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We are pleased to have assembled such a wonderful group of experienced, talented and energenic therapists.

Since our founding, Skill Builders has taken exceptional pride in supporting our staff members' continuing professional educational development and access to the latest research materials. The commitment we share with our therapists enables them to provide your family the best care possible!

Click the names below to read about the people that make Skill Builders such an outstanding clinic.

 
         
 
 

Speech Language Pathologists

Director:  Carolyn J. Syron, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistant Director:  Jane M. Bomba, MS, CCC-SLP

Melissa Adler, MCD CCC-SLP
Julie Aills, MA CCC-SLP
Fern Andraos, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Magdalena Brier, MA CCC-SLP
Amy Bereiter, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP
Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP
Amanda DeAngelis, MA CCC-SLP
Pamela Kugelman-Ryan, MS, CCC-SLP
Michael P. Lemieux, MS, CCC-SLP
Katherine Menzie, MS, CCC-SLP
Amanda C. Miller, MA, CCC-SLP
Melissa Plummer, MA, CCC-SLP
Amanda Sutton, MA, CCC-SLP

Educational Specialists

Kate Maholchic, M. Ed.

 
 
 

Occupational Therapists

           


Deborah A. L. Barbara, OTR/L, c-SIPT
Prerna Basnet, MOT, OTR/L
Julie Carper, MS, OTR/L
Jennifer Laun, OTR/L
Lindsay Mora, MS, OTR/L, c-SIPT
Cassandra Hawkins, MS, OTR/L
Judy T. McCallum, MS, OTR/L
Lauren R. Mazel, MS, OTR/L
Beth S. Rosenberg, MS, OTR/L
Este Sherwin, MA OTR/L
Sarah Spicer, MOT, OTR/L

 

Office Staff

Jackie Kharpran
Holly Smith

 
 
         
 
Speech Language Pathologists

Cari Syron, MA CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology


Cari received her Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from State University of New York at Geneseo, and received her Master’s degree at George Washington University. She has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with apraxia, down syndrome, oral motor dysfunction, auditory processing disorders, and general language and speech delay. She especially enjoys working with young children in a cotreatment model with occupational therapists.

Her experience working in the public schools as well as a private school for children with learning disabilities and emotional disturbance, has proved invaluable in helping the parents of her patients navigate the special education maze and obtain the most appropriate services available for their child. Mrs. Syron often attends IEP meetings, serving as an advocate for the children on her caseload.

Mrs. Syron has participated in many specific training programs including PROMPT, Beckman Oral Motor, Sara Rosenfeld-Johnson’s oral motor system, Verbal Behavior, Wilson Reading Program, Hanen, and Lindamood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing program. As a graduate student in speech pathology, she also acted as an ABA therapist for a 3-year-old boy with severe autism. In addition to providing the above therapy types, Mrs. Syron is also a Fast Forward provider, a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) and the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice speech therapy in the state of Virginia.

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Jane M. Bomba, MS, CCC-SLP
Assistant Director of Speech-Language Pathology


Jane received her Bachelor's degree in communication disorders from The University of Wisconsin - Madison and received her Master's degree in speech and hearing sciences at The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Jane has worked at Skill Builders since 2008, and she also has experience in schools and in early intervention.

Jane specializes in the assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She has completed the Introduction to PROMPT and Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention workshops. Ms. Bomba also has participated in workshops with CAS expert David Hammer, M.A. CCC-SLP. She is experienced in the use of the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Jane has also completed training in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and is well versed in the use of oral placement therapy (OPT).

Additionally, Jane has extensive experience and specialized training in the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems, including low tech systems (such as the Picture Exchange Communication System) and high tech systems (including SFY, WFL, and electronic PODD). Jane is a LAMP Certified Professional (LCP). She feels that giving non- and pre-verbal children a way to communicate is the most rewarding part of her job. Jane is available for AAC evaluations for current and new clients.

Ms. Bomba also treats toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children who present with articulation and phonological disorders, cleft palate, language and speech delays/disorders, auditory processing disorder, developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. Jane has completed training in The DIR-Floortime Model, The Affect-Based Language Curriculum, and The Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Winner Garcia.

Jane is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech therapy in the state of Virginia.

Jane is available for speech and language screening, consultations, assessments, and therapy. She is also available to work with your child's other team members (including school and other private therapists, behavioral therapists, teachers) in order to develop and maintain the most comprehensive treatment.

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Melissa Adler, MCD, CCC-SLP

Melissa is originally from McDonough, GA. She moved to Northern Virginia in January 2017 from Savannah, GA, where she lived after graduating college. She received both her Bachelor’s degree and her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Auburn University. Melissa has experience working with children with a variety of developmental disabilities in the areas of oral motor, apraxia of speech, augmentative and alternative communication, articulation, and language in the private practice setting. She has been formally trained in the Beckman Oral Motor, Talk Tools, PROMPT and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapy approaches. Melissa has experience working in a multidisciplinary private practice where she collaborated with occupational and physical therapists to implement sensory integration strategies and determine how to meet the physical needs of children (e.g., appropriate seating and adaptive equipment). She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and helping them reach their fullest potential.

Melissa holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the states of Georgia and Virginia.

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Julie Aills, MA, CCC-SLP

Julie received her Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) with a major in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University (GWU). She has experience working with pediatric populations ranging from early intervention through high school aged children in both a private practice and the public school setting. Julie is proficient in American Sign Language (ASL) and has conducted therapy sessions in ASL and English. She has experience working with children with a variety of needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, Down syndrome, hearing loss, fluency disorders, Fragile X, and Intellectual Disability. She also has experience working with various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems, including PECS, Communication Passports, iPad, picture boards, DynaVox devices, and Tobii devices using eye gaze technology.

Julie believes in a client-centered approach, using a variety of techniques and intervention approaches tailored to the specific needs of each individual. She has participated in various trainings, including PROMPT, social skills, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Cochlear Implant and Music workshop. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech pathology in the state of Virginia.

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Fern Andraos, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Fern received both her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Virginia. She began her speech pathology career working in Fairfax County Public Schools and has an extensive understanding of the Virginia public school special education system and IEP process. She has been working the private sector ever since and loves the one-on-one connections she makes with clients and their families. She has experience in providing therapy to children with a variety of needs including intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, feeding disorders, apraxia, fluency disorders, learning disabilities, and articulation and language disorders.

Fern treats the “whole child” and uses a holistic approach taken from each of the trainings she has attended. She has received specific training in many areas including American Sign Language, Hanen, PROMPT, Yaruss’ “Young Children who Stutter: Helping Parents help their Children, “Feeding the Whole Child: A Mealtime Approach,” “Motivating Children with Autism to Speak: Incorporating ABA Principles to Build Functional Communication,” “Solving the Puzzle of Autism: Tactile Therapy,” Beckman Oral Motor, Rosenfeld-Johnson Oral Placement Therapy, and Kaufman’s “Establishing Effective Verbal Skills for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”

Fern is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV). She is licensed to practice speech-language therapy in the state of Virginia and in the District of Columbia.

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Amy Bereiter, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP

Amy received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Redlands.  She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2004, working with toddlers through young adults. She has worked in a wide range of settings, including in-home early intervention, early childhood special education, elementary school self-contained programs, pediatric rehabilitation units, university clinic, and private practice. Prior to relocating to Virginia, Amy was a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the speech-language pathology graduate program at Northern Illinois University.

Amy specializes in Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC), and is a LAMP Certified Professional. She taught a graduate course on AAC and has extensive experience evaluating and implementing AAC for individuals with a variety of diagnoses. Amy has presented on language development in AAC users at many local and regional conferences.  She especially enjoys training parents and families to incorporate AAC into daily routines, and has led parent support groups specifically on this topic.  In addition, Amy has experience treating severe speech sound disorders and language disorders in children with a variety of diagnoses.

Amy is an active member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Her involvement with ASHA includes serving on its Special Interest Group 12 (AAC) Professional Development Committee. She is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Virginia and Maryland.

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Magdalena Brier, MA, CCC-SLP

Magdalena received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver. She worked for a number of years on various research projects and contributed to the research and analysis of the development of language, speech, cognition and the social-emotional development of abused and neglected children, children with seizure disorders, stroke and cystic fibrosis. She received her Master's in Communication Science Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to Skillbuilders, Magdalena worked with children at a pediatric rehabilitation hospital outpatient clinic in Pittsburgh where she worked with a variety of children presenting with a variety of disorders and syndromes including Rett Syndrome, Reactive Attachment Disorder, ASD, Down Syndrome, William Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome. Magdalena enjoys taking a holistic approach to therapy and treating the child and family as a whole unit. Her interests are in Assisted and Augmentative Communication and language processing disorders. Magdalena has completed the PROMPT level 1 training. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and a licensed speech pathologist in the state of Virginia.

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Elizabeth Clark McKenzie, MS, CCC-SLP

Elizabeth has been a member of the Skill Builders team since 2009. She grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University, after earning a Bachelors degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of South Carolina. While pursuing her degrees, Elizabeth gained experience in both private practice and medical settings focusing primarily on children ages birth to five. Elizabeth specializes in early language development, and has a passion for guiding parents through the process of early intervention. She has experience with a variety of diagnoses including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Down Syndrome, William's Syndrome, Rett's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome,Tuberous Sclerosis, hearing impairment, oral motor dysfunction, and swallowing disorders. Additionally, Elizabeth enjoys working with new parents on infant feeding skills, including transitioning from breast to bottle, and introducing solid foods. 

Elizabeth uses a holistic approach to working with children and has participated in various trainings including: the PROMPT method, the DIR-Floortime model, Applied Behavior Analysis, Beckman Oral Motor, The Affect-Based Language Curriculum, LAMP, Sara Rosenfeld Johnson's Oral Motor Approach, and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum, as well as several feeding intervention approaches. She loves working in a private setting because it allows her to build strong relationships with the families she serves, and she takes pride in tailoring her treatment plans to each individual client. In addition to being a full-time therapist, Elizabeth directs a therapeutic dance program for children, which focuses on body awareness, self-regulation, motor-control, and participation in a group. Elizabeth is a member of ASHA and is licensed to practice speech-language pathology in Virginia. When she is not at work, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with her husband and daughter. 

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Amanda DeAngelis, MA, CCC-SLP

Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from New York University (NYU) and her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University (GWU). Amanda has experience working with pediatric populations with various needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation delays, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Fragile X, Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome and Intellectual Disability. She also has experience working in both a private and public school setting, conducting individual and group therapy, and working through the IEP process. Amanda is fluent in Spanish and has conducted bilingual meetings and therapy sessions, as needed. She has participated in various trainings, including PROMPT, social skills, and Autism workshops.

Amanda is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice speech pathology in the state of Virginia.

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Pamela Kugelman-Ryan, MS Ed. CCC-SLP

Pam is originally from the Hudson Valley area in New York. She received her Bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology at the State University of New York New Paltz and received her Masters degree in Communication Disorders at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York. Pam also earned an Endorsement degree in Education Administration at the University of Virginia.


Pam began her career at a private school in New York that specialized in educating students with special needs, primarily autism spectrum disorders. She then began working in her hometown school district servicing children with a variety of speech and language disorders including stuttering, Down syndrome, autism, auditory processing, articulation, language, and mental retardation. In addition to working part time for Skill Builders, Pam is currently a full time employee of the Fairfax County Public School System. She has received specialty training in many areas including PROMPT and ABA and is an Interactive Metronome certified provider.


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Michael P. Lemieux, MS CCC-SLP

Michael is originally from northern New England. He received his Bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from George Mason University. He worked in a variety of adult rehabilitation programs in Fairfax County and New Hampshire, before spending 8 years working in early intervention and early childhood education programs. He received his Master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire and later a Master’s Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch College New England. He worked in rural New Hampshire and Vermont schools for 7 years and at a private Floortime-based practice in Bethesda, MD for 3 years. He has extensive experience working with children on the autism spectrum as well as children with apraxia, oral motor dysfunction, sensory-motor and behavioral pediactric feeding issues, auditory processing disorders, fluency, and general language and speech delay.  He also has experience with augmentative and alternative communication systems and in developing social stories, power cards and job cards. He especially enjoys working with young children in a co-treatment model with occupational therapists and facilitating social groups. Michael often attends IEP meetings, serving as an advocate for the children on his caseload.


Michael has participated in many specific training programs including Therapeutic Listening; Picky Eaters and Problem Feeders: The SOS Approach to Feeding; Feeding the Whole Child; Craniosacral Therapy I; PROMPT; Beckman Oral Motor; Boshart Oral Motor; Sara-Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor; MORE Oral Motor; Strand Oral Motor; Greenspan’s Floortime and Affect Based Language Curriculum; Levine’s School’s Attuned; Prizant’s SCERTS; Hanen Program; Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Hodgdon Visual Strategies; Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing Program (LIPs) and Visualizing & Verbalizing (V&V) Program;  Hodson Phonology Cycles Approach; and Narrative Development. He is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice speech therapy in the states of Virginia, Maryland, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C.


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Katherine Menzie, MS, CF-SLP

Katie received both her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University. She has experience working with children of a variety of ages in both the private practice and early intervention settings. She enjoys working in multidisciplinary settings including with occupational therapists, classroom teachers, and early educators. Katie has experience working with pediatric populations with various needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, articulation delays, and general expressive/receptive language delays and disorders. Katie enjoys implementing a holistic approach to therapy, using a variety of treatment methods to best fit the child and family’s needs.

In addition to all of the informal trainings she has received, Katie has also attended many formal trainings in programs such as the PROMPT technique, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Social Thinking, and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Katie is a full time therapist at Skill Builders and is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the state of Virginia.

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Amanda C. Miller, MA, CCC-SLP

Amanda is a part-time Speech-Language Pathologist for Skill Builders. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Amanda initially became interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology when her mother suffered a stroke at a young age. Amanda has observed firsthand the impact of a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation and believes in working closely with other professionals to help clients achieve their goals.

Amanda has experience working with pediatric populations with various needs, including children with articulation, fluency and language disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE syndrome, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. She enjoys providing intervention services for articulation, oral language, reading comprehension, social communication, and supporting children with complex communication needs in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Amanda has experience working in private and public school settings, as she has conducted individual and group therapy and push-in (classroom-based) services, and participated as a member of the IEP team and local screening committee for determining special education eligibility.

Amanda possesses a Certificate in Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is licensed to practice Speech-Language Pathology in the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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Melissa Plummer, MS, CCC-SLP

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in Psychology and her Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University.  She has experience in providing therapy to children with a variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental disabilities, general speech and language delays, apraxia, etc... Melissa has also provided treatment in a variety of settings including home, school, and private practice. She also has experience collaborating with occupational therapists and implementing sensory integration techniques.  Melissa has participated in many specific training programs including PROMPT; Sara-Rosenfeld Johnson Oral Motor; Greenspan’s Floortime and Affect Based Language Curriculum; Lindamood-Bell Visualizing & Verbalizing (V&V) Program and American Sign Language.  Her training also includes attending many seminars that focus on understanding and using social development and social thinking; including, Michelle Garcia Winner’s “Social thinking and Assessment” seminar. She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed to practice speech and language therapy in the state of Virginia.

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Amanda Sutton, MA, CCC-SLP

“Mandy” received her bachelors degree from James Madison University in 2002. She majored in Communication Sciences and Disorders and received a minor in Special Education. Mandy received her master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from The University of North Carolina – Greensboro in 2004. Mandy was awarded a grant in graduate school that provided her the opportunity to be trained in The Language! Curriculum – a comprehensive reading intervention program. She presented her research at the ASHA Convention in 2004.

