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Our Therapists Share Goals

The therapists at South Shore Therapies come together with similar beliefs and goals. We strongly believe in working together with families to develop individualized goals and provide customized strategies for each of our clients. By making the whole family part of the therapeutic process we can help a child or adolescent be more successful across environments. In addition, we are dedicated to educating our staff on the most current and effective intervention techniques so that families receive the most cutting-edge treatment within a safe and enriching environment. We believe that with guidance and respect, each client that walks through the doors of South Shore Therapies is capable of making functional and relevant progress to enhance independence and successful participation in daily life skills.

 OUR STAFF

Stacey Szklut

M.S., OTR/L

is the owner and executive director of South Shore Therapies, Inc. She oversees the clinical direction and mentoring of the occupational therapy department utilizing her wide range of clinical expertise. Stacey has a passion for working with children that have anxiety and trauma experiences, and believes that change can best be encouraged within a safe and nurturing relationship and environment. This played strongly into the development of SST’s mission. In addition to her work in the clinic, Stacey travels nationally to teach a variety of workshops on sensory processing, autism spectrum disorder, and feeding intervention, as well as providing consultations to schools. Stacey has written numerous articles and book chapters on assessment and intervention for infants and children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as chapters on clinical reasoning and consultation techniques. One of her career highlights was to be recognized as the pediatric sensory integration specialist and premier pediatric clinic in Gary Kielhofner’s book Conceptual Frameworks in OT.

Janmarie Delaney

OTR/L

is the Occupational Therapy Supervisor and lead mentor at the South Shore Therapies Hingham clinic. She has worked in a variety of settings including adult rehab, acute care, neonatal intensive care, and outpatient pediatrics. Her clinical expertise includes assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, coordination disorders, and other learning disabilities. Janmarie has advanced training in sensory integration theory including her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification and specific treatment of visual-vestibular deficits. She also has specialty training in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), complex feeding disorders and the SOS approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening programs, and the Alert program. Janmarie is the organizer of South Shore Therapies evening in-service lecture series and regularly lectures to parents and professionals in the community on sensory processing disorder.

Ericka Morrison

M.S., OTR/L

is the Occupational Therapy Supervisor and lead mentor at the South Shore Therapies Pembroke clinic. Ericka has experience with both adult and pediatric populations working in acute care, rehab settings, early intervention, and schools. She is proficient at treating diverse populations of children including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, ADHD, anxiety, and other developmental and emotional challenges. Ericka has advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition she has expertise with neuro rehabilitation, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, Therapeutic Listening programs, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and children with emotional regulation difficulties. While working on her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, Ericka researched the effects of sensory rooms on reducing anxiety and agitation in adolescents with ASD and acquired brain injury. She is a member of SST’s research team.

Amy O’Connor

M.S., OTR/L

is South Shore Therapies Student/Volunteer Program Coordinator for the occupational therapy department. She has experience in psychiatric facilities, day care settings, and schools. Her clinical specialties include working with children who have impairments in sensory processing and other coordination or learning difficulties to encourage the achievement of functional gross and fine motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. She also enjoys working with toddlers with feeding difficulties. Amy has specialty training in sensory integration, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and Handwriting without Tears®. Amy regularly presents for South Shore Therapies on fine motor and handwriting development and is part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

June Smith

OTR/L

is South Shore Therapies Ocular-Motor /Vision Team Leader and part of our occupational therapy mentoring team. She has extensive experience in public and private schools, home-based intervention, acute care and rehab settings. Her clinical expertise encompasses work with a diverse population of learning disabled, deaf, blind and multi-handicapped children and adolescents. June has extensive specialized training in sensory integration including Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification, NDT, ocular-motor dysfunction, and visual-vestibular treatment. She is a provider for the Therapeutic Listening Program, and is a certified Brain Gym® instructor. June presents her course Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning nationally. In addition, June frequently provides parent and professional in-services on a variety of topics and reported the findings of SST’s ocular-motor screenings at the AOTA national conference.

