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Our Therapists Share Goals

The therapists at South Shore Therapies come together with similar beliefs and goals. We strongly believe in working together with families to develop individualized goals and provide customized strategies for each of our clients. By making the whole family part of the therapeutic process we can help a child or adolescent be more successful across environments. In addition, we are dedicated to educating our staff on the most current and effective intervention techniques so that families receive the most cutting-edge treatment within a safe and enriching environment. We believe that with guidance and respect, each client that walks through the doors of South Shore Therapies is capable of making functional and relevant progress to enhance independence and successful participation in daily life skills.

Our Staff

Stacey Szklut

M.S., OTR/L

is the owner and executive director of South Shore Therapies, Inc. She oversees the clinical direction and mentoring of the occupational therapy department utilizing her wide range of clinical expertise. Stacey has a passion for working with children that have anxiety and trauma experiences, and believes that change can best be encouraged within a safe and nurturing relationship and environment. This played strongly into the development of SST’s mission. In addition to her work in the clinic, Stacey travels nationally to teach a variety of workshops on sensory processing, autism spectrum disorder, and feeding intervention, as well as providing consultations to schools. Stacey has written numerous articles and book chapters on assessment and intervention for infants and children with sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders, as well as chapters on clinical reasoning and consultation techniques. One of her career highlights was to be recognized as the pediatric sensory integration specialist and premier pediatric clinic in Gary Kielhofner’s book Conceptual Frameworks in OT.

Janmarie Delaney

OTR/L

is the Occupational Therapy Supervisor and lead mentor at the South Shore Therapies Weymouth clinic. She has worked in a variety of settings including adult rehab, acute care, neonatal intensive care, and outpatient pediatrics. Her clinical expertise includes assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, coordination disorders, and other learning disabilities. Janmarie has advanced training in sensory integration theory including her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification and specific treatment of visual-vestibular deficits. She also has specialty training in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT), complex feeding disorders and the SOS approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening programs, and the Alert program. Janmarie is the organizer of South Shore Therapies evening in-service lecture series and regularly lectures to parents and professionals in the community on sensory processing disorder.

Ericka Morrison

M.S., OTR/L

is the Occupational Therapy Supervisor and lead mentor at the South Shore Therapies Pembroke clinic. Ericka has experience with both adult and pediatric populations working in acute care, rehab settings, early intervention, and schools. She is proficient at treating diverse populations of children including cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, ADHD, anxiety, and other developmental and emotional challenges. Ericka has advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition she has expertise with neuro rehabilitation, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, Therapeutic Listening programs, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and children with emotional regulation difficulties. While working on her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, Ericka researched the effects of sensory rooms on reducing anxiety and agitation in adolescents with ASD and acquired brain injury. She is a member of SST’s research team.

Amy O’Connor

M.S., OTR/L

is South Shore Therapies Student/Volunteer Program Coordinator for the occupational therapy department. She has experience in psychiatric facilities, day care settings, and schools. Her clinical specialties include working with children who have impairments in sensory processing and other coordination or learning difficulties to encourage the achievement of functional gross and fine motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. She also enjoys working with toddlers with feeding difficulties. Amy has specialty training in sensory integration, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and Handwriting without Tears®. Amy regularly presents for South Shore Therapies on fine motor and handwriting development and is part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

June Smith

OTR/L

is South Shore Therapies Ocular-Motor /Vision Team Leader and part of our occupational therapy mentoring team. She has extensive experience in public and private schools, home-based intervention, acute care and rehab settings. Her clinical expertise encompasses work with a diverse population of learning disabled, deaf, blind and multi-handicapped children and adolescents. June has extensive specialized training in sensory integration including Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification, NDT, ocular-motor dysfunction, and visual-vestibular treatment. She is a provider for the Therapeutic Listening Program, and is a certified Brain Gym® instructor. June presents her course Vision, Ocular-Motor and Movement Strategies for Integrated Learning nationally. In addition, June frequently provides parent and professional in-services on a variety of topics and reported the findings of SST’s ocular-motor screenings at the AOTA national conference.

Kathleen Austin (formerly Ellen)

M.S., OTR/L

is South Shore Therapies Social Media Coordinator and part of our occupational therapy mentoring team. Kathleen was previously the Program Director at a therapeutic recreational facility for children with special needs. Her clinical background also includes public and private school settings, and outpatient pediatric rehab. Kathleen has a passion for working with individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as children and adolescents with behavioral and social/emotional concerns resulting from sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and other learning disabilities. She has specialized training in sensory integration, supportive behavior management techniques, Therapeutic Listening, and Bal-A-Vis-X. Kathleen regularly teaches behavioral strategies for South Shore Therapies and has published with, and presented for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Alexa Howell

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience working in early intervention, acute care, and school settings. She is skilled with children who experience sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, Down’s syndrome, ADHD, and other developmental and learning difficulties. Alexa has passion for assessing and treating infants and toddlers with developmental and feeding delays. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory, including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has specialty training in the SOS approach to feeding, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), ocular-motor dysfunction, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting without Tears®. Alexa regularly presents for South Shore Therapies on sensory processing disorder and fine motor development, and is part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

Susan Curtis

M.S., OTR/L

has extensive experience in sensory integration evaluations and intervention, with Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification. Over her expansive career, she has worked in a wide variety of settings with children from birth through adolescence. Susan possesses advanced specialized training for infants and children with complex feeding issues and the SOS approach to feeding disorders. She has a passion for working with infants and toddlers and their caregivers to encourage and expand food repertoires. In addition, she is a provider for Therapeutic Listening programs and has clinical experience with Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, visual-vestibular treatment, and Handwriting without Tears®. Susan is an instructor of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test administration course. At SST Susan is a mentor for many of the occupational therapy team.

Kerry Burokas (formerly Nolan)

M.S., OTR/L

developed and facilitates South Shore Therapies parent support group. She has previous experience working in both public and private schools. Kerry is skilled at working with children with diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, ADHD, coordination disorders, anxiety, feeding challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental and learning difficulties. She has completed advanced training in sensory integration theory including certification to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). In addition, she has expertise in reflex integration, Bal-A-Vis-X, Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym®, ocular-motor dysfunction, and children with anxiety. Kerry presented at the AOTA national conference on research related to sensory processing and coping skills. She is a member of SST’s research and ocular-motor/vision team and is part of the occupational therapy mentoring team.

Rachel Giza-Sisson

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in early intervention in both clinic and home settings, with additional experience working in a pediatric pain rehabilitation center. She is proficient with assessing and treating diverse populations of children with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rachel has specialty training in sensory integration, ocular-motor dysfunction, visual-vestibular treatment, Brain Gym®, Building Block reflexes, feeding, and Handwriting without Tears®. She is a member of South Shore Therapies ocular-motor/vison team and part of our occupational therapy mentoring team.

Briana Green (formerly Hirst)

M.S., OTR/L

worked as a behavioral health professional providing in-home services prior to becoming an occupational therapist. As an OT she worked at a specialized school for children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Her clinical experience includes treating children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, coordination delays, sensory based feeding difficulties, and behavioral challenges. Briana has specialty training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening programs, Building Blocks reflexes, Zones of Regulation, and the AEIOU systematic approach to pediatric feeding. She has experience implementing Handwriting without Tears®, Bal-A-Vis-X, ocular-motor and visual-vestibular treatment activities. Briana is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team.

Wendy Lam

OTR/L

has multiple years of experience in a wide variety of settings including adult rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient pediatric care, public schools, and early intervention. She is a Certified Early Intervention specialist and enjoys working with infants and young children. Wendy has specialty training in sensory integration, complex feeding disorders and the SOS approach to feeding. She possesses advanced knowledge in therapeutic music programs including The Listening Program (TLP), Therapeutic Listening, Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). In addition, she has training in Brain Gym®, Brain Gym® for Children with Special Needs, Bal-a-vis-x, and visual remediation programs. Her passion is combining her knowledge of Craniosacral Therapy techniques with sensory integration treatment to promote holistic intervention.

Darlene Guerriero

COTA

is the Coordinator of Therapeutic Materials at South Shore Therapies. She has experience in a variety of settings, including early intervention, the public school system and private settings. She also possesses prior practice in acute care and rehabilitation with adults. Darlene has specialty training in sensory integration, perceptual-motor training, Brain Gym 101, Brain Gym for Children with Special Needs, Bal-a-vis-x, Handwriting Without Tears Program, Alert Program, Therapeutic Listening Program, ILS and Dr. Kay Toomey S.O.S. Approach to Feeding.

Nancy Hansen

M.S., OTR/L

worked many years in public schools and an educational collaborative servicing children with diverse needs. She is skilled at treating children and adolescents with a wide variety of diagnoses including those with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, cortical visual impairment, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, Williams syndrome, visual perceptual and visual-motor difficulties. Nancy especially enjoys working with teenagers and is accomplished at encouraging functional skill development. She has specialty training in Therapeutic Listening programs and Building Blocks reflexes, and is proficient with implementing the Handwriting without Tears® program, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies.

Caroline Itri

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience with both adult and pediatric populations working in a skilled nursing facility, long term acute care, pediatric outpatient clinic, as well as providing hippotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor delay, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral challenges, anxiety, pediatric stroke, and sensory-based feeding disturbances. Caroline has a passion for working with children who have experienced trauma and those with feeding difficulties. She has specialty training in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening programs, Building Blocks reflexes, the SOS approach to feeding disorders, and trauma intervention. Caroline is part of the occupational therapy mentoring team.

Sarah Studley

M.S., OTR/L

has worked with children of a variety of ages in the public school system, outpatient clinics, and home settings. Her clinical experience includes working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy focusing on impairments in motor coordination, feeding, visual perceptual motor skills, activities of daily living, and handwriting. Sarah has specialty training in sensory integration and functional neuroanatomy, and utilizes Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, and visual-vestibular treatment strategies in her treatment sessions. She has volunteered with Surfers Healing and Special Surfers, adaptive surfing programs for children with special needs.

Anna Waverczak

M.S., OTR/L

has experience working at a specialized school for children with cerebral palsy and a pediatric outpatient clinic. She has worked with children who have diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, genetic syndromes, visual perceptual difficulties, and other developmental and learning difficulties. Anna has specialty training in sensory integration, Building Blocks reflexes, and the Quick shifts therapeutic listening program. In addition, she has clinical experience with NDT, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, ocular-motor dysfunction and visual-vestibular treatment. Anna is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team and was instrumental in initiating the ocular-motor screening research for our AOTA presentation.

Amanda Young

M.S., OTR/L

has a range of experience working in schools, outpatient settings, inpatient rehabilitation, and day programming. She was also a team leader at a camp for children with autism spectrum disorders. Her clinical experience involves working with children with sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, NVLD, mental health diagnoses, developmental delays, and neurological impairments. Amanda has specialty training in sensory integration, Building Blocks reflexes, and is a provider for Therapeutic Listening. She has experience implementing Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, Handwriting without Tears®, ocular motor dysfunction and visual vestibular treatment techniques. Amanda is part of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team.

Taylor Stockstad

OTD, OTR/L

completed her clinical doctorate at MGH Institute of Health Professions focusing on family centered care within the NICU setting. Taylor evaluated and treated premature and medically fragile infants, and continues to have a passion for working with infants and toddlers. In addition, her clinical experience involves children with diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, NVLD, generalized anxiety, Down syndrome, visual-perceptual-motor challenges, developmental delays, genetic syndromes, neurological impairments, and mental health diagnoses. She has specialty training in sensory integration and is a provider for Therapeutic Listening. She has specific experience with NDT, Handwriting without Tears®, ocular-motor dysfunction and visual-vestibular treatment. She is a member of SST’s ocular-motor/vision team.

Ann Richardson

M.S., OTR/L

has a wide range of experience working in outpatient pediatric clinics, schools, and adult neurological rehabilitation. Her pediatric clinical skill includes assessing and treating a wide variety of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, genetic syndromes, oncology, and acquired physical, neurological and cognitive disabilities. Ann is knowledgeable and has experience implementing NDT techniques and has completed specialty training in visual motor skills with a focus on Cortical Vision Impairment. In addition, Ann has expertise in oral motor feeding, visual perceptual delays, visual motor skills, and handwriting. She has completed massage training, with specific coursework on pediatric massage, and is a Level II Reiki practitioner.


Bevin Corr

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults and children in a skilled nursing facility, adult day health center, and pediatric outpatient clinic. Bevin has a passion for working with children and collaborating with families to help them achieve their therapy and life goals. Her pediatric clinical experience includes working with diagnoses including sensory processing disorder, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, learning disabilities, fine motor impairments, visual perceptual difficulties, and other developmental and learning difficulties. She has specialty knowledge of sensory integration, Astronaut training, Bal-A-Vis-X, the Wilbarger Protocol, and Alert program of self-regulation.

Courtney Winsor

M.S., OTR/L

has worked with children with a variety of ages in private and public school systems, home settings, and outpatient clinics. Her experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorder, social emotional and behavioral challenges, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, and medically complex disorders. Her clinical experience has focused on addressing fine/gross/visual motor skills, sensory processing, handwriting, feeding, self-regulation, ADLs, infant and toddler development, and work readiness for students transitioning out of the school setting. She has volunteered with Special Olympics and Motor Activities Training Program for children with special needs.

Jessica Franklin

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience working with adults and children across a wide variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient rehabilitation, and day programs. She has worked with children who have diagnoses of sensory processing disorder, ASD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, feeding difficulties, genetic syndromes, and mental health diagnoses. Her clinical experience has focused on addressing sensory processing, feeding, ADL, self-regulation, fine-motor, gross-motor, visual-motor skills, and developmental delay across a wide variety of ages beginning with infants. She has utilized Handwriting Without Tears, Alert program of self-regulation, and NDT strategies in her treatment sessions. Jessica enjoys working in collaboration with children and their families to provide a successful experience to reach meaningful goals and gain independence.

Jocelyn St. Martin

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in geriatric inpatient rehabilitation and pediatric school-based practice. Her pediatric clinical experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, neurological impairments, fine motor impairments, and social-emotional and behavioral challenges. She has a passion for empowering children to reach their maximal functional potential in all areas of living and has special expertise in fabrication and use of assistive technology for individuals with varied disabilities.

Alissa Delpico

OTR/L

has extensive experience with a wide variety of diagnoses in early intervention, public and private schools, and clinic settings. She is a certified Early Intervention Specialist and qualified as a teacher for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Alissa possesses advanced training, and a passion for working with infants and children with complex feeding and motor coordination issues. She is certified in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment (NDT), and is a provider for The Listening Program. In addition, Alissa has specialty training in sensory integration, oral motor feeding intervention, reflex integration, ocular-motor dysfunction and Bal-A-Vis-X.

Kaci Hoey

M.S., OTR/L

has worked in a variety of private and public school settings where she has been instrumental in developing and implementing new sensory based programs. Kaci has specialty training in sensory integration, Handwriting without Tears®, yoga and mindfulness for children, Brain Gym®, Bal-A-Vis-X, and feeding intervention. She is proficient at, and enjoys working with preschoolers and children who have impairments in sensory processing, emotional and behavioral challenges, fine motor and visual perceptual motor delays, handwriting difficulties, and decreased independence in activities of daily living. Kaci prides herself in helping children develop creativity through crafting games and art projects out of everyday materials.

Jennifer O'Shea

M.S., OTR/L

has extensive experience working in a variety of pediatric settings including a renowned pediatric hospital, outpatient clinics, early intervention, and the public schools. She also practiced in adult rehab and has designed splints for both pediatric and adult clients. Jennifer is skilled at assessing and treating children with sensory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, orthopedic/hand dysfunctions, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. She has specialty training in Handwriting without Tears®, NDT, Brain Gym®, and ocular-motor dysfunction. In addition, Jennifer has a Master’s degree in Assistive Technology, which she effectively utilizes within her treatment sessions.

Judith Skinner

MOT, OTR/L

has extensive clinical experience in school based pediatrics, as well as special education administration. Judy has a passion for supporting children to develop functional independence. She has advanced training in sensory integration theory including her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification. Judy has a wide range of specialty trainings and experience including the SOS approach to feeding disorders, visual rehabilitation in pediatrics, Handwriting without Tears®, and various other courses in positive behavioral supports, behavior regulation, and collaborative problem solving. She also has experience implementing Brain Gym®, Therapeutic Listening programs, and reflex integration.

Karen Connell

M.S., OTR/L

has previous experience in adult outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Her pediatric experience includes working with children with ADHD, social-emotional and behavioral challenges, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and learning disabilities, fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual impairments. She has extensive experience collaborating with families and multi-disciplinary teams developing and implementing interventions for children ages 3-22 to maximize their independence in public school and outpatient setting. She has experience implementing Handwriting without Tears, Zones of Regulation, the Alert Program, and a variety of self-regulation strategies for use in school and at home.

Kathleen Wilkinson

M.S., OTR/L

has a range of clinical experience working in a rehabilitation hospital, forensic mental health hospital and acute care settings. She also works at a specialized school for children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays. Her pediatric clinical experience includes working with children in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, NICU, outpatient and feeding day clinic. Her clinical experience has focused on trauma-informed care, fine and gross motor development, visual motor skills, handwriting, sensory-based interventions, self-care skills, feeding as well as vocational based programming.

Speech-Language Pathologists

Melanie Austin

M.S., CCC-SLP

is the Director of Speech and Language services at South Shore Therapies. She has worked in outpatient pediatric treatment settings since 2000 and created our speech and language program in June of 2006. Her clinical expertise includes assessing and treating individuals with executive function disorders, nonverbal learning disability, apraxia of speech, social language difficulties, and many other language-based learning disorders. She also does orientation and training of both low and high-tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems. Melanie frequently provides lectures on a variety of speech and language topics for community programs, PAC/SEPAC organizations, and other health professionals. She was previously a professor in the Communication Disorders Department at Bridgewater State University, appeared as a guest on 95.9 WATD's Raising Healthy Kids program, and has contributed to various publications. Melanie most recently received the ACE award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for demonstrating commitment to lifelong learning.

Ellen Austin (formerly Keefe)

M.S., CCC-SLP

is the Speech and Language Supervisor and lead mentor in South Shore Therapies Pembroke clinic. Ellen has been part of the South Shore Therapies staff since 2006. She has extensive experience with assessment and treatment of a wide variety communication disorders including autism, apraxia of speech, phonological disorders, selective mutism, auditory processing deficits, and other language based disorders. Ellen has specialized training in PROMPT © technique, in addition to experience implementing a variety of communication programs including Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® curriculums, Picture Exchange Communication (PECS) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Ellen frequently provides parent and professional in-services on a variety of communication topics including Nonverbal Learning Disability, Developing Social Stories, and Using Visual Supports for Communication.

Theresa Tousignant

M.S., CCC-SLP

joined South Shore Therapies in 2011 and is the Student/Volunteer Program Coordinator for the speech department. She has experience working with children of all ages and with a wide range of communication disorders, including articulation and phonological disorders, receptive and expressive language difficulties, social language deficits, and higher-level language disorders. Her previous clinical experiences include working with children within the public school and outpatient rehabilitation centers. She has a particular interest in the area of high-tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and in language-based learning disabilities. Theresa has attended the Current Trends in Autism conference for the past 10 years and is currently their Continuing Education Coordinator.

Abby Lynch

M.S., CCC-SLP

has multiple years of experience working with children with a variety of speech and language challenges. Abby has expertise and special interest in working with individuals who stutter from pre-school age through young adulthood. She has been trained in the administration of the evidence-based Lidcombe® Program for early childhood stuttering. Abby also has extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder. She is trained in the implementation of the six phases of PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and is able to provide high-tech AAC options as needed. Furthermore, she is proficient with treating social language disorders and uses much of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® Curriculum. Abby is one of SSTs speakers for our parent lecture series and has provided multiple community inservices on a variety of speech and language related topics.

Barbara Daly

M.A., CCC-SLP

has over 20 years of experience working with both the pediatric and adult populations across varied settings. She has addressed speech and language disorders within private practices, early intervention sites, home care, and public school systems. Barbara is skilled at assessing and treating children with a wide range of communication disorders. Her specialties include treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder and language based learning disabilities, while working with families and caregivers to integrate new learning across all settings. She has attended multiple Social Thinking® workshops and has participated in advanced training seminars for executive function training. Barbara prides herself on remaining up to date on the most current therapeutic techniques and recently achieved the ACE award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for demonstrating commitment to lifelong learning.

