Playwell co-founders, Sarah Laryea and Lori Porcelli bonded through lengthy conversations while driving house to house providing therapy to children across DC. In a fortuitous moment at Far East Taco Grille they learned that Thays Lizaso, Playwell’s third partner, shared the same underlying philosophy for childhood development. Together they identified two shared principles: 1. that many developmental delays in children could have been prevented or lessened if addressed early on and 2. that many caregivers understood what milestones to expect for childhood development but were seeking insight on the “why?” and “how?” behind activities such as tummy time and speech development. The “aha moment” was realizing that play could help identify early developmental challenges and also address caregivers’ questions.
At Playwell, we are moms and pediatric and pre and postnatal therapists. Combined, we have several decades of experience in speech language pathology, occupational therapy, infant massage, lactation consultation, and pelvic floor therapy. We use our expertise to give caregivers and pre and postnatal women the information they need to enhance their children’s development and promote whole family wellness.
As parents, we understand that you want to give your child the best opportunity, and we’re here to help.