KidSense employs excellent experienced and licensed Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Social Cognition Experts, Executive Functioning Coaches, Feeding Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors.

 

KidSense Therapy Group, LLC  is co-owned by Jennifer Bosma, a speech-language pathologist and Amanda Griffith, an occupational therapist who are passionate about helping children and families get the help and support they need.  We work together with families and educators to ensure success, not only in the therapeutic setting, but at home and in the school environment as well. KidSense offers occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, physical therapy, social-cognitive therapy, executive functioning coaching, feeding therapy and mental health counseling along with a variety of programs to further enhance your child's ability to navigate life with enthusiasm and ease.

At KidSense, children experience therapy in an environment conducive to play.  We have a space equipped with therapeutic gym equipment along with smaller rooms for one-on-one therapy and mental health counseling. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact us at 203-874-5437.

Meet Our Team

Owners

Jennifer Bosma, M.S., CCC-SLP Co-Owner

From:
Long Island, New York

Education:
Undergraduate: Worcester State College, Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Graduate: Worcester State College, Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Certification:
Certified member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA), Member of the Connecticut Speech, Language, Hearing Association (CSHA), Certified Provisional Educator by the Connecticut Department of Education, Licensed SLP by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Certified MAPS facilitator, CPR Certified

Experience:
I have been a speech-language pathologist specializing in pediatrics since 2003. In addition to my many years of clinical experience, I am an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University supervising first year graduate students. Additionally, I have worked within public and private school systems, creating and implementing cohesive IEPs and navigating the PPT process. I thoroughly enjoy working with the pediatric population and truly appreciate and admire the hard work each child puts in to increase their communication skills. I make parents a critical part of our treatment "team" to ensure their child's success both in and out of the therapeutic setting. I use a variety of treatment approaches, tailoring each session to the needs and abilities of the individual child. I am well versed in sensory needs and comfortably make those interventions available to my clients as needed during our sessions. I am part of the KidSense feeding team, ensuring that children with swallowing issues or finicky eating can increase their nutritional intake as well as participate in the social aspects of dining with family and friends. Additionally, the majority of my sessions revolve around Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® methods and philosophies, as well as executive functioning. I believe social cognition and executive functioning touches upon all aspects of life and it is important to understand how to utilize these skills appropriately to navigate the social environment.

I am fortunate to have my loving husband as my biggest supporter and my 5 beautiful children always teaching and reminding me what life is all about. I could not feel more blessed.

Contact:
Email Jenn: [email protected]

Amanda Griffith, COTA/L Co-Owner

Amanda Griffith, COTA/L Co-Owner

From:
Milford, Connecticut

Education:
Undergraduate: Baypath College, Associates in Science in Occupational Therapy

Certification:
Certified by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Certified member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Licensed by the State of Connecticut, Handwriting specialist formally trained in Handwriting Without Tears, formal training in Masgutova MNRI primitive reflex integration, CPR Certified.

Experience:
With over 20 years of experience in the occupational therapy field, primarily in the area of pediatrics, I have worked in private school settings, as well as in a clinical setting. I have extensive experience in creating and implementing functional IEP goals and objectives, as well as providing parents with training to ensure carry-over of learned skills. I have advanced training and experience in providing torticollis intervention, handwriting, integration of primitive reflexes, vision retraining, and some training in cranial sacral therapy. I also greatly enjoy being a part of the KidSense feeding therapy team.

My love for the outdoors and healthy eating spill into my philosophies and beliefs and these values help me to fully support the growth and development of my clients. As a mother of two girls, I understand how difficult it can be to fit therapeutic activities into already busy lives. I work hard to ensure that my suggestions to parents are manageable and functional for the family’s dynamics. As a therapist, I take a holistic approach to treating the child and believe strongly in a cohesive model to ensure carryover and generalization into real life for the ultimate long-term success of my clients.

