Rizza Miro Lemonakis, M.A.,CCC-SLP | Owner
A board-certified and NJ-licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Rizza Miro has years of experience in schools, acute care hospitals, early intervention programs, and outpatient facilities. She obtained a Master’s degree in speech language pathology from The George Washington University.

Rizza’s passion shows in her work with children from birth to 18 years of age. She has sought to increase her training and gain more information in various treatment strategies and programs. Rizza is experienced in the PROMPT method for treatment of Apraxia, as well as in Michelle Winner's Social Thinking Program. She is also an Integrated Listening Program ADVANCED PRACTIONER. In addition, she is experienced in the SOS feeding program and developed The Feeding Center at the Communication Station.

Rizza was recognized by the community in the 2008 Courier Post article “35 Under 35”, which featured “35 successful, community-minded young professionals making a difference.” In addition, The Feeding Center was also featured in ABC News and Rizza humbly participated in the interview. Rizza has been a featured national speaker through Lorman Education Services, as well as a local speaker for Tri-County Speech/Language Hearing Association, ASPEN (Asperger Syndrome Education Network) and the Apraxia Support Group.

In 2012, Rizza was a co-speaker at the Pennsylvania Speech and Hearing Convention for "Improving Social Interaction and Communication with an Interactive Language Program." In 2013, Rizza was also selected to be the speaker in a 6-day 2-part lecture series on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Education. The topic of these lectures was Promoting Language and Literacy in the Preschool Classroom. On May 2014, Rizza was a featured speaker at the Cooper Hospital Learning Center's First Annual Facets of Dyslexia Conference. She also spoke with families of KIDDS, a non profit group serving all families with children with Down Syndrome. In 2017 West Jersey Music Academy launched the first local music program specifically geared towards children with special needs, and appointed Rizza Miro to be their Communication Consultant, training their staff on communication disorders and acting as liaison to their special needs families. In 2021, WJMA asked Rizza Miro to develop a Music Program for preschoolers with language delays, which successfully began in May 2021.

Rizza runs at least 3 social skills groups per day, ranging from preschool to high school students. She pulls from many different sources of social skills training including Michelle Garcia Winner and Jed Baker, to develop goals specific to each child. She is also PEERS-certified, which is one of only a handful of evidence-based data-driven social skills programs. Most of the children who attend her social skills group also receive individual social coaching sessions to ensure that their unique needs are being addressed.


Other Highly-Skilled Speech Language Pathologists:

Sarina Hoell, MS. CCC-SLP
Sarina Hoell, MS. CCC-SLP, received a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Rutgers University. She has over 25 years experience as a Speech Language Pathologist working with children ages 2 to 21. Her experience includes working in the Evesham Twp. Public Schools with the Preschool Disabled program where she provided services for the Autistic Program. At the present time she is employed full time as a Speech/Language Specialist working with the CAPPS program at Rosa International Middle School. This program provides “Social Thinking” instruction for middle school students with various diagnoses including but not limited to Aspergers Syndrome. At Rosa Middle School, Sarina also provides speech/language services for students with delays in critical thinking skills, articulation, apraxia, auditory processing and executive function. Along with our other speech pathologists, Sarina is also certified in The Listening Program and in the Integrated Listening Systems Program.

Sarina presented at various conferences including Michelle Winner’s First Annual Social Thinking Conference in June 2008 and on Executive Function Delays in Children and Adolescents for CORA in January 2009.

Although her professional life is extremely important to her she takes the utmost pride in her three children who continue to make her very proud. They taught her that patience and perseverance will equal success.

Emily Nahill M.S., CCC-SLP
Emily is a graduate of LaSalle University in Pennsylvania where she received her Master’s of Science Degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Science. Emily also works in Burlington County where she provides speech and language therapy and evaluates children ages preschool through middle school.  She has experience with a variety of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Genetic Abnormalities, Apraxia, and hearing loss mediated with the use of a cochlear implant or hearing aid.  Emily’s specialty skills include her knowledge of sign language and deaf culture, alternative and augmentative forms of communication, and early developmental skill sets, all of which strengthen her ability to formulate client goals and ensure her clients’ success. 