Kathleen Austin (formerly Ellen)

MOT, OTR/L

is the Occupational Therapy Supervisor and lead mentor at the South Shore Therapies Norwood Clinic. Kathleen was previously the Program Director at a therapeutic recreational facility for children with special needs. Her clinical background also includes public and private school settings as well as inpatient acute care. Kathleen has a passion for working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children and adolescents with sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and those who have experienced trauma. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Additionally, Kathleen has specialized training in supportive behavior management techniques, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLS), and Bal-A-Vis-X. Kathleen regularly presents for South Shore Therapies, has published with, and presented for, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and is a member of SST’s research team.

Alexa Howell

M.S., OTR/L

is an Occupational therapy supervisor and lead mentor at South Shore Therapies Hingham clinic. Alexa has previous experience working in early intervention, acute care, and school settings. She is skilled with children who experience sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, ADHD, and other developmental and learning difficulties. Alexa has passion for assessing and treating infants and toddlers with developmental and feeding delays. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory, including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has specialty training in the SOS approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), ocular-motor dysfunction, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting without Tears®. Alexa regularly presents for South Shore Therapies on sensory processing disorder and fine motor development, and is part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

Susan Curtis

M.S., OTR/L

has extensive experience in sensory integration evaluations and intervention, with Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification. Over her expansive career, she has worked in a wide variety of settings with children from birth through adolescence. Susan possesses advanced specialized training for infants and children with complex feeding issues and the SOS approach to feeding disorders. She has a passion for working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers to encourage and expand food repertoires. In addition, she is a provider for Therapeutic Listening programs and has clinical experience with Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting without Tears®. Susan is an instructor of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test administration course. At SST Susan is a mentor for many of the occupational therapy team.

Kerry Burokas

M.S., OTR/L

is the research director at South Shore Therapies. She has previous experience working in both public and private schools. Kerry is skilled at working with children with diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, ADHD, coordination disorders, anxiety, feeding challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental and learning difficulties. She has completed advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has expertise in reflex integration, Bal-A-Vis-X, Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym®, ocular-motor dysfunction, and children with anxiety. Kerry presented at the AOTA national conference on research related to sensory processing and coping skills. She is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team and is part of the occupational therapy mentoring team.

Rachel Giza-Sisson

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in early intervention in both clinic and home settings, with additional experience working in a pediatric pain rehabilitation center. She is proficient with assessing and treating diverse populations of children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rachel has specialty training in sensory integration, ocular-motor dysfunction, visual-vestibular treatment, Brain Gym®, Building Block reflexes, feeding, and Handwriting without Tears®. She is a member of South Shore Therapies ocular-motor/vison team and part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

Briana Green (formerly Hirst)

M.S., OTR/L

worked as a behavioral health professional providing in-home services prior to becoming an occupational therapist. As an OT she worked at a specialized school for children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Her clinical experience includes treating children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, coordination delays, sensory based feeding difficulties, and behavioral challenges. Briana has specialty training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening programs, Building Blocks reflexes, Zones of Regulation, and the AEIOU systematic approach to pediatric feeding. She has experience implementing Handwriting without Tears®, Bal-A-Vis-X, ocular-motor and visual-vestibular treatment activities. Briana is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team.

Wendy Lam

OTR/L

has multiple years of experience in a wide variety of settings including adult rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient pediatric care, public schools, and early intervention. She is a Certified Early Intervention specialist and enjoys working with infants and young children. Wendy has specialty training in sensory integration, complex feeding disorders and the SOS approach to feeding. She possesses advanced knowledge in therapeutic music programs including The Listening Program (TLP), Therapeutic Listening, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). In addition, she has training in Brain Gym®, Brain Gym® for Children with Special Needs, Bal-a-vis-x, and visual remediation programs. Her passion is combining her knowledge of Craniosacral Therapy techniques with sensory integration treatment to promote holistic intervention.

Darlene Guerriero

COTA

is the Coordinator of Therapeutic Materials at South Shore Therapies. She has experience in a variety of settings, including early intervention, the public school system and private settings. She also possesses prior practice in acute care and rehabilitation with adults. Darlene has specialty training in sensory integration, perceptual-motor training, Brain Gym 101, Brain Gym for Children with Special Needs, Bal-a-vis-x, Handwriting Without Tears Program, Alert Program, Therapeutic Listening Program, ILS and Dr. Kay Toomey S.O.S. Approach to Feeding.

