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rae kroger

occupational therapist

I love my job! I feel so lucky that I am able to play and do fun things everyday while helping children to be their best selves. 

I am originally from New Zealand where I graduated from OT school in 2000. During the past 20 years, I have been able to learn and grow my skills in many environments including schools, hospitals and private clinics; working with children aged 0-21 with a myriad of needs and diagnosis. I have completed specialized trainings in sensory integration, executive function disorders, social skills, feeding, motor skills, and handwriting. 

I believe strongly in a holistic and family centered approach, it really does take a village to raise our children! Co- founding This Village Developmental Therapies with my wonderful colleagues has allowed me to follow my passion and jump off the conveyer belt of a typical private practice. It has gifted me the opportunity to spend the much-needed time with parents, caregivers and teachers who are struggling or need guidance. I enjoy working with community providers and being a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide the best outcomes for each child and their family. 

My goal for every child is to help them build the developmental skills they require to reach their full potential to perform with confidence and success at home, school and in the community.

 

Additional Trainings: Therapeutic Listening, The Wilbarger Therapressure Technique, Secret Agent Society, Social Thinking, Handwriting Without Tears, PECS, Meal-Time Miseries, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, Sensory Motor Feeding.

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tricia maher

speech therapist

This Village Developmental Therapies grew from the desire to do intervention differently. I am continuously inspired, motivated and supported by my co-founders to implement the most effective, evidence based, and functional approaches for our children.

Originally from Canada, I moved to Sydney, Australia in 2007 to obtain my masters in speech and language pathology. In Melbourne, Australia I worked as a pediatric speech pathologist across primary and secondary school settings as well as in private practice. Throughout my career I have found a particular passion for 

  • facilitating parent and teacher education/consultation

  • advocating for access to school curriculum through modification

  • helping children develop and maintain social skills through evidenced based programs

 

I believe strongly in a collaborative approach to intervention and the necessity to liaise with families, teachers, and other allied health professionals in order to help generalize skills and optimize outcomes. 

Additional Trainings: Secret Agent Society, Talkabout social communication skills, Social Thinking, PECS, The Hanen Centre, Lidcombe Program, Orton Gillingham.

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michelle o'sullivan

speech therapist

My career in speech-language pathology came about from both a love of language and of working with children. I chose the University of Arizona in Tucson for my graduate degree where I had the privilege of being trained by some of the top specialists in their fields, like autism spectrum disorders, articulation, preschool language, social communication therapy, voice disorders, AAC, cochlear implants, school-age language disorders, and stuttering.

 

For the 13+ years that have followed, I have been able to expand my knowledge and experience of these speech and language difficulties while also gaining expertise in language-literacy struggles, executive functioning and social-pragmatic development and treatment. I have worked in specialized therapeutic schools, outpatient hospital clinics, and as a consultant into NYC public schools. In any setting, my goal is to provide the most efficacious and effective therapy to children while maintaining frequent collaboration with families and other professionals.

Speech-language pathology is a passion of mine that I continually learn from, but what keeps me motivated and inspired is working with children and families. I know the tireless dedication and struggle it takes to make sure your child is developing on the right, "expected" path. At the same time, I want every child to know that they do not have problems that need to be fixed but rather so many strengths and charms that make them unique and equally as incredible as their peers.

Additional trainings: Social Thinking, Sarah Ward's Executive Functioning, PROMPT, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk (Caregiver training), Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding, SCERTS, PECS, The Hochman Method for Writing