen I had become a strong speaker, more confident in my communication skills on the phone and in person. I was no longer embarrassed of the stutter. I highly recommend her.
Abdoulaye Maiga
Abdoulaye Maiga
My 5 year old has benefited from services with therapist Jenn. He started 2 years ago and his speech, conversation and grasp of expressive /receptive language has improved, its amazing how speech services can positively impact a child’s ability to communicate. Jenn is patient, very kid friendly and tailors her session to the client needs. She is very inclusive of my sons preferences during the sessions and finds savvy ways to encourage participation and makes therapy fun. Moreover, Jenn always provide updates on my son’s progress and provide takeaway activities to implement with him at home to include role play, online apps and other resources.
Tara Humphrey
Tara Humphrey
I worked with Lee Morra after an ENT referred me to vocal therapy to address my vocal cord nodules. Lee was always prompt, friendly and professional. The office was clean and sessions were one on one with Lee. Lee kept excellent notes on each visit so we could start off where we ended the last session. He also incorporated a survey that showed where I was at the beginning of our sessions and at the end. Thank you Lee!
Alexis Talia
Alexis Talia
I am 26 years old and this is my second attempt at speech therapy. I'm am very impressed and have improved my speech more then I ever thought possible. Definatly recommend! Worth it!
Coleman luwis
Coleman luwis
Jen Branchini is a colleague with whom I consulted about my son due to concerns about his attention and receptive/expressive language . She was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also went above and beyond to understand his level of functioning and make recommendations that would help him, while also keeping in mind the feasibility of her recommendations in our everyday life. She is a professional who does not rush in to recommend therapy/interventions unless these are truly warranted. She helped me navigate many of my concerns for my little one and I am so grateful to her.
Irene Tseretopoulos, Ph.D.
Irene Tseretopoulos, Ph.D.
I had a wonderful experience working with Lee Morra. He is a superb listener and is refreshingly kind but he is also remarkably sharp. Maybe the best part about Lee is that he offered brilliant personal suggestions. He gave advice that made sense of my experience and that taught me things I didn't know before. The exercises that we worked on together were challenging but extremely helpful to me.Also, the front office staff at District Speech is terrific!
Tommy Myrick
Tommy Myrick
My 11-year-old special needs son has needed speech therapy his whole life. His District Speech therapist is the best one he's had. Organized, energetic, creative, and kind. Lee shows up on time with an educational plan. My son enjoys working with him and is progressing in his language development. The office has helped me get my expenses covered through my health insurance. You can't go wrong with using District Speech.
Shared acct M
Shared acct M
Could not be happier with Jen at District Speech therapy! She has been amazing to work with, even from months before we actually started working together. She is a true professional, but also incredibly warm and great with my son.
Lauren Epshteyn
Lauren Epshteyn
My 7-year-old daughter worked with Lee over the course of the last 8 months and he did a remarkable job! Not only is she pronouncing words SO much more clearly, but he made it fun for her. My husband and I could always hear her giggling from the waiting room. It was totally worth the drive from Bethesda every week and we can't thank Lee enough for helping her with her speech!
Victoria Tillson
Victoria Tillson
Our experience with District Speech & Language Therapy was VERY positive - from hearing our concerns through developing a therapy plan that was conducive and effective for our 3yo son. Lee was incredibly patient, high energy, and extremely knowledgeable. Our son immediately took to him and looked forward to his sessions each week. Lee provided easy, tactical strategies to use with our son and we have seen such an improvement in his speech articulation. I would highly recommend DSLT!!
Melissa Shillinglaw
Melissa Shillinglaw
My daughter had speech therapy with Lee Morra once a week for approximately 6 months. Lee was excellent - he made each session fun (I could hear the giggles down the corridor), and he really got results. My daughter went from accurately producing 'r’ and ‘th’ sounds about 10% of the time to now producing those sounds over 90% of the time, as well as self-correcting. I can't recommend them enough. Oh, and they also accept most forms of insurance, which is huge. For anyone who is contemplating in-school speech services via an IEP vs. private speech therapy, there is no comparison. Thanks to Lee for everything.
Dan Evans
Dan Evans
We've had a consistently positive experience at District Speech. Jennifer Banchini is a skilled speech therapist. More importantly, she's a caring and thoughtful professional truly dedicated to the success of her clients. We've been fortunate to have her helping our child for the past eight months to overcome a speech impediment. Jen has a gift for working with kids, and she's been able to continually engage, creating an encouraging environment that is fun and motivating for our child. Jen has gone out of our way to accommodate our schedule and to work with our insurance. We can't recommend her highly enough.
Eric and Kathryn
Eric and Kathryn
After so long trying to navigate speech and behavior services for my young daughter with autism, it was so wonderful to find District Speech and Language Therapy. Jennifer Branchini is incredibly responsive. She returns emails and calls within 24 hours including weekends. My daughters' at home assessment and follow up sessions started almost immediately. My daughter loves working with Lee Morra, who has high energy, an assortment of toys and games, and demonstrates incredible patience and persistence. Both Jennifer and Lee share strategies (on line apps, social stories, and visual schedules) to help meet the agreed upon goals. This is a very dedicated team.
Melissa Rossetti
Melissa Rossetti
Jen Branchini has been a fantastic therapist. She is dedicated, resourceful and consistently provides helpful strategies to implement at home. So happy to have found District Speech.
Laura Alvarez
Laura Alvarez
I loved working with Jen Branchini. She made such a difference in my post-surgery recovery, working on bringing back my speech to what it was and increasing my muscle control. She was detail oriented and was able to adjust and change up my therapy as I was making progress -so much, that after about 6 months of working with her, my speech is fully back to where it is, and now I also have exercises and tools to continue to improve and exercise. Jen was also so warm and friendly in our interactions - I really enjoyed working with her and I would definitely recommend this practice to anyone who is looking for speech therapy.
Marija Bateman
Marija Bateman
I've had a great experience working with District Speech and Therapy.In September 2018, I had a major open brain surgery to repair two unruptured aneurysms and as a result developed repeated stuttering and inability to find and use the correct words in a sentence - which really scared my family and friends into finding me immediate help.In working with Lee Morra, I learned, practiced and was guided through tasks to help me overcome those obstacles each session - and I have! Then once I was nearing an end with my surgery related issues, I learned from an ENT I also needed Lee's guidance to overcome the 3+ year hoarseness that had developed in my vocal cords. The techniques I learned and incorporated in my daily routine are working perfectly.Lee is a great speech pathologist, with a keen ability and patience to help teach, guide, support and encourage clients to continue and reach their goal. There were times I'd confess my doubt how these tasks would work for my issues; but I was encouraged to give them an earnest try, and my brain, speech and voice have really responded to the training.But beyond the specializaed training, Lee is great person to work with which makes you enjoy and look forward to each session.Deb McKenzie
Debbie McKenzie
Debbie McKenzie
Angela has been working with my now 17mo son since he was 13mo and had a mixed receptive/expressive language delay. The progress in his speech and receptive language is remarkable and he absolutely loves Angela. Jennifer is easy to work with on all the insurance/billing issues. Highly recommend this practice.
Anna Estrina
Anna Estrina
"Dr. Jennifer Branchini has a wonderful, charming, and engaging personality. Of course, she's an expert in her field but what sets her apart from other therapist in her field is her sense of humor and her ability to make her clients feel at ease. She's earned my highest recommendation"
Paul Miller
Paul Miller
"I found Jen on Yelp and started working with her associate, Angela, within a few days of connecting with them both. I never noticed anything off with my child's speech, but after we started working with Angela, noticed a difference right away. After only a couple of sessions, the difference became more pronounced to me because her articulation was shifting dramatically for the better. Angela has a wonderfully accessible and welcoming teaching style, and made my child feel safe and comfortable. Couple this with fun and engaging games that are used as lessons and you've got the perfect teaching/learning environment for success. We receive written assessments almost immediately following the end of each lesson, and the invoice at the start of each month. And with home visits, we couldn't be happier!"
Jinhee Kim
Jinhee Kim
The professionals at District Speech are both very dedicated individuals, who truly care about the welfare and progress of their clients! They are very knowledgeable in their field, and have years of experience, that will certainly help your child with his or her needs. I highly recommend that you contact them for any speech and language issues your child may have.
Ada Stevens
Ada Stevens

