Owners

Angela, Nicole and Kimanhi met while teaching at a non-public school program several years ago.  After working for a short amount of time in their own private settings, they decided to come together to create a trans-disciplinary approach to teaching students who have multiple service needs.

Biographies

Headshot of Angela ListonAngela Liston OTR/L has accumulated over eight years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism and other developmental delays in the school and private practice setting.  In addition to providing traditional services focusing on fine and gross motor skills, she is Level 1 Certified in Handwriting Without Tears, is trained in Yoga for Special Needs Children and is a certified provider of The Listening Program. Angela has a special interest in developing sensory integration programs to help students with sensory modulation deficits.

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Nicole Carl Orellana MS, CCC-SLP has been a Speech and Language Therapist working with children diagnosed with Apraxia, Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays since 2004 in both the non public school and private practice settings. Nicole received her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Boston University and completed additional coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Pennsylvania State University.  She has completed several seminars in The Pyramid Picture Exchange Program, LAMP - Language Acquisition Through Motor PlanningDIR/Floortime from Stanley Greenspan, Social Story writing from Carole Gray and Social Thinking Curriculum from Michelle Garcia Winner.  Nicole has completed advanced/bridge level training for PROMPT and has a strong interest in seeking her certification. Nicole has extensive experience helping children learn to use a variety of low and high tech augmentative communication systems to support functional communication and social interaction. She has strong success teaching minimally verbal children how to verbally communicate. 

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Headshot of Kimahni PeeleKimahni Peele MS, BCBA holds a Masters Degree in Special Education. He has over six years of experience in a nonpublic school setting for children diagnosed with autism. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received his training from Pennsylvania State University.  In addition to working with children in the school setting, Kimahni has several years of experience working with families to develop and implement home ABA therapy programs.  He has experience and training in the implementation of Verbal Behavior therapy and the Pyramid Picture Exchange Program.  Kimahni works with both children and adults that are diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

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Therapists

Megan Shields, M.S. CCC-SLP

Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a concentration in Special Education at the Bloomsburg University and went on to earn her Master’s degree at West Virginia University. She is PROMPT trained clinician. Megan has also attended trainings for Language Acquisition through Motor Planning and Michelle Garcia Winter’s Social Thinking Conference. She has experience working in the non-public school and private practice settings with children on the autism spectrum and other developmental delays. Her interests in the field include language and augmentative and alternative communication.

Caitlyn Gambrill, MA CCC-SLP

Caitlyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Northwestern University.  She has experience working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Apraxia, and other developmental delays.  She has attended seminars on Language Acquisition through Motor Planning from John Halloran, Social Thinking from Michelle Garcia Winner, and is PROMPT trained. Caitlyn has experience working in a non-public setting with students from 6 to 20 years of age.  Caitlyn has experience working with low and high tech augmentative communication devices.

Shanna Klump MS, CCC-SLP

Shanna is a Speech Language Pathologist with a strong background in diagnosing and treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental delays.  She also has experience working with students with a multi-lingual background.  She has been practicing since 2007 in both the public school and private practice settings.  She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University.  Shanna is certified to provide the Hanen® It Takes Two to Talk® program for parents.  She is also PROMPT trained.

Sara B Shoff, MS, CCC- SLP

Sara B. Shoff has over 12 years of experience in the treatment of children ages 9 months - 12 years diagnosed with a variety of speech-language disorders including: childhood apraxia of speech, articulation delay, language delay, language disorder, oral motor disorder/dysfunction, feeding difficulties, and phonological disorder. Sara has extensive experience in treating complex language impairments associated with autism spectrum disorder and has successfully developed and implemented functional communication systems for children with significantly impaired speech production/language output.  She has comprehensive knowledge, training, and experience in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She also has an extensive background in early intervention therapy, family/parent training, school staff training, and assistive technology/augmentative-alternative communication.  

Along with this experience, Sara is trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), VB methodology (Verbal Behavior), LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), OPT (Oral Placement Therapy), Floortime/DIR (Developmental, Individual differences, Relationship-based), and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). 

Sara earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Penn State University in 2002 and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in 2004. Sara lives in Baltimore County and has two school-aged children.

Felicia Williamson MS, CCC-SLP

Felicia earned both her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Howard University in Washington, DC.  Following her graduate program, she completed additional coursework to earn graduate certifications in Assistive Technology and School Administration and Supervision.  She has extensive experience providing therapy for children with a variety of complex and intensive speech and language and behavioral needs including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Disabilities.  Additionally, she has completed training in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and has experience working with a wide variety of communication systems and devices.  Felicia recently completed PROMPT technique level training. 