Nancy Hansen

M.S., OTR/L

worked many years in public schools and an educational collaborative servicing children with diverse needs. She is skilled at treating children and adolescents with a wide variety of diagnoses including those with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, cortical visual impairment, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Williams syndrome, visual perceptual and visual-motor difficulties. Nancy especially enjoys working with teenagers and is accomplished at encouraging functional skill development. She has specialty training in Therapeutic Listening programs and Building Blocks reflexes, and is proficient with implementing the Handwriting without Tears® program, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies.

Caroline Itri

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience with both adult and pediatric populations working in a skilled nursing facility, long term acute care, pediatric outpatient clinic, as well as providing hippotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral challenges, anxiety, pediatric stroke, and sensory-based feeding disturbances. Caroline has a passion for working with children who have experienced trauma and those with feeding difficulties. She has specialty training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening programs, Building Blocks reflexes, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, and trauma intervention. Caroline is part of the occupational therapy mentoring team.

Sarah Studley

M.S., OTR/L

has worked with children of a variety of ages in the public school system, outpatient clinics, and home settings. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy focusing on impairments in motor coordination, feeding, visual perceptual motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. Sarah has specialty training in sensory integration and functional neuroanatomy, and utilizes Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies in her treatment sessions. She has volunteered with Surfers Healing and Special Surfers, adaptive surfing programs for children with special needs.

Anna Waverczak

M.S., OTR/L

has experience working at a specialized school for children with cerebral palsy and a pediatric outpatient clinic. She has worked with children who have diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, genetic syndromes, visual perceptual difficulties, and other developmental and learning difficulties. Anna has specialty training in sensory integration, Building Blocks reflexes, and the Quick shifts therapeutic listening program. In addition, she has clinical experience with NDT, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, ocular-motor dysfunction and visual-vestibular treatment. Anna is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team and was instrumental in initiating the ocular-motor screening research for our AOTA presentation.

Amanda Young

M.S., OTR/L

has a range of experience working in schools, outpatient settings, inpatient rehabilitation, and day programming. She was also a team leader at a camp for children with autism spectrum disorders. Her clinical experience involves working with children with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, NVLD, mental health diagnoses, developmental delays, and neurological impairments. Amanda has specialty training in sensory integration, Building Blocks reflexes, and is a provider for Therapeutic Listening. She has experience implementing Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, ocular motor dysfunction and visual vestibular treatment techniques. Amanda is part of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team.

Jessica Franklin

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults and children across a wide variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation, and day programs. She has worked with children who have diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, feeding difficulties, genetic syndromes, and mental health diagnoses. Her clinical experience has focused on addressing sensory processing, feeding, ADL, self-regulation, fine-motor, gross-motor, visual-motor skills, and developmental delay across a wide variety of ages beginning with infants. She has utilized Handwriting Without Tears, Alert program of self-regulation, and NDT strategies in her treatment sessions. Jessica enjoys working in collaboration with children and their families to provide a successful experience to reach meaningful goals and gain independence.

Bevin Corr

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults and children in a skilled nursing facility, adult day health center, and pediatric outpatient clinic. Bevin has a passion for working with children and collaborating with families to help them achieve their therapy and life goals. Her pediatric clinical experience includes working with diagnoses including sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, learning disabilities, fine motor impairments, visual perceptual difficulties, and other developmental and learning difficulties. She has specialty knowledge of sensory integration, Astronaut training, Bal-A-Vis-X, the Wilbarger Protocol, and Alert program of self-regulation.

Jessica Szklut

MS OTR/L, CBIS

Jessica just recently relocated from Charlotte, NC in which she has experience in early intervention, school and clinic settings. Her clinical experience involves working with children with brain injury and stoke, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, feeding difficulties, ADD/ADHD, hypotonia, amongst other neurological disorders. She is a certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) and is actively involved with the International Alliance of Pediatric Stroke (IAPS) and the Pediatric Stroke Task Force to promote awareness, education and research regarding this population. Jessica has a strong passion working with neuro rehabilitation and the pediatric stroke population. In addition, Jessica has an interest in assessing and treating toddlers, and working with children with feeding difficulties. In addition to her BIS certification, she has training in pediatric handling techniques, multidisciplinary approach to spasticity, neuroplasticity for children, and kinesiology taping. She has specialty training in the SOS approach to feeding and Therapeutic and Listening.

