Get to Know Us
We founded Wachusett Pediatric Therapy Center to help all children maximize their strengths, find strategies for tackling obstacles, and participate more fully in their communities.
When your child needs support in their development, it can be overwhelming and stressful. At Wachusett Pediatric Therapy Center, we welcome your family with open arms into our nurturing, supportive community. Our licensed, master's level therapists are trained to support children with speech, language, social-pragmatic, motor, sensory, and feeding delays and disorders. By focusing on your child's strengths, we give them the confidence to grow, learn, and thrive. We offer in-home and in-office services to children 0–18 in the Wachusett Region of Central Massachusetts and surrounding areas.
Our heart-centered approach starts with the genuine relationships we build with the families we serve.
Here are a few other things that we believe make all the difference:
Making Space for Community
We have intentionally designed our center to encourage meaningful interaction among children and families. When you visit, you will find a dynamic sensory gym, full kitchen, and community playroom equipped for imaginative play, motor activities, and more. We believe that our friends grow and learn more effectively in a flexible environment that supports interaction, cooperation, and skill development.
Going Beyond the Session
We make ourselves available to answer questions, offer resources to help you incorporate therapy principles at home, and equip you to advocate for your child anywhere. With your authorization, we also gladly communicate with the other providers on your child’s team.
Learning All the Time
We are committed to continuing education so we can tailor our treatment to your child’s specific needs. Our therapists have pursued training in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, TalkTools’ Oral Placement Therapy, Social Thinking®, The Listening Program®, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, Sheldon & Rush Early Childhood Coaching Method, Reading with TLC’s Lively Letters program, DIRFloortime®, and the Brain Gym® Method.
Making Playful Progress
Children learn most effectively when they are having fun. We take the time to understand each child’s interests so that we can embed our treatment goals into purposeful play. By offering choices and following their lead, we see our friends’ confidence blossom as they make meaningful progress toward their goals.
A B O U T M E
Leandra Pfleger, MS, CCC-SLP
Co-Founder, Wachusett Pediatric Therapy Center
Specialties: Speech & Language Therapy
Leandra’s path to becoming a pediatric speech-language pathologist (SLP) began when she was a teen. Her mother volunteered at an inclusive community theater, through which Leandra met a young man with Down Syndrome named Peter. Leandra started working as a personal care attendant for Peter, who struggled with communicating. Peter's mom gave Leandra some old materials from a speech-language pathologist who had worked with him in the past and encouraged her to consider this work.
In college, after studying social work, Leandra realized that she wanted a more targeted path to helping others. Remembering Peter's mother's suggestion, she pursued her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of New Hampshire, and later her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University.
Leandra holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Registration for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
She has experience working in the early intervention and pediatric outpatient settings, treating individuals with delays and disorders in receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, motor planning, reading and writing, executive functioning, social skills and pragmatic language, and fluency.
Leandra is passionate about helping children find their voice through speech and language therapy. She is equally committed to educating and empowering parents so they can be effective advocates for their children. As a mother, Leandra has gained an even deeper appreciation for the stress that a family can experience when a child needs developmental support. She is committed to building strong, collaborative relationships with the children and families she serves.
A B O U T M E
Brieanah “Brie” Sahagian, MOT, OTR/L
Co-Founder, Wachusett Pediatric Therapy Center
Specialties: Occupational & Feeding Therapy
In college, Brie had the opportunity to shadow a pediatric occupational therapist. She was awestruck by the impact this OT was able to make through playfulness, targeted treatment, and relationship-building. Brie decided that becoming an occupational therapist was the perfect way for her to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children.
Brie earned her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Maryville University of St. Louis. She is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Board of Registration for Occupational Therapy. Brie is registered by the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and holds professional membership with the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Brie has had the opportunity to work with pediatric clients in early intervention, school-based, and outpatient settings. Through these experiences, she has helped children with a variety of diagnoses through sensory-integration, therapeutic approaches for feeding difficulties, fine and gross motor development, executive functioning strategies, and behavioral modification approaches. Her training includes the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, the Brain Gym® Method, and The Listening Program®, in addition to earning her certification in DIRFloortime®.
Brie is committed to understanding what motivates the children she works with so that she can incorporate their interests into treatment and help them achieve their goals. She wants every family she serves to feel supported and understood and strives to be a partner in their child's success.