Mandy has provided therapy in home, school, hospital, and private settings. Due to many years working in the public schools she has a depth of knowledge and understanding with the special education process and paper trail. Mandy has expertise helping children from birth through high school. She has experience in articulation, receptive language, expressive language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Phonological disorders, feeding disorders, reading fluency and comprehension, Apraxia, Fluency disorders, Down Syndrome, early intervention, social skills, AAC, and accent reduction. Continuing education is important to Mandy and she enjoys incorporating technology into her therapy sessions.

Mandy is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to work in the state of Virginia.

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Occupational Therapists

 

Lindsay Mora, MS OTR/L

Lindsay is originally from Cleveland, OH. She received her Masters of Science degree in occupational therapy from Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh, PA. Lindsay previously worked at in a private school setting for children with learning disabilities and has experience and training in variety of areas including: learning disabilities, AD/HD, autism, developmental delays, fine/gross motor difficulties, executive function, sensory processing difficulties, and others. She is certified in Interactive Metronome, The Handwriting Without Tears Program, Therapeutic Listening, and is in the process of becoming certified in administering The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. Lindsay has received continuing education credits related to sensory integration therapy, NDT (Neurodevelopmental training), executive functioning, ocular motor skills, and handwriting skills using a multi-sensory approach.

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Deborah A. L. Barbara, OTR/L

Deb Barbara came to Skill Builders as a staff therapist in 1996. She is a native of New Jersey and graduated from Boston University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Over more than 25 years, Deb has developed a strong interest in sensory integration theory and has been certified in the administration of The Southern California Sensory Integration Test and The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test. She is also an Interactive Metronome certified provider. Deb's diverse background in sensory integration with neruodevelopmental treatment techniques(NDT), motor learning and psycho-social development form the foundation of her ecclectic treatment approaches.

Deb has experience with children of all ages up through high-school, including early intervention programs for newborns through three years. In New Jersey and Chicago, Deb worked in public and private school programs, inpatient and out patient hospital settings, as well as home based programs and private practice. Her experience encompasses a wide variety of disabilities including developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, pervasive developmental disorder, learning disability as well as apraxia and sensory processing disorders. Family centered services are a particular area of interest for Deb. She is a strong advocate of the team approach where the parents are the team leaders and all who are involved with the child's care are included.

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Prerna Basnet, MOT OTR/L

Prerna completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Midwestern University in Chicago. She has experience working with children in a school and outpatient setting, with a wide range of diagnoses including learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorder, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and fine and gross motor delays. Prerna also is experienced in providing feeding therapy services for children with sensory aversions or who are classified as “picky eaters.” She is certified in Interactive Metronome and has completed additional trainings related to executive functioning, handwriting, feeding and sensory processing.

Prerna was born in Bhutan, India and grew up living there and in Nepal. She moved to Virginia in 2001. Prerna has always felt passionate about working with the pediatric population and is excited be a part of the Skill Builders team.

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Julie Carper, MS OTR/L

Julie received her Bachelors degree in Physical Education from Virginia Tech in 1993 and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1996.  Julie worked full time for four years in the Fairfax County School system as an itinerant occupational therapist. Her experience in the public schools included working with children presenting with autism, learning disabilities, and moderate/severe physical disabilities. Julie began working part time at Skill Builders in 1997 and has gained valuable experience working with children with autism spectrum and sensory integration disorders.  Julie has completed a wide variety of continuing education courses, including the areas of autism, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities,  ADHD and vestibular processing deficits.  In addition, Julie has coordinated and led several summer handwriting clinics utilizing the First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting Program.

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Cassandra "Cassie" Hawkins, MS OTR/L

Cassandra “Cassie” Hawkins is an Upstate New York native and graduate of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.  She received a combined BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy from UB before moving to Northern Virginia.  Cassie is experienced in treating school-aged children (ages 3-18) with a variety of diagnoses (Autism, multiple disabilities, intellectual disability, and specific learning disability).  She also treats children with behavior challenges that may be linked to sensory processing disorders.  Cassie's experience treating children with varying diagnoses and behavior challenges broadens her creativity in development of treatment plans and carryover with the families.