Lauren Cleary

MOT, OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults and children in an outpatient hand therapy clinic, a pediatric outpatient clinic, a public school system, and a skilled nursing facility. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, ADHD, developmental delays, feeding difficulties, and behavioral challenges. Lauren previously worked at a summer camp helping children ages 13-16 years old to develop life skills and social skills, as well as volunteered at a summer camp for children with limb differences. She has provided services to adults and children in Guatemala with various neurological and physical disorders that focused on education of individualized adaptive equipment and home exercise programs to help increase their independence. Lauren has a passion for working with children of all ages to help increase their self-confidence and improve their functional skills through skilled intervention.

Sheryl Man

MS, OTR/L

has experience working with children within public and private schools, as well as an outpatient pediatric clinic. She is skilled in assessing and treating children of all ages who have sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, fine and visual motor delays, mental health diagnoses, post-concussion syndrome, and other developmental and learning difficulties. Sheryl has advanced training in sensory integration theory, including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has specialty training in Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Handwriting without Tears®, the Wilbarger Protocol, Brain Gym, Astronaut Training, visual-vestibular treatment, and the Social Thinking Curriculum. Sheryl enjoys working closely with families and children to individualize treatment and meet the needs of each client to make therapy fun and effective.

Alece Demetriades

MOT, OTR/L

has experience in both pediatric outpatient clinics and a variety of geriatric settings. She has experience working with children with sensory processing disorder, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and feeding difficulties. She has volunteered a camp for children with limb abnormalities and a bike riding camp for children with disabilities. She has a passion for working with children and helping them to reach their highest potential.

Vanessa George

M.S., OTR/L

has worked with children of a variety of ages in the early intervention setting and at a specialty school for children with visual impairments. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, visual impairments, feeding difficulties, behavioral challenges, and developmental delays. Vanessa has a passion for working with children with feeding challenges. She is passionate about helping children and their families to achieve their goals through use of child directed play-based therapy.

Cara Cloutier

M.ED, OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in an adult day habilitation program, private and public school systems, and a pediatric outpatient clinic. Her practice includes working with people with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, neurological diseases and disorders, comorbid mental health disorders, and sensory processing disorder. Cara has clinical experience with sensory integration, the Wilbarger Protocol, Handwriting without Tears ®, and the Alert program. She also has a passion for preventing, treating, and rehabilitating athletes from injury.

Brianne Hebert

M.S., OTR/L

previously worked at a group home with children ages 5-22 with a variety of diagnoses. She is skilled in treating individuals with physical, developmental, and social emotional disabilities including Autism, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, and Traumatic Brain Injury. Brianne has experience addressing sensory processing, fine/gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, self-regulation, activities of daily living, and instrumental activities of daily living. Brianne has taken many specialty courses in Sensory integration.

Diana Cavicchi

M.S., OTR/L

has experience working with individuals of all ages. While training to obtain her master’s degree, Diana gained experience in both the skilled nursing and early education environments. She has worked with children with sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, ASD, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and cerebral palsy. She has previous experience working as a Therapy Manager and Chiropractic Assistant to address postural needs as they relate to fine-motor, gross-motor, and visual-motor development. She had the opportunity to design, implement, and revise exercise plans based on clinical observation and collaboration with her clients. Diana enjoys tailoring her sessions to meet the wants and needs of both the family and child to promote success and a positive therapeutic relationship.

Alexis Kimmelman

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in an outpatient clinic setting, public schools, and at the Holland Center in Israel. Prior to graduate school, Allie worked as an assistant preschool teacher and was certified as a nursing assistant in pediatric home health care. As an OT, she has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses and has specialized training in Integrated Listening System, Brain Gym®, Handwriting without Tears,® and The Alert Program. Allie has also conducted research in the area of pediatric family-centered care and has presented at the annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) national conference. She recently relocated from the Washington, D.C. area and is excited to make Massachusetts her new home!

Alissa Delpico

OTR/L

has extensive experience with a wide variety of diagnoses in early intervention, public and private schools, and clinic settings. She is a certified Early Intervention Specialist and qualified as a teacher for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Alissa possesses advanced training, and a passion for working with infants and children with complex feeding and motor coordination issues. She is certified in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), and is a provider for The Listening Program. In addition, Alissa has specialty training in sensory integration, oral motor feeding intervention, reflex integration, ocular-motor dysfunction and Bal-A-Vis-X.