Kathleen Flynn, M.A., CCC-SLP
Kathleen is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed by the state of New Jersey. She received her Master's of Arts degree from Montclair State University in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2004. She has years of experience working with a range of disabilities in children, adolescents, and adults. Kathleen's work experience includes public and private schools from preschool through high school, private practice, and home-based settings. She gained international experience while working for a year in Ireland at a school for children with Autism.

Kathleen has a passion for working with children and adolescence targeting their needs in articulation, expressive language, receptive language, and auditory processing. She has extensive experience in targeting pragmatic language/social skills which benefit many of our families. She is also well versed in the use of various augmentative and alternative communication devices. Kathleen is a certified provider for The Listening Program, the Integrated Listening Systems program, and the Interactive Metronome.

Meaghan DeAlmeida, M.S., CCC-SLP
Meaghan DeAlmeida is an ASHA certified and NJ state licensed speech-language pathologist who currently practices in school settings throughout Burlington County. She received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and received her M.S. from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. She has practiced for eleven years in a variety of settings including clinical, medical and school-based locations throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Meaghan has extensive experience working with exceptional children with diagnoses including Autism, Cri du Chat, Down Syndrome, SMA, Angelman Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Deaf, Dysfluency, Craniofacial Disorders, Verbal Apraxia of Speech and disorders of Expressive and Receptive Language. Her early experience with audiological testing of newborns sparked a profound interest in early language development and how early detection and intervention impacts language across the lifespan. She holds particular interests in language acquisition especially in those who are English Language Learners, development and use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (low and high tech) and Social Skill development. Meaghan has participated in many workshops and trainings that incorporate the many facets of speech-language pathology including the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) program, Dynavox/Mayer-Johnson training, Prentke Romich Company (PRC) training, use of PROMPT techniques, American Sign Language (ASL) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Meaghan finds an integral component to her passion and success in working with children is establishing sincere rapport and relationships with her clients from as young as preschool-aged through adolescence. This along with considering client culture and experience in addition to working in a team dynamic with families and other service providers is something she feels yields fulfillment of each client's ultimate potential.

Holly Sataloff M.S., CCC-SLP
Holly comes to us with experiences that extend from a variety of settings including pediatric hospitals and early intervention, to public and private schools such as Bancroft in Cherry Hill NJ. She has also worked with adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. She received her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from The College of Saint Rose where the focus of her program was on fluency and language disorders. She has 20 years of experience working with children from birth to twenty-one who are diagnosed with various speech, language, feeding, voice and fluency disorders. She currently works in Burlington County servicing students in an Intensive Preschool program and Elementary Autism program in addition to servicing students in inclusion classrooms and regular education. She manages behaviors that interfere with a child's academia or social development through the use of individualized visual reinforcement schedules. She provides extensive parent training to help families enhance carryover of newly learned skills. Holly was also a member of a comprehensive feeding team of OTs, PTs, dieticians and physicians at The Children's Specialized Hospital in their Mountainside, NJ location and continues targeting behavioral feedings difficulties with children using methods individual to each child and family situation. She is a strong team player and thrives on continuously gaining knowledge from her colleagues varied experiences and enjoys incorporating new ideas and tools into her own interventions.

Nicole Klahold M.S., CCC-SLP
Nicole is NJ-certified and ASHA-approved to work with children with a range of needs. She has been an integral part of our practice since we opened, and has over a decade of experience working with children with Severe Autism, Language Processing Disorders, and Articulation Delays. She works with children and teen-agers across all levels of functioning, from children with AAC devices to those with mild deficits wanting to carry over their skills into social settings.

Samantha Postle, M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLP
Samantha is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed in both New York and New Jersey. She attended CUNY Queens College and earned her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at CUNY Brooklyn College and graduated with her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology.

Samantha began her career as a full-time school based Speech and Language Pathologist for The Shield Institute in Flushing, New York, where she worked with students ranging from 3-21 years of age with a variety of communication disorders.

She has evaluated and treated students and patients across the lifespan and has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and multiple disabilities. Samantha has a passion for providing person-centered therapy that focuses on the individual needs and strengths of everyone she treats. She has completed several continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of assessment and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Specifically, she has completed the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) training and is a Level 1 PROMPT trained therapist (PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Additionally, she continues to learn about Neuro-diversity Affirming therapy practices in order to empower children to build confidence and give respect to the unique differences and needs of people with disabilities.