Contact:
Email Amanda: [email protected]

Clinical Director

Amanda Ray, M.A., CCC-SLP

Amanda Ray, M.A., CCC-SLP

From:
Orange, Connecticut

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut, Bachelors of Arts, Communication Disorders and Psychology
Graduate: University of Connecticut, Masters of Arts, Speech Language Pathology

Certification:
Certified Member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Licensed SLP by the CT Department of Public Health. Certified Initial Educator by CT Department of Education.

Experience:
Professionally, I have over 9 years of experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, private clinic, and educational as well as with individuals ranging in age from birth- geriatrics. Additionally, I supervise graduate student clinicians within our clinic as well as through a variety of Universities. I am comfortable providing services in both one-to-one and group sessions. I have led numerous Aphasia groups in addition to social cognitive/executive functioning groups. Prior to working full time within the clinical setting, I have provided in-service training on dysphagia to nursing staff and also have worked as an early intervention specialist with Birth to Three providing in-home therapy to children diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. I have a great deal of experience with children who need therapy for articulation, receptive/expressive language, dysfluency, auditory processing, pragmatics, and swallowing. I am one of the members of our Feeding Team here at KidSense. I also provide parent support and education to ensure successful achievement of functional goals within our clinic as well as outside our clinic. I enjoy using a variety of materials and approaches within my sessions, being sure that the resources are relevant and motivating to the child. The focus of my therapy is mainly based on the philosophies of Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® as well as Sarah Ward & Kristen Jacobsen's Executive Functioning and I am constantly finding ways to implement them more into my everyday therapies as well as within my own family life. I am motivated to constantly learn and grow. When I'm not working, I love spending time with my husband and two daughters, as well as our dog and two cats.

Contact:
Email Amanda: [email protected]

Clinical Manager

Eliana Echeverry, M.A., CCC-SLP

From:
Palisades Park, New Jersey

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Connecticut & Master of Arts in Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut

Certification:
Certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, Member of the Connecticut Speech & Hearing Association, Licensed Speech-language pathologist by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, Initial Educator Certificate from the State of Connecticut State Board of Education, and CPR certification

Experience:
When I get asked why I am a speech therapist, the answer comes quickly. I value communication as one of the integral parts of interpersonal relations. It allows to us connect with others and the world around us in unique ways. In becoming a speech-language pathologist I took on a personal challenge to develop and restore communicative abilities in others.

I have gained experience working with pediatrics, ranging from toddlers to teenagers in outpatient, educational, and in-home settings addressing cognitive, communication, and swallowing deficits related to a variety of congenital and acquired etiologies including Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, and Hearing Impairments. Working at KidSense allows me to use my skills to build a bridge in order to better navigate the educational and social demands encountered by the pediatric population.

These opportunities have fostered a strong interest in working with executive functioning and the use of various forms of assistive technology as well as the incorporation of web-based resources to meet the needs of children. In addition, my experiences have drawn me to develop clinical skills in evaluating, diagnosing, and creating interventions for bilingual (Spanish-English) children.

Contact:
Email Eliana: [email protected]

Speech Language Pathologists

Haily Reatherford, SLP

From:
Long Island NY

Education:
Bachelor's degree in Health Science and Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathologist from Sacred Heart University

Certification:
CCC-SLP

Experience:
I have clinical experience in diverse settings with a variety of ages and diagnoses. Some settings include school settings from PreK–middle school, acute care hospitals, neonatal intensive care unit, long term, and short-term rehabilitation. My favorite part about being an SLP is seeing clients use the gift of communication and language to make connections, learn, and change the world around them.