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Jennifer Laun, OTR/L

Jennifer was raised in Northern Virginia and graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Previously, she worked in a number of private schools for children with special needs and private clinics in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. She has been happily employed at Skill Builders since 2007. Jennifer has treated children with a variety of diagnoses, including learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder/ attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia, Down syndrome and fine motor delay. She is certified in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. Jennifer’s experience working in schools has provided her with a better understanding of both the expectations for children in the classroom today and how occupational therapy can facilitate improved success in school.

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Lauren R. Mazel, MS, OTR/L

Lauren is originally from Massachusetts, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tufts University and Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is pursuing her doctorate in Occupational Therapy part-time through Boston University where she is designing a graduate course on disability in the media. Lauren has worked with children with a wide range of disabilities in school and home settings. Her clinical interests include cortical visual impairment, deafblind services, feeding therapy, and assistive technology.  She is excited to be part of a talented and interprofessional team at Skill Builders.

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Judy T. McCallum, MS, OTR/L

Judy received her Bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation from West Virginia University and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988.  Judy has worked part time for Skill Builders since 1995.  She has been a full time employee of the Fairfax County Public School System since 1990 where she works with students from preschool through high school. Judy has experience working with a variety of diagnoses, including learning disabilities, Down Syndrome, pervasive developmental delay, cerebral palsy, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, dyspraxia, and fine motor delay.  She has completed continuing education courses in Therapeutic Listening, the Alert program, Handwriting without Tears program, sensory integration, Brain Gym, and assistive technology.

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Beth S. Miller, MS, OTR/L

Beth received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Minor in Special Education from the University of Maryland and her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University. She has worked with adults in a rehabilitation setting as well as with children in school, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Beth is currently working part time for Skill Builders and full time at a D.C. Public Charter School for children with disabilities. She has professional clinical experience with children and adolescents with various disabilities including sensory processing disorder, attentional difficulties, ASD, CP, and other genetic and developmental disorders. She is in the process of being certified in Interactive Metronome, The Handwriting Without Tears Program, and Therapeutic Listening.

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Este Sherwin, MA OTR/L

Este received her Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders from Biola University and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and Science from University of Southern California. She has worked with adults in the rehabilitation setting as well as children in the school and clinic settings. Este is currently a part time employee for Skill builders, LLC and a full time employee for Falls Church City Public Schools. She has experience working with school-aged children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyspraxia, Cerebral Palsy and others. Este has completed continuing education courses in Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration, and Nutrition.

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Sarah Spicer, MOT, OTR/L

Sarah is currently a full time Occupational Therapist for Skill Builders, LLC. She received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from West Virginia University. She has had experience working with children of all ages with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, developmental delay, Sensory Processing difficulties, dyspraxia, and others. She is certified in Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym, Interactive Metronome, and The Handwriting Without Tears Program. In addition, she has received continuing education credits related to sensory integration and attended the AOTA specialty conference on Autism. Sarah loves working with children and involving them in fun, creative treatment activities to lead them to their highest potential in their day to day activities.

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Educational Specialists
 

Kate Maholchic, M.Ed.

Kate received her Bachelors degree in Sociology from Manhattan College and her Masters of Education in Special Education from American University. She then completed training at the Lab School of Washington. Kate has been a learning specialist in independent schools in Maryland, Virginia and San Francisco, and has worked as an educational consultant for international education development Non-Governmental Organizations such as the International Reading Association (IRA) and Room to Read (RtR). She is thrilled to be a part of the Skill Builders staff. She has provided support to students diagnosed with learning differences, emotional disabilities, ADHD, ADD, speech and language deficits, autism spectrum disorders and physical disabilities. Kate is trained in Brain Gym, The Handwriting Without Tears Program, Read Naturally, Lindamood-Bell’s Visualizing & Verbalizing Program, and is certified in the WILSON Reading System and WILSON Fundations.

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Office Staff

 

Jackie Kharpran

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Holly Smith

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