Our Story

If you are wondering about the name of the practice, KCB stands for Kimberly Carmen Buford. Kimberly was Dr. Buford’s only sister and an exceptional nurse who graduated from Hampton University. She was working on her master’s degree as a nurse practitioner at Georgetown University when she unfortunately passed away from a long-term battle with Lupus in 2011 at the age of 28. However, before her passing, Kimberly and Dr. Buford had already laid the foundation for The KCB Play Institute. The idea behind this practice was to combine the expertise of two medical professions, speech pathology, and nurse practitioner, to provide exceptional medical and therapeutic services to children and their families in the Washington metropolitan area. Today, The KCB Play Institute operates on the same principles the sisters established a decade ago.

“Words have meaning, and NAMES have power” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The KCB Play Institute is a private practice that specializes in pediatric speech-language pathology and occupational therapy. Located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, we cater to a diverse community. Our practice is designed to provide specialized services for neurodiverse children who have speech, language, and occupational therapy needs. We prioritize shared decision-making and family-centered care to ensure that all children in need of our services, regardless of their socioeconomic status, receive quality care. The institute strives to ensure that every child has access to early, specialized, and evidence-based therapeutic services. Additionally, we aim to reduce healthcare disparities in underserved communities through outreach and support.

Our Vision

The KCB Play Institute imagines a world where every child enjoys the opportunity to release the voice within, and their daily lives are centered around playful learning experiences instead of obstacles. We are committed to ensuring that all families have access to needed services and support.

The Institute’s Mission

As a consortium led by a person of color, The KCB Play Institute is on a mission to improve the lives of neurodiverse children and their families by providing exceptional, team-based, and effective speech, language, and occupational therapy services, as well as family support. Our goal is to help every child reach their full potential, regardless of cultural background, social barriers, or ability to pay.


The KCB Play Institute adheres to the following values to guide its actions and decisions in pursuing our mission and vision: