KidSense employs excellent experienced and licensed Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Art Therapists and Physical Therapists

 

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 speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, social-cognitive therapy, and behavioral health support; including art therapy and 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 cranial sacral and art therapy.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact us at 203-874-5437.

Meet Our Team

Owners

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), Licensed by the State of Connecticut, Handwriting specialist formally trained in Handwriting Wthout Tears, CPR Certified

Experience:

I have over 14 years experience in the occupational therapy field in a variety of settings. I have worked both in the clinical and school settings. In the school setting I worked individually with children in a private special education environment. Within my duties at the school I created and implemented functional IEP goals and objectives and provided parent training to ensure carry over of learned skills. I have advanced training in providing torticollis intervention, integration of primitive reflexes and vision retraining. Given my varied experience, I have a vast knowledge base for treating my clients. I specialize in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as Sensory Integration Disorder. I endeavor to help each child I treat gain the independence to live life to their maximum potential.

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 pathologist specializing in pediatrics for 15 years. In addition to my many years clinical experience, I have worked within school districts, 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® program. I believe Social Thinking® touches upon all aspects of life and it is important to understand how to utilize these skills appropriately to navigate the social environment.

Occupational Therapists

Guinevere Olson, MOT, OTR/L

From:

Ann Arbor, MI

Education:

Eastern Michigan University, Bachelor's degree in Science and Master's degree in Occupational Therapy

Certification:

Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy, Trained in Manual Therapy including: cranial sacral, myofacial release, and visceral mobilization. Also trained in sensory integration, NDT and reflex integration.

Experience:

I have been an OT since 2005. I began my career in home care working with adults and children. I worked at Boulder Community Hospital for over 5 years until we moved to Connecticut. Before starting at KidSense, I worked in a school environment and gained the knowledge of how the school system works. It furthered my ability to assist parents in getting the best results for school, home and at KidSense.

Claudine O’Donnell, COTA/L

From:

Fall River, MA

Education:

Housatonic Community College, Associates degree in Occupational Therapy

Certification:

NBCOT Board Certified in Occupational Therapy, Licensed by the State of CT, Handwriting Without Tears, CPR certified

Experience:

I have experience in working in both clinical and school based settings. This allows me to work closely with parents to ensure the child is getting the full benefits of occupational therapy to help them have success in and out of school. I continue to attend seminars and study research in my field to stay on the cutting edge of the latest treatment approaches. I am familiar with the IEP process and am able to assist families in navigating the system. I have extensive background and experience working with children with severe sensory needs.

Jaime Hoyle, OTR/L

From:

Ansonia, CT

Education:

Quinnipiac University, B.S. in Occupational Therapy

Certification:

CPR certified, Certified by National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy, Completed multiple continuing education classes in sensory motor development, special education and feeding/oral motor skills.

Experience:

I have over 12 years experience in the area of occupational therapy and have worked in multiple settings. I have experience in pediatric outpatient care, school-based therapy and older adult rehabilitation. I have worked with children with a variant of concerns including sensory, motor delays, oral motor issues, children with Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, mental health issues, developmental delays and learning disabilities. I have significant experience developing treatment programs for children in both school and medical based settings. I take pleasure in working with my clients to help them function in their daily environments to their maximum potential. I work hard to educate parents and other professionals working with my clients on how to achieve carry-over of the child's skills across all settings.

Kaitlynn Ferraro, MS, OTR/L

From:

Branford, CT

Education:

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

Certification:

Licensed by State of CT Occupational Therapy

Experience:

I have been an occupational therapist since 2016. I began my career here at Kidsense Therapy, and at Derby Public Schools, allowing me to gain experience in both the clinical and school settings.

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.

Speech Language Pathologists

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, CT Department of Public Health. Certified Initial Educator by CT Department of Education.

Experience:

I have experience working in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, private clinic and educational. I am comfortable providing services in both one to one and group sessions. I have led aphasia groups in addition to social skills groups. I have provided in-service training on dysphagia to nursing staff. I 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 lot of experience with children who need therapy for articulation, receptive/expressive language, auditory processing, pragmatics, and swallowing. I also provide parent support and education to ensure successful achievement of functional goals. I enjoy using a variety of materials in my sessions, being sure that the resources are relevant and motivating to the child. The focus of my therapy is mainly based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking® Curriculum and I am constantly finding ways to implement it more into my everyday therapies.

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!

Ashley Fimian, M.S., CCC-SLP

From:

Monroe, CT

Education:

Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
B.A.Communication Disorders and Psycholinguistics
Graduate: Southern Connecticut State University
M.S. Communication Disorders

Certification:

Certified member of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Licensed SLP, CT Department of Public Health. Certified Provisional Educator by CT Department of Education. Trained in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication

Experience:

I have experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient health services, private clinic and educational institutions. I currently work at a public elementary school full time, servicing children in grades kindergarten through 6th grade, with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, social/pragmatic deficits, ADD/ADHD, and hearing impairment. I attend workshops to stay current on therapy techniques, and enjoy using technology within sessions to supplement learning. Additionally, I am familiar with using and troubleshooting a variety of Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

Ashley Sims, M.S. CCC-SLP

From:

North Haven, 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 Provisional Educator by the Connecticut Department of Education, Licensed SLP by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Experience:

I have 4 years of experience working in public school systems with a team implementing IEPs and attending PPTs in addition to providing services in both one-on-one and group settings. I have worked with kids of all ages, toddlers to high school. I have experience and training with the autism and deaf/hard of hearing population (hearing aid and cochlear implant clients) specifically utilizing the Listening and Spoken Language strategies. The best part of my job is watching the children make progress towards their goals and seeing the light in their eyes when they understand a concept!

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

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.

Physical Therapists

Carole Sussi, PT, C/NDT

From:

Lancaster, PA

Education:

Undergraduate: Springfield College, Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education.
Graduate: University of Pennsylvania, Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy; Springfield College, 30 graduate credits in Corrective and Adaptive Physical Education.

Certification:

Licensed to practice Physical Therapy by the state of Connecticut, and by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment. Advanced training in baby treatment, management of the lower extremities, torticollis, and kineseotaping. Certified in CPR and in First Aid. Member of the APTA, Pediatric Section; the Connecticut PTA; and the NDT Association

Experience:

I have over 45 years of experience in pediatric Physical Therapy. I have worked with children in a variety of settings. My most recent position was serving babies, birth to three, through Early Intervention Services in Lancaster County, PA. I had the privilege of meeting families in their homes and in an array of community environments. My favorite assignment was to work with Amish children on their farms! Before moving to Lancaster, I lived on Long Island for about 20 years. During my time there, I worked for several agencies, and then developed a private therapy practice. As “Long Island Pediatric Physical Therapy, PC”, we treated children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. We also contracted for services in a number of school systems. I have experience teaching workshops for pediatric therapists, and I continue to actively pursue ongoing education for myself.

Art Therapists

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

From:

Milford, CT

Education:

Masters of Art in Art Therapy , 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 Art Therapy for over 9 years. Art Therapists 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.

Sarah Osterberg

From:

Westport, Connecticut

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Drew University
Masters of Art in Art Therapy M.A.A.T from Albertus Magnus College

Certification:

Licensed Professional Counselor, L.P.C eligible

Experience:

My experience ranges from working with Veterans dealing with PTSD and substance abuse to working on a locked, inpatient psychiatric unit with clients that had an array of mental illnesses. I have worked in both group settings and individual settings. I am always there to provide familial support and appreciate being able to collaborate with other professionals in order to provide the best possible treatment plan for my clients. I am passionate the healing nature that the art process provides, as well as being able to utilize the art a nonverbal means of communication without interference from the ego defenses.

A Little More About Me: I am an avid hiker, pizza enthusiast, and love all dogs (especially my golden retriever, Duffy).

Office Staff

KidSense would not survive without our amazing office administrators

Tanya Dickervitz and Lily O’Donnell