Haley Verrillo, MCD, CCC-SLP
Haley is certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a license in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University and her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of South Carolina. Haley has over 6 years of experience working with children and adolescents with Autism, Apraxia of Speech, Pragmatic Language Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Articulation and Phonological Disorders, Hearing Impairment, Auditory Processing Disorders and Executive Functioning Disorders. Haley has taken numerous continuing education courses related to pragmatic language therapy, articulation, fluency and language processing disorder. She is also PEERS-certified, which is the only available evidence-based social skills program for adolescents and adults with ASD, and used clinically for youth with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other social challenges. Haley believes in the importance of establishing rapport and relationships with families and other professionals to help support growth and success.

Jennifer Packi, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jenn is currently licensed by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs as well as the NJ Department of Education as a Speech Language Pathologist and is certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She completed her undergraduate work at Temple University and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences before furthering her education at Stockton University’s graduate program in Communication Disorders where she received her Master’s of Science. Jenn has additional training and certifications in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and PROMPT therapy. During school hours, Jenn works for a disabled preschool program where she evaluates and gives treatment to children aged 3-5 years old. She has additional experience with grades K-5th and has worked with a variety of students with varying needs including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Downs Syndrome, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

Julia Kharlamenko, M.S. CCC-SLP TSSLD BE
Julia is an ASHA-certified trilingual English, Spanish, Russian Speech and Language Pathologist currently licensed in New York, New Jersey and Maryland. She received her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Teachers College, Columbia University. Julia's clinical focus is working with the pediatric population in the areas of expressive/receptive language, articulation and phonological disorders, and social communication disorders, with additional experience working with students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech). Julia's therapeutic approach is individualized to each client and is backed by evidence-based practices through a neurodiversity-affirming lens. Julia is also experienced with assessing and treating students from multicultural backgrounds. She led a Professional Development piece within her school district on linguistic/cultural considerations when working with multilingual populations, and is clinically skilled at identifying aspects of speech and language that characterize a linguistic difference vs. a true speech/language disorder. She enjoys working with the diverse population in our facility!

Our Leading Occupational Therapists:

Caroline Welch, ODT, M.S., OTR/L, SIPT
Caroline Welch has been working as an occupational therapist since 2002. Most of her clinical practice has focused on pediatrics and has had the opportunity to work in both public and private school sectors, early intervention, and outpatient rehabilitation. She has worked as an Academic Fieldwork Coordinator in the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Temple University. Caroline recently graduated with her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. She also has specialty certifications in Sensory Integration and Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT). But most importantly, she is a mom of two fabulous little girls, who keep her very busy and on her toes. They have truly made her a better person, both professionally and personally. She is also a new mommy to a forever furry friend, who has brought so much love and joy to her family.

As a clinician, her professional qualities and traits closely align with the authentic leadership style. As an educator, she incorporates cognitive learning theories into practice to help individualize treatment and modify tasks and activities to best to meet each student's learning needs. As an occupational therapist, she frequently uses the ecological models to guide practice and utilize a holistic, humanistic, developmental, and transdiciplinary approach to treatment.

Felicia Castagna, M.S., OTR/L, C/NDT, CKTP, CBIS, SIPT
Felicia Castagna achieved a Bachelor in Arts in Psychology from Temple University in 1997 and a Master in Science degree for Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2001. She has also completed a Post Professional Certificate in Pediatrics from Misericordia University in 2007. She first worked at St. John of God School in South Jersey, which is a specialized school with children with cognitive disabilities. Since then she has been working in a variety of programs including Outpatient, Inpatient, Day Hospital, and Medical Day Program. These settings afford her to work with populations including Autism, ADHD, ODD, SPD/SMD, CP, Concussion, TBI, prematurity, Ortho, Rehabilitation/Surgery, and genetic disorders. Currently she is a full time Clinical Educator. Felicia utilizes her knowledge gained via continuing education and experience to assist in mentoring and guiding other OTs. She heavily uses the knowledge she has gained from sensory integration and NDT as a treatment reference for the various populations of children she treats. She addresses many different skills within her individual treatment sessions: coordination/movement disorders, behavior modification, sensory difficulties (anxiety/aggression levels), fine motor skills, activities of daily living (ADLs), and socialization/play.

