What’s Happening?

We’ve been busy busy busy at Skill Builders! There are lots of exciting things happening around here. Here are some highlights!

Skill Builders Del Ray           

 Little Yellow House

In case you missed the big announcement- Skill Builders now has a Del Ray location. You can find us at the “Little Yellow House” right on Mount Vernon Avenue. We are currently only seeing speech therapy clients there, but keep your eyes peeled for updates as we get to know our new neighborhood. We hope to be bringing our full array of services to Del Ray soon!


This month, we say goodbye to two phenomenal therapists. Lauren Mazel is relocating to Massachusetts (But first, she taking time to travel around Southeast Asia!) and Julie Aills is returning back to her home state of Ohio. These two will be sorely missed around here, but we are eager to hear of their successes!

New Faces

We are thrilled to welcome THREE new therapists to the Skill Builders team!


Amanda Biesecker received her BS in Rehab and Disability Studies from Auburn University in 2008, and her Master’s in OT from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 2010. She just moved to Alexandria from Boston with her husband and 3 year old son.


Caitlin Jones (you may remember her as a speech-language pathology intern here last Fall!) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Elon University, and taught for one year in North Carolina, before moving to Washington DC to attend the George Washington University.  She received her Master’s Degree from GWU in 2018. She is originally from Pennsylvania.


Aimee Jennings received her Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in 2014. She also received her Master’s degree from Longwood University in 2016! She is originally from Northern VA.

Internship Program


Did you know that Skill Builders has a new internship program? This is a fabulous opportunity for teens and young adults to work on important vocational skills under the supervision of a skilled therapist, all in the welcoming and inclusive setting of our office! You might see our interns taking care of things in the waiting room or greeting clients at the front desk. If you catch any of them doing a great job…be sure to let them know! 🙂

Fun Summer Offerings


Emily Smolak, MS, OTR/L is offering Aquatic OT sessions! These fun, individualized one-on-one sessions will be held at Audrey Moore RECenter, off of Braddock Road in Annandale. You can contact Emily directly for more info! (Emily@skillbuildersllc.com)

dance class

My popular dance and movement class is back for the summer, and I am offering classes “a la carte” for the first time! If you have ever wanted to try out my dance class, this is a perfect time. You can contact me directly for dates and sign up details. (ElizabethM@skillbuildersllc.com)

Camp SuperNOVA

Camp SuperNOVA Rocket

Our smash-hit summer camp is back and we are excited to say that we are officially full! Each week, 15 lucky campers will join us for exciting activities and fun new experiences. Keep your eyes on our social media pages for photos and updates. Missed out on camp for this year? Sign up for our emails to get priority notification about camp registration for 2019!

PLAY Project


Skill Builders is co-hosting the PLAY Project with our friends at Washington Speech.       This is a fabulous opportunity for parents and professionals who work with children on the Autism Spectrum. Several of our therapists will be attending and we hope to see you there! Click here for registration info.


Do you have any ideas or things you want to see at Skill Builders? We always want to hear from our clients about ways we can better serve the families we work with. Drop us a line and give us your thoughts! (info@skillbuildersllc.com)


We hope your summer is off to a great start! Check back soon for more fun updates about practice.


-Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP

One thought on “What’s Happening?

  1. this is great!!!

    On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 12:56 PM, Skill Builders Blog wrote:

    > Skill Builders LLC posted: “We’ve been busy busy busy at Skill Builders! > There are lots of exciting things happening around here. Here are some > highlights! Skill Builders Del Ray In case you missed the big > announcement- Skill Builders now has a Del Ray location. You ” >


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