Karen Connell

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in adult outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Her pediatric experience includes working with children with ADHD, social-emotional and behavioral challenges, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and learning disabilities, fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual impairments. She has extensive experience collaborating with families and multi-disciplinary teams developing and implementing interventions for children ages 3-22 to maximize their independence in public school and outpatient setting. She has experience implementing Handwriting without Tears, Zones of Regulation, the Alert Program, and a variety of self-regulation strategies for use in school and at home.

Jennifer O'Shea

M.S., OTR/L

has extensive experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including a renowned pediatric hospital, outpatient clinics, early intervention, and the public schools. She also practiced in adult rehab and has designed splints for both pediatric and adult clients. Jennifer is skilled at assessing and treating children with sensory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, orthopedic/hand dysfunctions, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. She has specialty training in Handwriting without Tears®, NDT, Brain Gym®, and ocular-motor dysfunction. In addition, Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Assistive Technology, which she effectively utilizes within her treatment sessions.

Dana Simons

MOS, OTR/L

has extensive pediatric experience working with children with differing levels of needs in a variety of settings, including schools, homes, and camps for children with disabilities. In addition to her time in acute care and inpatient rehab, Dana has also worked in public schools as well as a substantially separate residential school for individuals with profound autism. Dana is skilled in working with individuals with ASD, developmental delays, emotional/behavior challenges, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She is passionate about promoting skill development during play-based activities to facilitate success for the child.

Jamie Baker

OTD, OTR/L

has experience working with children ages birth to 3 years old in the early intervention setting. While training to obtain her doctoral degree from MGHIHP, she gained experience through clinical placements in geriatric home health and outpatient pediatrics. Her pediatric experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental and learning difficulties, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder and behavioral challenges. In addition, Jamie has conducted research on occupational therapy’s role in ecological sustainability and inclusive design strategies to increase participation and accessibility for children and adults with physical, sensory, and brain-based conditions. She values using a strengths-based and child-led approach to ensure children and their families can live life to the fullest.

Kristina Hancock

OTD, OTR/L

has occupational therapy experience in a variety of settings, including pediatric acute care and inpatient rehab with a focus on neurological conditions. She completed her fieldwork experience at Boston Children’s Hospital where she worked with individuals from infancy through adulthood with complex medical diagnoses. Kristina has additional experience working with children with Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. She completed her occupational therapy doctoral project at South Shore Therapies, exploring parents’ goals for their children with sensory processing challenges. Kristina has a passion for child-directed, play-based therapy and is excited to be part of the SST Norwood team.

Lauren Grimard

MOT, OTR/L

has experience working in an adult psychiatric facility as well as an after school program focused on sensory integration for children. She has experience in tele-health and in- person sessions in a pediatric outpatient clinic setting. Her practice includes working with children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, coordination disorders, hemiplegia and feeding difficulties as well as anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder and emotion regulation disorders. Lauren is also mental health first aid certified. She has passion for working with children of all ages to help reach their full potential through creative and fun skilled occupational therapy services.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Melanie Austin

M.S., CCC-SLP

is the Director of Speech and Language services at South Shore Therapies. She has worked in outpatient pediatric treatment settings since 2000 and created our speech and language program in June of 2006. Her clinical expertise includes assessing and treating individuals with executive function disorders, nonverbal learning disability, apraxia of speech, social language difficulties, and many other language-based learning disorders. She also does orientation and training of both low and high-tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems. Melanie frequently provides lectures on a variety of speech and language topics for community programs, PAC/SEPAC organizations, and other health professionals. She was previously a professor in the Communication Disorders Department at Bridgewater State University, appeared as a guest on 95.9 WATD's Raising Healthy Kids program, and has contributed to various publications. Melanie most recently received the ACE award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for demonstrating commitment to lifelong learning.

Ellen Austin (formerly Keefe)

M.S., CCC-SLP

is the Speech and Language Supervisor and lead mentor in South Shore Therapies Pembroke clinic. Ellen has been part of the South Shore Therapies staff since 2006. She has extensive experience with assessment and treatment of a wide variety communication disorders including autism, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, selective mutism, auditory processing deficits, and other language based disorders. Ellen has specialized training in PROMPT © technique, in addition to experience implementing a variety of communication programs including Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® curriculums, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Ellen frequently provides parent and professional in-services on a variety of communication topics including Nonverbal Learning Disability, Developing Social Stories, and Using Visual Supports for Communication.