Katharine Moore, M.S., CF, SLP

From:
Hamden, CT

Education:
B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Rhode Island
M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Iona College

Certification:
M.S.,CF- SLP, CPR/ BLS Certification

Experience:
My experience includes treatment and evaluation in a variety of clinical settings such as pediatric private clinics, outpatient facilities and specialized educational settings. I’ve gained experience working with populations including children, adolescents and adults with an autism spectrum disorder, infants and children with feeding difficulties, medically fragile children and clients with fluency and cognitive disorders. I have gained a passion for working with the pediatric population in treatment and assessment as well as collaborating with families and other professionals in order to provide an optimal level of care. I have experience working with clients of all ages and their families to access and implement AAC devices to aid in communication for day-to-day life. My favorite part about the field of speech-language pathology is the role I get to play in helping clients and their loved ones gain the tools to reach their communication goals and potential.

Contact:
Email Katharine: [email protected]

Julie Frattini, M.S., CCC-SLP

From:
Orange, CT

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
B.A. in Communication Disorders and B.A. in Psychology

Certification:
Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech language pathology, PROMPT trained, Licensed SLP by CT Department of Public Health, Certified Provisional Education by CT Department of Education, Certified member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)

Experience:
My professional career as a speech-language pathologist began in 2011. Since the start of my career, I have worked solely with pediatrics and young adults. The majority of my experience is working in specialized and therapeutic educational settings. I have many years of experience teaching, leading, and supporting graduate students and speech-language pathologists in a supervisor role. Throughout my professional years, I have treated a multitude of populations including; Apraxia, Phonological Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotionally Disturbed, social pragmatic deficits, expressive & receptive language disorders, stuttering, ADHD, and Down Syndrome. I have extensive experience running social skills groups for children and young adults. During group, we work as a team to social problem solve, interpret and analyze social scenarios, take the perspectives of others, and role-play. A special interest of mine is working with children who utilize alternative and augmentative communication devices. I am passionate about providing children, with all varying levels of ability, the tools to be able to effectively and efficiently communicate their thoughts or share their ideas. There is no greater joy than to support children in finding their voice. I am elated to be rejoining my KidSense family and to work alongside other passionate, energetic, and friendly professionals.

Contact:
Email Julie: [email protected]

Kailee Oakes, MS CF-SLP

From:
Westwood, NJ

Education:
B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Springfield College
M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Sacred Heart University

Certification:
M.S., CF-SLP

Experience:
Over the past few years I have gained experience working in a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient rehabilitation, public school and a Regional Educational Service Center. I have worked with a variety of populations of all ages including children and adults with ASD, down syndrome, apraxia, Parkinsons and those who have a history of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I have found a love for working with children and young adults and have gained a majority of my experience treating articulation, receptive and expressive language, dysfluency, auditory/language processing, executive functioning and social/pragmatic language skills. I believe in a whole-person approach and aim to create meaningful relationships with each client that I treat. My overall goal as a clinician is to help them become better communicators and be able to achieve their highest quality of life.

Contact:
Email Kailee: [email protected]

Michelle Newman, M.S. CCC-SLP

Michelle Newman, M.S. CCC-SLP

From:
Leesburg, VA

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorder from James Madison University. Master’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University.

Certification:
Certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Connecticut, Certified Speech Language Pathologist in the state of Virginia, Certified Member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), LSVT LOUD certified, CPR/BLS Certified by the American Heart Association

Experience:
My experience includes working in a pediatric outpatient specialty rehabilitation center in a hospital setting, specializing in the medically fragile population, working in individual sessions, and working in group therapy sessions. I have experience working with the pediatric population with the following diagnoses: Autism, Senior Loken Syndrome, Occipitocervical Meningocephalocele, Congenital Brain Malformation, Posterior Tongue Tie, Right Hemiparesis, TBI, Retts Syndrome, Chiari Malformation Type 1, Congenital CMV, Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Soto Syndrome, Chromosomal Abnormalities, Developmental Delay, Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, and Downs Syndrome. I always provide parental support and enjoy collaborating with other professionals in order to ensure carryover and generalization of skills across all environments. I have experience working with augmentative and alternative communication devices (from no/low tech devices to high tech devices). My passion is to provide family-centered care grounded in evidence-based research for the pediatric population.