Kristen Ciocci

M.S.,CCC-SLP

came to South Shore Therapies after years of providing speech and language services in public school settings. Her experience includes assessment and treatment of children who have autism spectrum disorders, receptive and expressive language deficits, articulation and phonological disorders, and fluency disorders. In addition, Kristen is proficient with treating social language deficits and has repeatedly participated in training for implementation of the Social Thinking® curriculum.

Hannah Trahan-Hood

M.S., CCC-SLP

came to South Shore Therapies with extensive experience assessing and treating children with autism spectrum disorder. Prior to joining the SST team, she was the Supervisor of Allied Health at an institution servicing individuals with various developmental disabilities. She also has previous experience working in a public school. Hannah has expertise in evaluating and orienting children with augmentative-alternative communication needs ranging from low- tech symbols to high-tech voice generating devices. Additionally, she has had training in the PECS program, the DIR/Floor Time method, TEEACH, Essentials for Living, and the Social Thinking® program.

Ashleigh Moore

M.S., CCC-SLP

has had experience evaluating and treating adults and children in inpatient, outpatient, public school, and private practice settings. She is skilled in working with children with autism spectrum disorder, receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, motor speech difficulties, and executive function challenges. She is particularly passionate about working with children with executive function and social communication disorders and has extensive knowledge of the Social Thinking® curriculum. Ashleigh also has experience helping families obtain and orient to a variety of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems, and participated in LAMP training to increase her knowledge of a motor-based approach to AAC.

Dana Shepherd

MS, CCC-SLP

has experience evaluating and treating children in private practice, public school, and university clinic settings. She is skilled at working with children with receptive and expressive language deficits, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, and higher-level language difficulties. In addition, Dana was the recipient of the Naomi Stroh Janover scholarship for her work with families and toddlers with hearing loss through the Thayer Lindsley Family-Centered Program at Emerson College. Dana did her final field work at South Shore Therapies where she was asked to stay on as an employee upon completion.

Meaghan Hayes Leoncavallo

M.S., CCC-SLP

has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of diagnoses including, apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, attention deficit disorder, non-verbal learning disability, articulation and phonological disorders, executive function deficits, and social pragmatic language difficulties. She has attended trainings related to the Social Thinking® program, the Kaufman Apraxia protocol, and Westby’s Play and Language assessment. Meaghan previously worked in a public school setting and pediatric private practice. She prides herself in tapping into each child’s creativity to build rapport by using multisensory stimuli including music, video, crafts, play, and humor to facilitate language.

John Desmond

M.S., CCC-SLP

worked many years in the public school setting where he was certified by the Mass Department Of Education as a speech-language pathologist at all levels of professional status. He provided group and individual treatment for elementary and middle school students with a variety of language disorders, and supervised graduate student clinicians from various accredited programs. In 2016 John was the recipient of the Norfolk County Teachers Association Award for commitment, dedication, and excellence in teaching. John prides himself on completing individualized assessments and providing highly effective treatment for children with speech disorders and language based learning disabilities. In addition, he frequently lectures to parents and professionals within the community on various speech and language-related topics and regularly participates in the SST parent support group.

Sarah Markowitz

MS, CF-SLP

comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including private practice, public school, and an inpatient/outpatient hospital. Sarah has evaluated and treated children with a wide range of speech and language disorders, including receptive and expressive language disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, autism spectrum disorder, apraxia of speech, and social pragmatic language difficulties. In addition, Sarah has a keen interest in research related to pediatric speech and language and has been involved with research projects related to infant language acquisition, improving narrative writing skills, and the importance of thorough speech and language evaluation procedures.

Katherine Bianchi

MS, CCC-SLP

has experience working with children across multiple settings, including preschool, elementary school, outpatient rehabilitation, and a university clinic. She has evaluated and treated children with a variety of diagnoses including expressive and receptive language disorders, social communication disorders, autism spectrum disorder, articulation and phonological disorders, and fluency disorders. Her experience also includes implementation of both low tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and programing and orientation of high tech AAC devices. She enjoys working with parents to develop home carryover activities to promote generalization of skills learned across settings.

