Luba Patlakh Kaplun, Director/CEO, Kidology Inc.
Family Focus Media is proud to recognize Luba Patlakh Kaplun with a Women of Influence Award.
A lover of linguistics, Luba is the owner and director of Kidology; an early intervention hub for children who have developmental needs or require enrichment programming to prepare for success in school and life. Luba has been working with children for over 10 years. She has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and is a licensed M.S. CCC-SLP in the state of Pennsylvania. Her mission is to enrich the lives of children who need support in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Luba is bilingual in English and Russian and teaches and mentors others in both languages. She is a proud wife and mother of three.
Hard Work and Giving Back
Founded in 2012, Kidology is a Special Education School with locations both in Philadelphia and Bucks County that offers a wide range of interventions for children who require extra support in their early years, from Speech Therapy to Behavior Services; Physical Therapy to Occupational Therapy. Starting with herself and just one other staff member, Luba launched and then steered Kidology through expansive growth over its seven-plus-year lifespan. Today, Kidology employs a salaried staff and some 50 contractors who provide the therapeutic services and special instruction offered by the company. On May 1, 2023, Luba completed her dream of adding a therapeutic Playspace for children with their all new, state-of-the-art facility, at their Southampton location. In addition, Luba supports many local charities, from raising money and awareness for Toys for Tots, to children’s cancer foundations, Jewish groups and shelters, and more. Luba also takes part in mentoring clinical students. “It’s such a pleasure to know I am helping to mold the future of this industry and able to provide my stamp on their learning experience and work experience,” she says.
Point of Pride
Luba is proud of her efforts to raise awareness of special needs in the Russian community. “I am a Russian Jew and come from ‘people’ who didn’t always have an understanding of children’s needs; rather it was looked down upon and considered something to hide,” she shared. With her help and community outreach, she has been able to provide information to local families who needed help but didn’t know what to do, who to turn to, or how to make useful change for their families.