Erica Thomas BS, SLP-A

Erica started at the SPOT in 2014 as an intern and is now a board certified speech language pathologist- assistant. She graduated with her bachelors in communication science and disorders from The Pennsylvania State University.  Erica is trained in Lindamood-bells Visualizing and verbalizing program for cognitive development, comprehension and thinking. Erica also participated in CASANA's 2016 annual conference (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) which gave her the opportunity to learn about apraxia of speech. In addition to her position at The Children's Spot, Erica is a research assistant at the University of Maryland's hearing and brain lab, researching the effect of development,aging and hearing loss on central auditory processing, and holds an SLP-A position at  a special education school that provides services to student between the ages of five and 21 with autism spectrum disorder, emotional and behavior disabilities and other related disorders.

Holly Bennett, MS, BCBA 

Holly has been working with individuals with autism since 1997 when she started in a Lovaas early intervention program.  She then worked at Kennedy Krieger Institute in the LEAP program for children with autism and the Neurobehavior Unit (NBU).  While on the NBU she conducted functional analyses of problem behavior, preference and stimulus avoidance assessments,  functional communication training, and data collection and analysis.  She is trained in both Basic and Advanced PECS communication training through the Pyramid program.  She received her masters degree in autism and applied behavior analysis from Sage University in May 2011, and became board certified in applied behavior analysis in September 2012. Her areas of interest are reduction of maladaptive behaviors, verbal behavior, performance feedback and treatment integrity.  

Larissa McCormick, M.S., BCBA, LBA

Larissa has been working with people who have developmental disabilities, including autism since  2006. She completed her BCBA program from the Florida Institute of Technology, has a master’s form Johns Hopkins University in Severe/profound Special Education, with a graduate certificate in Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders; a teaching certificate (elementary education, special education grades 1-12, early childhood special education). She worked in many capacities with adults and children who have developmental disabilities including as a day program specialist, a teacher, an ABA therapist and an educational consultant. Larissa also has additional training in Social Thinking, assistive technology, The Essential For Living, toilet training and feeding.  Larissa is a compassionate and creative individual who's passion it is to help children and adults  with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Abby Roth, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Abby is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a Master of Education in Counselor Education from Penn State University. After finishing her Master's degree in 2010, she worked with children on the autism spectrum as a mobile therapist in Pennsylvania. After moving to the Washington DC area in 2011, she got a job at CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children) where she acquired more experience working with the autism population and decided to pursue becoming a BCBA. After taking coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology, she became certified in 2015. Over the past few years, Abby has worked with several agencies gaining experience with children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Abby has been working at the Children's SPOT since early 2015 and loves working with their talented team of BCBAs/ABA Therapists, OTs, and SLPs!

Saveem Afraz, BS, RBT

Saveem graduated from The Honors College at the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is a Registered Behavior Technician certification and works full time with The Children's SPOT. Prior to starting at the SPOT, Saveem worked as a teaching assistant in a non-public school for students with emotional and intellectual disabilities, in a middle school classroom. When she lived in Houston, Texas, Saveem worked at the Children's Museum of Houston as a Discovery Guide who guided students from area schools on educational and enjoyable tours of the museum and helped bring the museum to life to all able and disabled children. She was also an Outreach Coordinator who collaborated with the Parent Stars team to prepare and implement multiple theme-based Family Learning Events and Parent Workshop programs in Houston-area school districts. Saveem has worked and volunteered with children ever since she was a child herself! She has future plans to pursue a career in special education and occupational therapy.

Belen Heig BS, RBT

Originally from Argentina, Belen has been living in the United States for the past 8 years, serving special needs kids and their families. Her experience includes In-home ABA therapy, school shadow and teacher assistant.  She has recently become an RBT (registered behavioral technician) and is completing her BCaBA coursework at the Florida Institute of Technology. 

Stacey Greenberg MS, OT/RL

Stacey holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science.  She is an equestrian who has been riding horses and competing since she was seven. She currently is a riding instructor specializing in children and teens. She utilizes these skills when she is treating her clients. She volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility and has experience with equine assisted occupational therapy and hippotherapy. Stacey had the opportunity to complete her fieldwork at the Institute for Well-being (IWB) in Towson, Maryland. The IWB was Stacey's first hands-on experience with the pediatric population and it was where she realized she felt the most passionate about providing services to children and young adults. Stacey has a strong interest in using sensorimotor strategies to help her clients succeed in and out of the therapy setting. She adapts her sessions to include what her clients enjoy and what they need to work on including sensory regulation strategies.