Theresa Tousignant

M.S., CCC-SLP

joined South Shore Therapies in 2011 and is the Student/Volunteer Program Coordinator for the speech department. She has experience working with children of all ages and with a wide range of communication disorders, including articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language difficulties, social language deficits, and higher-level language disorders. Her previous clinical experiences include working with children within the public school and outpatient rehabilitation centers. She has a particular interest in the area of high-tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and in language-based learning disabilities. Theresa has attended the Current Trends in Autism conference for the past 10 years and is currently their Continuing Education Coordinator.

Hannah Trahan-Hood

M.S., CCC-SLP

came to South Shore Therapies with extensive experience assessing and treating children with autism spectrum disorder. Prior to joining the SST team, she was the Supervisor of Allied Health at an institution servicing individuals with various developmental disabilities. She also has previous experience working in a public school. Hannah has expertise in evaluating and orienting children with augmentative-alternative communication needs ranging from low- tech symbols to high-tech voice generating devices. Additionally, she has had training in the PECS program, the DIR/Floor Time method, TEEACH, Essentials for Living, and the Social Thinking® program.

Ashleigh Moore

M.S., CCC-SLP

is the speech and language supervisor in our Norwood clinic and leader of SST’s social media team. Ashleigh has had experience evaluating and treating adults and children in inpatient, outpatient, public school, and private practice settings. She is skilled in working with children with autism spectrum disorder, receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, motor speech difficulties, and executive function challenges. She is particularly passionate about working with children with executive function and social communication disorders and has extensive knowledge of the Social Thinking® curriculum. Ashleigh also has experience helping families obtain and orient to a variety of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems, and participated in LAMP training to increase her knowledge of a motor-based approach to AAC.

Dana Shepherd

MS, CCC-SLP

has experience evaluating and treating children in private practice, public school, and university clinic settings. She is skilled at working with children with receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, and higher-level language difficulties. In addition, Dana was the recipient of the Naomi Stroh Janover scholarship for her work with families and toddlers with hearing loss through the Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program at Emerson College. Dana did her final field work at South Shore Therapies where she was asked to stay on as an employee upon completion.

Meaghan Hayes Leoncavallo

M.S., CCC-SLP

has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, attention deficit disorder, non-verbal learning disability, articulation and phonological disorders, executive function deficits, and social pragmatic language difficulties. She has attended trainings related to the Social Thinking® program, the Kaufman Apraxia protocol, and Westby’s Play and Language assessment. Meaghan previously worked in a public school setting and pediatric private practice. She prides herself in tapping into each child’s creativity to build rapport by using multisensory stimuli including music, video, crafts, play, and humor to facilitate language.

John Desmond

M.S., CCC-SLP

worked many years in the public school setting where he was certified by the Mass Department Of Education as a speech-language pathologist at all levels of professional status. He provided group and individual treatment for elementary and middle school students with a variety of language disorders, and supervised graduate student clinicians from various accredited programs. In 2016 John was the recipient of the Norfolk County Teachers Association Award for commitment, dedication, and excellence in teaching. John prides himself on completing individualized assessments and providing highly effective treatment for children with speech disorders and language based learning disabilities. In addition, he frequently lectures to parents and professionals within the community on various speech and language-related topics.

Janet Pike

M.S., CCC-SLP

has been working at South Shore Therapies since 2008. She has been in the field of speech pathology for over 30 years and is currently splitting her time between South Shore Therapies and a local public school district. She has previously worked in a variety of hospital settings, as well as a center for children with various developmental disabilities. During her time in the field she has treated children with a wide variety of speech and language disorders including receptive and expressive language deficits, articulation and phonological disorders, social language difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder. Janet’s areas of special interest include improving stuttering, using narration to facilitate language, and increasing higher level language abilities.

Mary Kate Mackenzie

MS, CCC-SLP

Mary Kate MacKenzie comes to South Shore therapies with experience working with children in public school, private practice, early intervention, and university clinic settings. She has evaluated and treated children with receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, higher-level language difficulties, and feeding and swallowing impairments. Her experience includes implementing both low tech and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Additionally, Mary Kate received the Naomi Stroh Janover scholarship to provide therapy for infants and toddlers with hearing loss in the Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program at Emerson College. Mary Kate enjoys working closely with families to create meaningful goals and promote generalization of skills across settings.

Heather Wolff

MA, CCC-SLP

is the Speech and Language supervisor in our Hingham clinic. Heather has experience evaluating and treating children in the school, private practice, and outpatient settings. She is skilled in working with children with receptive and expressive language disorders/delays, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency disorders, Down Syndrome, and pragmatic language disorders. Heather also has experience working with children who present with feeding disorders and has trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. In addition, Heather is a PROMPT trained clinician and has completed various Talk Tools training to further help children with motor speech difficulties. Heather places an emphasis on collaborating with families and other providers, and believes that this is essential in the treatment process to increase progress and generalization of skills. Heather uses a play-based therapy approach, tailoring to each child’s interests, to make therapy fun and effective.

Jennifer Landolfi

M.A., CCC-SLP

has experience working with children with a variety of speech and language disorders within both the public school and private practice settings. She is skilled in assessing and treating children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, social language deficits, motor speech disorders, stuttering, auditory and language processing disorders, and various other language-based learning disabilities. In addition, Jennifer is trained in the implementation of the Social Thinking® curriculum in order to improve social language abilities in school-aged children and adolescents.

Rachel Cardaci

MS, CCC-SLP

joins South Shore Therapies with experience evaluating and treating children and adults in diverse clinical settings including outpatient, inpatient, public school, charter school, and a university clinic. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders, social communication disorders, autism spectrum disorder, Rett’s Syndrome, and cerebral palsy. She is driven to make personal connections with each of her clients and to collaborate with parents in order to incorporate home carryover activities into daily routines to promote progress across settings..

Julie Salters

MS, CCC-SLP

Comes to South Shore Therapies with experience evaluating and treating children and adults in a variety of settings, including private practice, public school, university clinic, and skilled nursing facility. Julie completed one of her clinical internships with South Shore Therapies in graduate school and has experience working with children with a wide range of speech and language disorders, including receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, executive function challenges, and social pragmatic language difficulties. In addition, Julie enjoys working closely with families and children to individualize treatment and meet the needs of each client to promote generalization across environments.

Allison Minsky

MS, CF-SLP

Allison Minsky comes to South Shore therapies with experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including university outpatient clinic, early intervention, feeding clinic, public schools and inpatient hospitals. Allie is skilled at treating and evaluating children with receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorder, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic language difficulties and feeding and swallowing disorders. Allie has strong communication skills and is driven to build rapport with both her clients and their families. She is passionate about planning and delivering creative, individualized treatment designed to meet the unique needs of each child she has the great pleasure of working with.

Veronique L. Webber

M.S., CCC-SLP

Veronique has spent the last five years trying to understand New England winters while living in Connecticut, working in Early Intervention. During her professional career, Veronique has had the opportunity to work with children under the age of three with a variety of disorders. She coached caregivers in their natural environments, providing valuable skills that encouraged language development in young children. Veronique worked closely with teachers, developmental specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral analysts to provide the best care for her clients. She also served on the initial evaluation team, determining eligibility for early intervention services and providing autism screenings. Veronique has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Medically Fragile Children, Language Delays and Articulation/Phonological Disorders. She has received specialized training in Early Intervention Service Coordination and she enjoys working intimately with and educating parents. Veronique is passionate about the power of play and caregiver coaching in speech and language development for children.

Alison Murphy

MS ED., CCC-SLP

Alison has experience working with children in private practice and Early Intervention before joining South Shore Therapies. She has evaluated and treated children with receptive and expressive language deficits, social pragmatic communication disorders, fluency disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and higher-level language difficulties. She utilizes close collaboration with caregivers and other medical professionals to promote generalization of skills across daily environments. Alison enjoys working closely with families to develop functional, individualized goals to make therapy fun and effective.

Alexandra DeRosa

MS, CCC-SLP

Alexandra has had the opportunity to work with children ranging in age from 18 months-20 years old diagnosed with pragmatic language disorder, expressive/receptive language disorder and delay, autism spectrum disorder, phonological & articulation disorders, fluency disorder, and motor-speech disorder. She enjoys providing parent education and coaching for families and caregivers. In addition, Alexandra is PROMPT-trained to further help children with motor-planning difficulties. Alexandra’s flexible, creative and passionate personality creates an engaging and warm environment for children and their families. Her previous work with clients in their home environments via Early Intervention and private practice has helped her develop active listening, empathy, and experience identifying shared goals. This results in progress, ongoing involvement and eventual positive therapy outcomes. She is an advocate for working with other professionals and disciplines involved in each child’s ecosystem.

Michele Donlon

M.S., CCC-SLP

brings more than 15 years of clinical experience diagnosing and treating early speech and language delays and disorders, written and spoken language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and social communication disorders through evidence-based practices in the outpatient hospital, collaborative special education school, and home-based private practice settings. Michele has worked with specialized populations of children with genetic syndromes, intellectual disabilities, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her experience includes implementation of both low tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and programing of high tech AAC devices. She is certified in the Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” program. In her practice, Michele promotes and supports family’s involvement in the therapy process. Michele has presented information on speech and language development, as well as interdisciplinary practice to parents and educators at state conferences and community preschools. She is also published in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Theresa Zeoli

MS, CCC-SLP

Theresa comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working with children and adults across the lifespan within the public school, collaborative school, early intervention, day rehabilitation, and university clinic settings. She has evaluated and treated individuals with various communication disorders and diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, social/pragmatic language deficits, receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, and social/emotional deficits. She also has specialized experience in trialing, programming, and maintaining augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Theresa is passionate about establishing a strong rapport with clients and families to promote skill carryover and making speech/language therapy an enjoyable experience for all.

Brianna Baril

MS, CCC-SLP

Brianna comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working in the early intervention, pediatric outpatient, and public middle/high school settings. She has experience treating children with receptive and expressive language delays, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, social pragmatic language difficulties, articulation disorders, and feeding and swallowing disorders. Brianna enjoys providing telepractice services and was a part of a research project in graduate school that studied the use of telepractice as a service delivery model for children with autism spectrum disorder. She enjoys working closely with families and providing them with individualized treatments and education. Brianna promotes a fun and comfortable therapy environment for all children she works with.

Bailey Pace, MS, CF-SLP

Bailey joins South Shore Therapies with experience evaluating and treating adults and children in a university clinic, outpatient private practice, and public school. In her graduate experience at Worcester State University, she had the chance to provide evaluation and intervention services for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), social language, expressive/receptive language, voice, fluency, aural rehabilitation, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and cognitive disorders. In children, her favorite diagnosis to treat is stuttering. She is trained in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) and hopes to get her specialty certification in voice disorders one day. Bailey is passionate about working with children and believes the client’s family should be an integral part of treatment to ensure carryover of skills.

Colleen MacWilliam, MS, CCC-SLP

Colleen comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working in a variety of settings including early intervention, pediatric outpatient, and private practice. She has experience working with children with receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, social pragmatic language difficulty, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, cerebral palsy, and feeding and swallowing disorders. Colleen has a special interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), play/prelinguistic skills, and feeding and swallowing disorders. Colleen enjoys collaborating with families to take into consideration their personal goals for their child. Colleen creates a fun and safe environment for children to work on increasing their communication skills.

Kaylin Barnes, MS, CF-SLP

Kaylin comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working in the public schools and outpatient clinic settings. She has evaluated and treated pediatric populations in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), articulation and phonology, receptive and expressive language delays/disorders, literacy, voice disorders and vocal hygiene, and cognitive communication/executive functioning. Kaylin utilizes multimodal communication, including American Sign Language and visual supports, to facilitate holistic and functional communication development for young children. Kaylin is particularly passionate about providing a warm and encouraging environment for children to work on new and challenging things.

Kayla Supple, MS, CF-SLP

Kayla joins South Shore Therapies with experience evaluating and treating children and adults across settings that include outpatient private practice, public school, and a university clinic. She has worked with children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses including expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, executive function difficulties, and social communication disorders. She also has extensive experience working with children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and children with a history of behavioral struggles. Kayla is very passionate about creating a fun and engaging environment to encourage communication and enjoys integrating the client’s family in order to promote generalization and carryover of learned skills.

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