Contact:
Email Michelle: [email protected]

Kaitlin Castiglione, M.S. CCC-SLP

From:
Seymour, Connecticut

Education:
Undergraduate: Southern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders
Graduate: Southern Connecticut State University, Masters of Science, Communication Disorders

Certification:
Certified member of the American Speech, Language, Hearing Association (ASHA), Member of the Connecticut Speech, Language, Hearing Association (CSHA), Certified Initial Educator by the Connecticut Department of Education, Licensed SLP by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) trained, PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Muscular Phonetic Targets) Level 1 certified.

Experience:
My experience includes working in both private and public school systems with a team implementing IEPs and attending PPTs. In addition to my work in the educational setting, I also have experience in private clinics. I am comfortable providing services in both one-on-one and group settings. I have worked with kids of all ages, toddlers to high school and the adult population. I have worked extensively with the autism population providing services both one on one and in social groups. I am able to communicate at the conversational level in both Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). I like to incorporate Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) and a variety of stimulating materials into my sessions to ensure motivation and success. Collaboration with families and other professionals is important to me because it ensures carry-over and generalization of speech and language skills across a variety of settings. Most importantly, I enjoy seeing the children I work with be successful!

Contact:
Email Kaitlin: [email protected]

Katie Rodrigue, M.S., CCC-SLP

From:
Shelton, CT

Education:
Undergraduate:University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders
Graduate: Southern Connecticut State University, Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

Certification:
ASHA CCC/SLP, CT Dept of Education Professional Educator Certificate, Department of Public Health certification, CPR/ First aid, PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral-Muscular Phonetic Targets) Level 1 certified

Experience:
I began my clinical experience working in a rehabilitation setting, treating clients in outpatient settings as well as hospital settings. I transitioned to a school-based position 16 years ago, and have worked with students in preschool through grade 12 during that time.

Contact:
Email Katie: [email protected]

Occupational Therapists

Samantha Fornaro, MS, OTR/L

From:
Long Island, NY

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh, Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Graduate: Hofstra University, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Certification:
Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Licensed by the state of Connecticut, Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certified.

Experience:
I have experience working with individuals of all ages in a variety of practice areas including outpatient, inpatient, school-based, and community health settings. I have worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, feeding difficulties, sensory processing difficulties, and behavioral difficulties. I am passionate about supporting children with diverse abilities in achieving their maximum functional potential through their primary occupation of play. My goal is to provide families with care that is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. I am so excited to be joining the KidSense family!

Zoe Tarca, OT

From:
Hebron, CT

Education:
B.S in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME
M.S in Occupational Therapy from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY

Certification:
Licensed by State of CT in Occupational Therapy
Certified by National Board for Certification in OT (NBCOT)
Member of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

Experience:
I have been practicing occupational therapy (OT) since 2019. I have had the opportunity to gain experience as a practitioner in a variety of settings, with individuals across the lifespan. I have experience providing services within school systems, outpatient settings, and the home environment, which speaks to part of the reason why I love OT - there are endless opportunities to help individuals live their best life! I fell in love with pediatric OT during my time spent working as a paraprofessional, within a specialized school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related conditions. I was introduced to the field of OT during this time, and was able to observe the comprehensive value that occupational therapy brought to the lives of the children I worked with, as well as their families. I am so excited to build upon my knowledge as an OT, through continuing education courses and hands-on experience while prioritizing evidence-based, family-centered care through a holistic lense.

