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.

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.

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 8 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 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.

Speech Language Pathologists

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.

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.

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 evidenced-based research for the pediatric population.

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!

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.

Occupational Therapists

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

Ashley Kloss, MS, OTR/L

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.

Mental Health Counselors

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.

Client Care Coordinators

KidSense would not survive without our amazing office administrators

Colleen Rooney

Amber Favulli

Tanya Dickervitz