Sarah W. Tsang, M.S., OTR/L
Sarah is a licensed occupational therapist who has dedicated many years to serving the pediatric population and their families. Sarah received her bachelor's degree from Stockton University and completed her master's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient centers, private schools for children with special needs, and public schools.

Sarah has dedicated time to further her skills in occupational therapy to include training in Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting Without Tears, and The Alert Program. She has a special interest in oculomotor skills, sensory processing, and feeding therapy and often participates in courses to expand her treatment strategies in these areas. Sarah brings her playful spirit and caring personality into every therapy session to ensure that each child is having fun and will be eager to return the next week.

Madeline Cobb, DrOT, OTR/L
Maddy graduated from the University of the Sciences with her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, and has always loved working in pediatrics. Before graduate school, she worked in Pennsylvania providing behavioral interventions in the home, school, and community for children with varying diagnoses. Her journey then led her to a small nonprofit in Delaware that offered sensory-based OT along with Floortime Therapy. She worked at this clinic as a Floortime Therapist for 3 years before starting graduate school for OT. From there she was able to cultivate her knowledge and passion of how the sensory systems impact every individual. As an OT, Maddy not only incorporates sensory and DIR/Floortime strategies into her sessions, but she truly believes in having fun and utilizing play as a motivator to help achieve her client’s goals. She also enjoys working in the Early Intervention setting, working closely with families in their home.

Alexis Braham MOT, OTR/L
Lexy is a proud graduate of Temple University's Master of Occupational Therapy program. During her time at Temple, Lexy completed fieldwork rotations working with students in multiple school settings, adults in a traditional outpatient clinic, and young adults with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities in supported work and living environments. Before pursuing her masters, Lexy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in holistic health. Lexy still utilizes the information gained in the holistic health program to address clients overall wellness while addressing their OT goals. Currently, Lexy works in a specialized school where she treats students with a wide variety of diagnoses to support their school participation as well as functional independence skills.

As an occupational therapist, Lexy's areas of special interest include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), and social emotional learning as well as emotional regulation. Lexy is currently pursuing her Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS) certification to better serve the ASD population with the most current and evidence-based practices. She firmly believes that approaching every student with compassion and curiosity is the first step in building a therapeutic relationship that will help each child flourish. As an OT, Lexy is passionate about collaboration with families and other professional team members to promote the most success for the children she works with.

Kelly Adams MS, OTR/L
Kelly graduated from Alvernia University where she received the Master of Science Clinical Excellence Award for recognition of outstanding performance during clinical placements. Prior to graduate school, Kelly worked as a paraprofessional in a classroom for children with multiple disabilities and worked as a summer camp counselor and ropes course instructor. Since graduating with her Master’s degree, Kelly continues to love working with children and their families. Kelly began working as an OT at an outpatient facility where she remained for 3.5 years. In this setting, Kelly became the Occupational Therapy Coordinator and mentored new hires as well as an occupational therapy student. After leaving this setting, Kelly began working full-time at a school for children with multiple disabilities. Here, she manages a full caseload, manages OT students, and maintains the school-wide sensory cart. Kelly has experience working with children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, low muscle tone, prematurity, many cognitive and genetic disorders, and children without diagnoses.

Currently, Kelly is registered with NBCOT, licensed in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and is a member of AOTA. She is a certified Therapeutic Listening provider, and has taken continuing education courses on sensory processing, self-regulation and sensory strategies, primitive reflexes, vestibular dysfunction, behaviors, fine and visual motor skills, and severe impairments. She additionally has experience with DIR/Floortime. Kelly values building rapport with children, and enjoys seeing children thrive using play-based intervention.

Erin Schifferdecker, MS, OTR/L
Erin is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson University’s Occupational Therapy program where she received her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees. She has experience working in a variety of settings supporting children and their families including pediatric long term rehabilitation, public schools, and private schools for children with special needs.

Presently, Erin is pursuing a Certified Brain Injury Specialist endorsement in addition to interests in courses involving promoting performance in handwriting, activities of daily living, sensory processing, and pre-vocational skills. In the past Erin has enjoyed working with children and youth on fine motor, visual motor, sensory processing, feeding, self-help, and social skills to best support their performance at school and home. Her playful and child-centered approach allows those she treats to feel comfortable during sessions and excited for the next.

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