Lead Occupational Therapist/Certified Early Intervention Specialist
Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has since gained 20 years of experience working with adults and children in a variety of settings including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation, early intervention, school systems, and pediatric sensory integration clinics.
Wendy is a certified early intervention specialist and genuinely enjoys working with infants, toddlers, and young children. She has training in feeding intervention including Dr. Kay Toomey’s Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. She is a licensed provider for The Listening Program, Therapeutic Listening and Advanced Therapeutic Listening, and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). Wendy has certification in Brain Gym, Brain Gym with Special Needs, and Bal-a-vis-x programs. She is skilled with the Astronaut Training Program and the Learning Without Tears handwriting program.
Wendy has specialized training in CranioSacral Therapy and has a passion for incorporating techniques within her treatment sessions as appropriate to facilitate optimal function and wellness. She believes that each individual has unique insight into his/ her own health and plays a key role in guiding the direction of intervention.
During her free time, Wendy enjoys reading, watching movies, journaling, going on nature walks and hikes, exploring new restaurants, connecting with her friends and family, and discovering the simple wonders in life.
Devon received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of New Hampshire. She has experience working within both clinical, outpatient, and school-based settings. Devon enjoys working with children of all ages to address gross and fine motor skills, visual and perceptual skills, sensory processing abilities, self-regulation and executive functioning skills, and participation in age-level feeding and self-care tasks. She joined Leading Therapy Home in July 2020.
Devon strives to create positive and meaningful, therapeutic relationships with all of her clients and their families. She uses play and evidence-based treatment approaches to support skill development and generalization. Devon strongly believes that parent involvement and working within a child’s natural environment can foster improved engagement, participation, and overall progress or development. She emphasizes parent coaching and consultation during all of her treatment sessions. Devon has specialized training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym, Therapeutic Listening, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Bal-A-Vis-X, and the Social Thinking Curriculum.
During her free time, Devon enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, practicing yoga, reading, and watching movies.
Brianne received her bachelor’s degree in Motor Development Therapy from Bridgewater State University and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University. She has experience in both residential and outpatient pediatric settings. She has also worked with adults in skilled nursing facilities.
Brianne enjoys working with children of all ages and is passionate about helping
children and families to reach their highest level of independence through addressing areas including fine motor, visual motor/visual perceptual, sensory processing, self-regulation, activities of daily living, motor planning/praxis, and executive functioning skills. Brianne enjoys building relationships, problem
solving through challenges, and watching the growth of each individual child while providing client-centered interventions. Her favorite occupation is play because she believes the best learning happens when having fun.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Some of her
favorite things to do are shopping, going out to eat, playing volleyball, and being outside in the nice weather.
Meredith received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in sociology from Bridgewater State College, and her master’s degree in Occupational from New York University (NYU). Over her professional career, Meredith has worked with children between the ages of 2-22 in long-term rehabilitation/habilitation settings as well as in the public school system. She has also worked with adults in acute rehab and skilled nursing facilities. Meredith enjoys working with children of all ages and abilities to address motor skill development and has a particular interest in visual perceptual skill development as well as the use of assistive technology to build independence in daily routines and activities (including play!).
Meredith enjoys connecting with clients and their families and has seen the importance of family participation in goal setting and therapy. It is wonderful to watch the incredible impact that play and learning in a natural environment can have on a child’s growth and development.
In her free time, Meredith loves being active and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys golfing, the Red Sox, traveling, and taking walks with her dog, Daisy. Meredith's claim to fame is her knowledge of Disney World!
McKenzie received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science and master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She has experience working with children and families in early intervention, in-home therapy services, and intensive rehabilitation in a pediatric clinic. McKenzie grew up as the oldest of 7 children and has loved working with children since a young age. Her interest in occupational therapy began after volunteering in the NICU and she became passionate about supporting children and families throughout their daily lives.
McKenzie really values OT’s holistic views and client centered approach to address functional skills and development. She loves all things OT from sensory and motor development, to feeding and adaptive technologies. McKenzie finds so much joy in building relationships with families while helping kiddos reach their full potential through play and engagement in their natural environments.
In her free time, you can find McKenzie walking the beach with her pup, Tilly, catching the sunset, or planning her next travel adventure! When she’s not off traveling, she loves to spend time outdoors with her friends and family!
Kaci received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Ithaca College with a minor in geriatrics. Although since graduating in 2013, she has worked exclusively with pediatrics in both outpatient and school-based settings. Kaci maintains a passion for working with children and young adults with specific interests in sensory processing and modulation, and fine motor, as well as mental health.
Over the years, Kaci has acquired skills in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding, Learning Without Tears Program, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional trainings. She believes that the positive and trusting relationships built between families and therapists are crucial for client progress and success. Kaci’s favorite activities in sessions involve creative crafts, mindfulness, and functional ways to target skill development.
In her free time, Kaci enjoys spending time with her family. She loves running, hiking, gardening and art projects.
Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Studies and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University. She has since spent several years at an outpatient pediatric sensory integration clinic working with children of all ages.
Lauren enjoys working with children to address all areas of need including gross motor skills, fine motor skills, sensory progressing skills, executive functioning skills, praxis skills, feeding skills, and age-related self-care stills that allow for optimal functional independence. She has speciality training in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding. Lauren also has experience implementing Handwriting Without Tears, Bal-A-Vis-X, the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, the Zones of Regulation / ALERT program, and Therapeutic Listening. Lauren has worked at a summer camp helping children ages 13-16 years old develop life skills and social skills, as well as volunteered at a summer camp for children with limb differences. Additionally, she has provided services to adults and children in Guatemala with various neurological and physical disabilities that focused on the education of individualized adaptive equipment and home exercise programs to help increase their independence. Lauren has a passion for working with children of all ages to increase their self confidence and improve their functional skills through skilled intervention.
During her free time, Lauren loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys skiing, boating, watching movies, traveling, and exploring new restaurants and fun activities with the people she loves.
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