Angela Motta

MA, CF-SLP

has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Voice Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Impairments, Articulation and Phonological Disorders. She previously worked in the classroom setting with children with brain injury and related disorders. Angela has also completed fieldwork at various settings including: inpatient/outpatient hospital, residential school for children with severe to moderate disabilities, pediatric psychiatric hospital, middle/high school and a university clinic. She is passionate about individualizing treatment to meet the needs and interest level of each child by being creative, flexible and encouraging.

Marissa Stockstad

MS, CF-SLP

comes to South Shore Therapies with experience working with children and adults in multiple settings, including outpatient clinic, inpatient hospital, special care nursery, public school, and university clinic. Marissa has evaluated and treated children with a wide variety of diagnoses and speech and language needs, including receptive and expressive language disorders, reading and writing difficulties, phonological and articulation disorders, feeding and swallowing difficulties, and augmentative and alternative communication. Marissa is passionate about working with each child and their family to individualize treatments and create meaningful relationships and progress.

Michele Donlon

M.S., CCC-SLP

brings more than 15 years of clinical experience diagnosing and treating early speech and language delays and disorders, written and spoken language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and social communication disorders through evidence-based practices in the outpatient hospital, collaborative special education school, and home-based private practice settings. Michele has worked with specialized populations of children with genetic syndromes, intellectual disabilities, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her experience includes implementation of both low tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems and programing of high tech AAC devices. She is certified in the Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” program. In her practice, Michele promotes and supports family’s involvement in the therapy process. Michele has presented information on speech and language development, as well as interdisciplinary practice to parents and educators at state conferences and community preschools. She is also published in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Janet Pike

M.S., CCC-SLP

has been working at South Shore Therapies since 2008. She has been in the field of speech pathology for over 30 years and is currently splitting her time between South Shore Therapies and a local public school district. She has previously worked in a variety of hospital settings, as well as a center for children with various developmental disabilities. During her time in the field she has treated children with a wide variety of speech and language disorders including receptive and expressive language deficits, articulation and phonological disorders, social language difficulties, and autism spectrum disorder. Janet’s areas of special interest include improving stuttering, using narration to facilitate language, and increasing higher level language abilities.

Jennifer Landolfi

M.A., CCC-SLP

has experience working with children with a variety of speech and language disorders within both the public school and private practice settings. She is skilled in assessing and treating children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, social language deficits, motor speech disorders, stuttering, auditory and language processing disorders, and various other language-based learning disabilities. In addition, Jennifer is trained in the implementation of the Social Thinking® curriculum in order to improve social language abilities in school-aged children and adolescents.

Jennifer Worden

M.S., CCC-SLP

has worked for more than 15 years in a public school setting during which time she has worked with children of all ages and a wide variety of diagnoses. She is skilled in the assessment and treatment of children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, Williams syndrome, articulation and phonological disorders, language-based learning disabilities, stuttering, and auditory processing disorder. Jennifer spent a portion of her life in Latin America and speaks both English and Spanish.

Kate Kreidler

M.S., CCC-SLP

works full time at in an early intervention program in addition to her time at South Shore Therapies. She has experience working with children in preschools, elementary schools, and outpatient settings. Kate is skilled in the assessment and treatment of children with a variety of speech and language concerns including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation and phonological deficits, social communication difficulties, and fluency disorders. She has attended multiple trainings on the treatment of children with suspected apraxia of speech, and has a special interest in the implementation of high tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems for children under the age of three with severely reduced speech intelligibility.

Administration

Howard Szklut

Business Director

Suzanne Chase

Director of Operations and Administration

Michelle Miller

Executive Administrative Assistant/Pembroke Office Administrator

Laura Forrester

Scheduling Supervisor/Canton Office Administrator

Christine Villa

Insurance & Billing Supervisor/Weymouth Office Administrator

Casey Brewer

Scheduling Assistant

Beth Heneghan

Scheduling Assistant

Flower Jaeger

Referral and Insurance Benefit Coordinator

Diane Ringer

Insurance Billing Coordinator

Rosemary O’Neil

Front Desk Coordinator – Pembroke

Janet Arcovitch

Front Desk Coordinator - Canton

Lynne Moodoyan

Front Desk/Administrative

Danielle Leary

Front Desk/Administrative

Suzanne Doyle

Front Desk/Administrative

Caitlin Parker

Front Desk Reception

Susan Cheney

Clinic Assistant