Questions About Speech & Language Therapy?

Curious about speech & language therapy? Wondering if it’s right for you? If so, you probably have some questions.

Below, you’ll find some of the more common ones we here. If you don’t find yours below, feel free to reach out and we can help.

For adults, a speech concern can cause issues with self-esteem and social isolation. These are their own problems, but for children it’s even more critical. When a child has a speech condition, it can be difficult for them to make friends in school or develop socially. This can end up with lifelong repercussions. Either way, whether you’re an adult with a speech concern or the parent of a child with one, it can lead to significant struggles in one’s personal and professional life.

Possibly. Most children have some sort of speech difficulty when first developing their language skills. However, the “wait and see” approach is not a good idea. Research is showing more and more that early intervention in speech and language disorders is critical. To give your child the best chance at a happy, healthy social life, it’s a good idea to enroll them in speech therapy for their speech disorder.

In order to practice as a speech therapist, an individual needs to hold at least a master’s degree in their chosen field. District Speech founder Jennifer Branchini holds a master’s degree in communication disorders from the University of Florida.

No you don’t, but your insurance company may require you to have one in order for them to cover your appointment. Consult with your insurer to find out more.

Most pediatricians don’t have the training or resources to know when to accurately refer to a speech language pathologist. They often recommend that parents “wait and see” until the child grows older. This is where the problem lies. The most crucial time to begin treating a child with speech delays is birth to age 3. If you have concerns but your pediatrician recommends that you wait, call us to get a free phone consultation. We will be able to recommend the best course of action for your child.

Yes, speech therapists in the United States are regulated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

It’s time to enjoy true freedom in your speech. District Speech can help.

Contact us today to find out how.