Serving Children and Families on the Eastside since 2006

Company Profile

Stepping Stones has been recognized at the state and national level for clinical excellence, advocacy and leadership.

Our company is a dynamic, therapist owned private practice specializing in helping children with developmental needs.

Since 2006, Stepping Stones has offered dedicated therapy services to help children reach their fullest potential, whether it is at home, school or play.

The clinic provides a positive, caring environment where therapists carefully consider each child's strengths and learning styles to set up a program that fits their unique personality and developmental needs. Core values include nurturing a positive self-concept and finding the fun and joy in learning while improving foundational sensory-motor and self-help skills. Facilities include two sensory-motor gyms, fine motor rooms and speech therapy treatment rooms.

In addition to therapy provided at the clinic and at local private schools, Stepping Stones has developed programs for community outreach. Part of this outreach involves advocating for the needs of children and educating others about the benefits of early intervention.

Stepping Stone's clients include children AND their families, working together towards greater independence and joyful achievements in "everyday ways". As therapists, we envision our role in a child's life as a "stepping stone" to help him or her achieve the next level of success. It is our mission to provide kind, creative and compassionate care to the children and families we serve.

Our therapists have extensive clinical expertise from working with children in a variety of settings. Clients will be referred to a clinician whose experience is most appropriate for his/her needs.

Awards and Honors

Winner of National Small Business Association’s Emerging Leaders Program‐Seattle (2016)

  • Company selected as 1 of 20 businesses amongst 170 applicants for the Emerging LeadersStreetwise ™ MBA Program.
  • Certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Boston University.

American Occupational Therapy Association sponsored Leadership Program (2016)

  • Selected as one of 15 therapists nationwide to participate in "Cultivating Your Power and Influence" Leadership Development Program for Managers in Washington D.C.

Winner of OT/OTA Partnership Award -Washington Occupational Therapy Association (2015)

  • Company was featured in September’s Practitioner Spotlight article in WOTA newsletter.
  • Interview highlighting collaboration between OT and OT Assistant at Stepping Stones OT.

Rehab Management Magazine, Podcast Interview (2015)

  • Podcast interview featured in “Best Practices” section of national Rehab Magazine.
  • Discussed challenges and strategies for running a healthy private practice.

Winner of National SCORE Small Business Award (2012)

  • Company selected as 1 out of 102 small businesses in the nation.
  • Recognized for its commitment to learning and growth.

Core Values

Management / Administrative

Helen Pellicano
Office Manager
Jessica McMurdie OTR/L
Owner / Clinic Director
Lindsey Brown
Billing Coordinator

Occupational Therapists

Ariel Shamouilian OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Ashley Scott OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Emma Stern OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Jessica Schultz COTA/L
Occupational Therapist
Kari Wathen-Torres OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Laura Bannick OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Mariah Schuster OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

Speech Therapists

Lindsey Holmes, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
Mahala Pignatelli CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

Latest Company News

Please be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest news and events happening at Stepping Stones..

Stepping Stones is proud to announce an expansion of OT and Speech Therapy services to Bothell in 2017!  We are excited to offer individual and group therapy services.

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Join us for the 20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk® on Sunday, October 2nd at Seattle Center!

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Latest Company Blogs

Sensory Friendly Activities Fall Update

Last spring we told you about a few sensory friendly family activities in the area. Here is an updated list of their fall dates!

After School Sensory Activities

Back to school blues have you down? Here are some fun, inclusive after school and weekend activities!

Speech News: Back to School Transition

4 Steps to make the transition back to school easier..

Back to School Tips

Here are some tips for adjusting to the new school year..

Summer Groups

Feeling good and making friends in summertime!

Speech-Language Goals

Summer themed activities that parents can do at home to help with their child’s speech-language goals:

Vacation Tips

Here are some tips to help ensure smooth travels..

Summertime Craft Activities

Enjoy these two seasonal craft projects!

Summer Groups

Summer groups have started! This summer we are offering weekly Social Skills groups, Pre-K Kindergarten Readiness groups, and a Yoga/Handwriting Workshop.

Sensory Activities

Spring Sensory Activities

Sensory Outings

Upcoming Sensory Friendly Outings

The Gym at Stepping Stones

Overview of one of our gyms

Six Tips for Back to School Success

How to ease your child's transition back to the school year

Join our Team!

At Stepping Stones , we are an equal opportunity employer. We are always accepting resumes from experienced pediatric therapists. Excellent pay, benefit packages, including part time. Also now hiring for Saturday OT position (optional 1 Saturday off per month of therapist's choice). Fax or send resumes to Stepping Stones using our Contact Information