Contact:
Email Zoe: [email protected]

Allyson Charette, OTR/L

Allyson Charette, OTR/L

From:
Woodbury, CT

Education:
Quinnipiac University, Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science Studies, Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy

Certification:
Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Licensed by the State of Connecticut in Occupational Therapy, Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), CPR certified

Experience:
I have experience in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, mental health practice, and subacute rehabilitation. I fell in love with pediatric occupational therapy during my Level II Fieldwork placement in a specialized school setting where I worked with children with developmental delays, neurological impairments, orthopedic conditions, genetic disorders, sensory processing difficulties, cognitive challenges, and behavioral challenges. My favorite part of working in pediatrics is helping the clients I work with to learn, grow, and improve their quality of life through their primary occupation of play. Nothing gives me more joy than to help my clients to accomplish their goals and increase their functional independence in their meaningful occupations! I am passionate about the profession of Occupational Therapy, and I strive to provide client-centered, collaborative, evidence-based, and holistic intervention to help my clients improve their quality of life.

Contact:
Email Allyson: [email protected]

Kristen Mourao, OT

From:
Seymour, Connecticut

Education:
BS, Exercise Science - Sacred Heart University & MS, Occupational Therapy - Sacred Heart University

Certification:
Licensed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (Occupational Therapist), Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Pediatric BLS & CPR Certified

Experience:
I have experience working in pediatrics both in outpatient and school-based settings (K-8). I have worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, OHI-ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, sensory processing difficulties, and learning disabilities. I love being an occupational therapist (OT)! As an OT, I am able to create an environment where the child is motivated by their own interests to grow and succeed. I strive to provide evidence-based practice and use a collaborative approach with both the child and parent, as well as other members of the rehabilitation team.

Contact:
Email Kristen: [email protected]

Lindsay Johnson, MS, OTR/L

From:
Voorheesville, NY

Education:
Sacred Heart University, Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Biology and Master’s Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy

Certification:
NBCOT Board Certified in Occupational Therapy, Licensed by the State of CT, Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), CPR Certified, Adjunct Faculty at Sacred Heart University Department of Occupational Therapy

Experience:
As a former professional ballerina and singer/dancer on cruise lines that traveled the world, I knew a desk job wasn’t for me! Occupational Therapy is the ideal intersection of scientific processes and creative intervention, and working in pediatrics means that I get to PLAY for a living (the primary occupation of childhood!). I love to include rhythmic movement and music in my treatment, and can often be heard teaching, “The Sock Song.” My 6+ years of experience in the field have been versatile including rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity prior to finding my niche in pediatrics, where I have treated primarily in the clinic setting but also in school-based and Birth to Three settings. Areas of specialty include Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening, treatment of Feeding/Eating dysfunction, and Splinting. I have three children of my own and am inspired daily by developmental processes and the role I can play in facilitating increased skills, independence, problem-solving, and self-esteem. It is a privilege to support children of all abilities to find their strengths and engage in meaningful activities! I love being an OT!

Contact:
Email Lindsay: [email protected]

Vanessa Fiorelli, COTA/L

From:
Derby, CT

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Psychology, Associates Degree in Applied Science for Occupational Therapy

Certification:
Certified by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Experience:
Since 2017, I've had the privilege of working in the field of occupational therapy in both clinical and school-based environments. It has been extremely rewarding and full of positive experiences thus far as a result of working with children with varying diagnoses. While taking the lead on both individual and group based therapy, I've had the pleasure of aiding children with learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and TBI. Independence in daily life is the goal for each of my clients, which is why I place major emphasis on collaborating with parents and other professionals to ensure transition of learned skill sets from the classroom to other daily environments. Witnessing my clients’ journey in achieving skills that maximize their functional independence and in turn, experience a higher quality of life, serve as a positive reminder of why I chose this profession. Continuous learning is also a top priority as I am always looking for ways to improve my methods or implement breakthrough evidence-based research.

Contact:
Email Vanessa: [email protected]

Dena Riccio, OTR/L

From:
Newtown, CT

Education:
University of Scranton

Certification:
Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy, Vision Therapy

Experience:
Experience in birth23, vision rehab, Parkinson’s, neuro-rehabilitation, skilled nursing and animal-assisted therapy.

Fun fact, I have a guinea pig who I trained to be a therapy animal, his name is Waffles!

Contact:
Email Dena: [email protected]

Aimee R. Chappa OTR/L

From:
Oxford, CT

Education:
1993 Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy University of New England, Biddeford ME

Certification:
Handwriting Without Tears Pre-K and Handwriting programs
The Therapeutic Listening Program
Advanced Therapeutic Listening Program
Astronaut Training Protocol

Experience:
Over 21 years working in a variety of pediatric settings throughout Connecticut; Inpatient Hospitals, Public Schools, and Outplacement settings ages 3 through 21. Experienced with conditions and diagnosis such as Autism, CP, TBI, Sickle Cell Anemia, Sensory processing disorders, Behavioral Issues, Difficulties with fine motor skills and handwriting.

Email Aimee: [email protected]

Alyssa Pearce, OTR/L

From:
Long Island, New York

Education:
Sacred Heart University, Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science, minor in Psychology and Master’s Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy

Certification:
Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy, Certified by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), CPR Certified

Experience:
I have experience working with pediatrics in both clinical and school-based settings. I was fortunate enough to do my Level II fieldwork at KidSense during graduate school and am so excited to continue my OT journey here! I have experience working with children with sensory processing difficulties, learning disabilities, Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, ADD/ADHD, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. I love incorporating the child’s interests into treatment sessions and aim to find creative, fun ways to work on skills that they are having difficulty with. Working at KidSense allows me to collaborate with families and other professionals to allow for communication and carryover of skills learned!

Email Alyssa: [email protected]

Ashley Kloss, MS, OTR/L

From:
Watertown, CT

Education:
Springfield College, Bachelor’s degree in Science and Master’s degree in Science

Certification:
CPR certified, Certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapist (NBCOT), Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy

Experience:
I have been an occupational therapist since 2017. During Graduate school I completed my Level II fieldwork at KidSense Therapy group and fell in love with Pediatric occupational therapy and all of the people here. I also have experience working in school-based therapy and older adult rehabilitation.

Contact:
Email Ashley: [email protected]

Physical Therapists

Caline Gin, PT, DPT

From:
Queens, New York

Education:
Undergraduate: University of Hartford, Bachelor of Science Pre-Physical Therapy
Graduate: University of Hartford, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Certification:
Certified by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), Licensed Physical Therapist by the State of Connecticut and New York, Certified in Pediatric and Adult CPR and First Aid, Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Experience:
Throughout my schooling, I was fortunate enough to gain clinical experiences in outpatient facilities, skilled nursing homes, and within the school systems. My doctoral research studied the effects of postural devices on the muscle recruitment patterns in children with CP. I’ve worked with the geriatric and pediatric populations treating various injuries including orthopedic injuries, developmental delays, coordination disorders, and neurological impairments. When working with patients, I like to take a holistic approach in my treatments, collaborate with my patients and families, and apply the most recent evidence-based practices to increase the functional abilities of my patients.

Contact:
Email Caline: [email protected]

Mental Health Counselors

Hugo Cruz, LPC

From:
Bridgeport, CT

Education:
M.S. Professional Clinical Counseling with a focus in Mental Health from Central Connecticut State University

Certification:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Experience:
I have worked in a variety of settings with different populations in CT. Most recently, I have been supervising a treatment program for families throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Most of my experience has been working with children and their families through various treatment modalities to create and achieve their treatment goals!

Contact:
Email Hugo: [email protected]

Christine Blanchet, LCSW

From:
Fair Lawn, New Jersey

Education:
Undergraduate: Rutgers University, Bachelor’s of Social Work
Graduate: Rutgers School of Social Work, Master of Social Work.

Certification:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker

Experience:
I’ve been working as a social worker since 2007 in hospitals and both private and public schools. While I have worked with clients throughout the lifespan, my primary area of focus is on children/adolescents and their families. My experience includes working with children who have social skills challenges, difficulty self-regulating, those experiencing anxiety and/or depression, as well as children going through family transitions like divorce, family illness or death. I also have extensive experience working with children with physical disabilities and their families.

Some of my special interests as a clinical social worker include play therapy, mindfulness, and supporting children through grief.

Contact:
Email Christine: [email protected]

Melissa Elam, M.A.A.T, LPC

Melissa Elam, M.A.A.T, LPC

From:
Milford, CT

Education:
Masters of Art in Mental Health Counseling , M.A.A.T Graduated in 2003 from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven CT. I received a B.A from University of New Haven, CT 1992.

Certification:
Licensed Professional Counselor, L.P.C

Experience:
I have worked in the field of Mental Health Counseling for over 9 years. Mental Health Counselors are professionals trained in both art and therapy. I have experience with a wide variety of agencies and people. I have worked with children and adolescents in juvenile detention centers and extended day treatment programs and I was fortunate to have helped 9-11 families deal with loss using the art process. My most recent work was outpatient therapy at Bridges in Milford. I believe that the creative process involved in the art-making process is healing and life-enhancing.

Contact:
Email Melissa: [email protected]

Marketing Manager

Sara North

From:
Fairfield, CT

Education:
Bachelor of Business Administration, Loyola College in Maryland

Experience:
After graduating from Loyola College, I worked for many years in Conference Planning and Event Management, heavy in Marketing and Communications. I took a hiatus from the working world to focus on and spend time with my husband and three amazing children. During that time I volunteered in my community and took on leadership roles in the PTA. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at KidSense and be a part of all that they do for local families.

Contact:
Email Sara: [email protected]

Administrative Manager

Amber Favulli

From:
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Education:
Bachelor's degree in Education and Art, Worcester State University

Experience:
After graduating from college, I worked in the public school system in Massachusetts. My husband and I decided we need a change of scenery and moved to Connecticut. I was lucky enough to start at KidSense and join the billing department. Working with insurance is never "fun", but I love being able to advocate for our families and help them get the coverage they deserve.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, husband, and two dogs, Stanley and Bunker.

Contact:
[email protected]

Client Care Coordinators

Tanya Dickervitz

Contact:
Email Tanya: [email protected]

Front Desk Coordinators

Tanisha Abrams

Contact:
Email Tanisha: [email protected]

Joshua Levin

From:
East Haven, Connecticut

Education:
Central Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Arts in social work

Experience:
Over the course of my studies at CCSU I gained great experience working with diverse groups of people including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, young adults transitioning out of DCF care, and elderly individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. I also have experience conducting legislative research and advocacy, story collection, and community outreach as they relate to health care access and quality.

Contact:
Email Josh: [email protected]

Billing Specialists

Erin Greene

From:
Wallingford, CT

Experience:
I’ve been working with children from infants to teenagers in the daycare setting for the last ten years. During that time I spent three years as a childcare administrative assistant. Working with and around children has shaped my life into something I can be proud of! When not working I love spending time with my two dogs and traveling to explore places I've never been with friends!

Contact:
[email protected]

Colleen Rooney

From:
Orange, CT

Education:
BS in English from Sacred Heart University

Experience:
I have worn a few different hats since graduating college 100 years ago. I started out as a Communications Specialist for a National Investment Firm. I then moved on to be the Assistant Alumni Director at Sacred Heart University.

After a couple of years. I entered the Market Research world and worked for a Global Data Provider Company. I had two children during this time and realized I longed to be with them more. After many years, I decided to leave my long-standing position as a Partnership Manager and went into full-time mom mode. My new role as a mom eventually opened a door for me to work at my daughter’s preschool as a part-time Teachers’ Aide. I quickly realized I loved being around children with their energy and contagious laughter!

Another opportunity arose when I was offered a job at KidSense. I jumped at the chance and am beyond grateful to be working with this amazing group of therapists and staff who I consider my second family

Aside from work, I love spending time with family and friends and my fur baby, Murphy.

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