WHO WE ARE
We use a team-based model, which means we work together, sharing a single philosophy to offer outstanding services to children and families. We are leaders in the community, regularly developing innovative treatment techniques. As part of a commitment to continual learning, we attend workshops and classes to expand our skills and stimulate our thinking. We work closely with other professionals within our Insight Collective team as well as within the broader community. Each member of the team brings experience, creativity, enthusiasm, dedication, empathy, and warmth to her work.
Margaret H. Briggs, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Margaret H. Briggs, PhD, CCC, is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the State University of New York and her PhD at UCLA. Dr. Briggs has served on the faculty of a number of universities, lectures internationally, and is active in our national association. She has published a number of articles, chapters, and a book describing our cutting-edge methods. She has more than 40 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of settings. Margaret specializes in school-age children with language disorders, those who stutter, and those on the autism spectrum with social communication difficulties. She is past recipient in California for Outstanding Clinical Achievement. She has completed Michelle Garcia-Winner’s Social Thinking Mentor Training Program.
Catherine M. Villagran, M.A., CCC-SLP
Catherine M. Villagran, MA, CCC, has been a speech-language pathologist for 30 years. From the beginning of her career, she has specialized in the birth to five year old population. She has expanded her expertise to school age children. She has obtained additional training and specializes in tongue thrust remediation, speech sound correction, feeding therapy/oral motor treatment, Childhood Verbal Apraxia, and Autism. She is certified in PROMPT and the SCERTS therapy model. Catherine understands the value and importance of having families in her therapy sessions, and is certified in the Hanen Program for Parents.
Rebekah Taylor, MA, CCC-SLP
Rebekah B.W. Taylor, M.A. CCC, has worked with the Birth to Five population since graduating with a master’s degree in Communication Disorders. Rebekah comes from a diverse background including a bachelor’s degree focusing on the medical arts and five years of service at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in Anatomic Pathology where she gained a particular interest in Neuroscience. She has successfully completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program affiliated with CHLA and USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Having recently worked in London, England, Rebekah has developed a varied repertoire of intervention strategies including the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme and certification in the Lidcombe Program for children who stutter.
Dante, TDI Certified Therapy Dog
Dante is the newest addition to our team. He is certified by Therapy Dogs International and works as Margaret’s assistant. There is plenty of evidence on pet-assisted therapy now, and with Dante we see it every day: reluctant children blossom, fidgety children calm down, and those who stutter speak more easily. A number of children who were previously afraid of dogs, have warmed up quickly to his calm, gentle personality–it probably also helps that he’s less than a foot tall and weighs 10 pounds. He’s always happy to greet everyone and enjoys a scratch under his chin. His only bad habit–as one little girl aptly described…”he’s a licker!” We’ve found he especially enjoys bare toes.
Our primary goal in therapy is to provide support for families in their efforts to communicate with their children. Since the home and community are where communication occurs, we believe our role is to provide strategies that parents can incorporate into typical family activities. We not only teach children, we help families develop new skills and competencies as well.
We believe that communication and self-esteem develop together as a result of a child’s successful interactions with others. We know that our success in therapy depends upon the establishment of positive relationships with each child and family we serve. Our interactions with children depend upon mutual respect and trust; children come to view us as adult friends.
Purpose: We achieve our mission by:
- Providing outstanding services to children with communication needs
- Serving as a resource and offering support to families
- Providing regular outreach to the community
- Offering a nurturing, stimulating and rewarding environment for all
We have been leaders in this community for 40 years. The practice was begun in 1976 by Karen D. Culhane, MS in Arcadia. In 1988 Margaret H. Briggs, PhD assumed ownership and two years later moved the practice to Pasadena.
We believe our logo clearly represents our philosophy and purpose. It was inspired by the paper dolls Margaret’s grandmother used to make for her when she was growing up in New York. The children holding hands remind us to go out in the world together: supporting and learning from each other. The balloons evoke an image of hope—rising above and flying higher. Many years ago Margaret stitched this quote (you’ll see it hanging in her office now) that embodies our beliefs and values:
“To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics
and to endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self,
To leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,
or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exultation;
To know that even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived—
This is to have succeeded.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson