Tracy Greer, DOT, MS, OTR/L is the Director of Exceptional Children’s Center.. She graduated from Temple University in August 2009 earning a Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in sensory integration. While at Temple, Tracy became certified to perform the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test also known as the SIPT. Prior to completing her Doctorate she earned her Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1998. Tracy has a variety of work experience that includes work with adults and children. She opened her own private practice in 2005. Tracy has taken a number of continuing education courses that include extensive training in sensory integration theory and practice, a variety of auditory based interventions that include Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), therapeutic listening, REI or rhythmic entrainment and Berard Auditory Integration Training. She also has training in Astronaut Training, Handwriting Without Tears and Interactive Metronome.
Meagan Opstal, MS, OTR/L, Lead Therapist, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in April 2010. Meagan initially received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary before earning her Master's degree for Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she performed research in the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation Lab to study the physiological components of Sensory Processing Disorder. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening Program and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs). Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association and Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.
Josette Sandvik, COTA/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center in August of 2007. Josette graduated in 1999 with her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. Her focus on training since graduating has been concentrated in pediatrics using a sensory integrative approach. She is trained in cranial sacral therapy, interactive metronome, handwriting without tears, therapeutic listening and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).
Alyson Maldonado M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in July 2011. In 2004 Alyson earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences Disorders from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and in 2006 earned a Master's degree in the same area. While at UCF she completed a pediatric internship at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida and an adult internship with Bayfront Medical Center's Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. She holds licenses in Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and Florida and has received certification and training in the Debra Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is a DREAM-qualified SLP through DynaVox.. For 3 years she worked with school aged children at a Therapeutic Day School for Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and was part of a grant program working with adults in an Adult Day Program. She also has experience as a School Based SLP. Alyson hopes to complete training and certification in PROMPT and SOS treatment approaches within the next year. Professional memberships include: American Speech Langauge and Hearing Association (ASHA) and ASHA's Special Interest Group for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Elizabeth Allen, MOTR/L, Lead Therapist, joined the staff of Exceptional Children’s center in January 2012. Elizabeth initially received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in health studies and occupational studies from James Madison University (JMU) before earning her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from James Madison University. While at JMU, she performed research on sensory integration theory related to nuero-plasticity. She is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears, Integrative Listening Systems (iLs) and has experience and training utilizing the DIR floortime model.
Sara Pritt, MS,OTR/L, joined the staff of Exceptional Children's Center in July of 2011. Sara initially received her bachelors in Health Science with a concentration in health and occupational studies from James Madison University in 2006, before returning to JMU to earn her masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2009. Sara worked in a sensory based pediatric therapy clinic during her affiliation in graduate school and worked for almost 2 years at National Rehabilitation Hospital in adult acute rehab, before joining our practice. She is currently trained in Handwriting Without Tears and Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).
Amy Fehr, MS, OTR/L, Lead Therapist, joined the staff of Exceptional Children’s Center in April 2011. Amy initially received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) where she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Child Neuropsychology Lab. Amy’s undergraduate research focused on executive functioning skills in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). After graduating from SIUC, Amy received her Master’s of Science degree for Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis- School of Medicine (WUSTL). While at WUSTL, Amy performed research in the autism lab and collaborated with an Otolaryngologist (ENT) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to study executive functioning and academic achievement in children with unilateral hearing loss. She is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) program, and has completed the basic training to utilize the Greenspan DIR Model and Floortime approach for treatment. Amy is also trained in the SOS Approach for feeding therapy, which includes treatment for young children (ages 12 months to 6 years), school-aged children (children over 6 years of age), children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and children with a history of reflux. Professional memberships include: American Occupational Therapy Association.
Kelly Roper, M.S., CCC-SLP, joined the staff at Exceptional Children's Center as a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in April 2012. In 2008 Kelly earned a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Iowa and in 2010 earned a Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Rockhurst University. While at Rockhurst University she gained pediatric speech-language pathology experience in several settings that include a school, a nonprofit clinic, a private practice, and early intervention. Following graduation, Kelly completed her Clinical Fellowship Year providing early intervention speech-language services in Chicago, IL.
Elena Pickford, MS, OTR/L, joined the staff at Exceptional Children’s Center in February of 2011 after completing two fieldwork placements as an OT student at ECC. She graduated from Shenandoah University with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Elena previously earned an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting and worked as an LPTA for several years before staying at home to raise her children. She spent 13 years as a family childcare provider and was the first in the DC metro area to earn the Child Development Associate credential from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears program and is a trained provider of Integrative Listening Systems (iLs).
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