Introducing....Team Capable Classroom
The Capable Classroom is proud to present our 2015-2016 ambassadors that are ready to bring their therapy world right to you! These Rock Star Therapists™ are a wealth of knowledge, resources, and innovations. They’re eager to share their experiences and ideas with you through blogging, presenting, social media engagement, and their involvement in their own communities. Our goal is to get the word out about The Capable Classroom, the benefit of the products and programs for students of all abilities. Contact Candice at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any questions for Team Capable Classroom!
Emily Kocher, MS CCC-SLP
Emily is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. Previously, she had been the program coordinator for Centennial School District and is currently the program coordinator for Northern Lehigh School District. During her time with PTS, Emily has provided services to both early intervention and school-aged populations. Emily has experience working with students who have Apraxia, Dysarthria, Selective Mutism, Cleft Palate, Processing Disorders, Assistive Technology needs, Hearing Impairments, and Fluency Disorders. She has received the ASHA ACE award for earning 7.0 ASHA CEU’s in a 36 month period. This Fall marks her 11th year working for PTS.
Samantha Kessler, MS CCC-SLP
Let me start by saying that I am honored to be an ambassador of ‘The Capable Classroom’! I am going on my third year as a Speech Therapist with PTS and they have always supported my goals for creating new, fun and innovative ideas and materials for therapy. My future goals include finishing my clinical doctorate and continuing my career as a promoter of literacy for children. My vision for ‘The Capable Classroom’ is to supply a setting where students, parents and other professionals can visit to gain new perspectives, information, materials, and ideas. To provide a crossroads where parents and professionals can collaborate to pave the way of success for their own children and students, at home, and in the classroom!
Colleen Good, M.S., OTR/L
My name is Colleen Good and I am an occupational therapist with Pediatric Therapeutic Services. I've been with PTS since 2012 and am excited to begin my 4th school year! In addition to gearing up for the new school year, I'm also busy and thrilled to be planning a winter wedding for January 2016!
I learned about OT and PT in 6th grade and decided that I wanted to be an OT as a junior in high school and I've never looked back! I've been an occupational therapist for almost 8 years and began my career in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting working with older adults recovering from surgical procedures and medical complications.
When I first began looking at transitioning to the school system and pediatric population I was nervous, scared, excited and intrigued all at once! After learning more at PTS, inc. and the team atmosphere and resources that were already available as a part of this unbelievable company the decision was easy!
I am currently working out of a Montgomery County school district with a mostly elementary school caseload (K-4). I have also had a life skills caseload throughout my time with PTS, inc which really balances out my OT skills in the school system.
I love to be an organized OT, creating functional and efficient documentation tools and keeping my calendar and to-do lists color coded! During the school year, I create weekly themes and crafts that I modify for the majority of the students I work with (talk about activity analysis, activity grading, and therapeutic use of self!). I find that having a plan from the start decreases planning time and prep time once IEPs, evaluations, and screens start popping up!
As I continue to grow as an OT and a school-based OT, I love learning about new techniques, tools, strategies, and activities that I can use to help students gain new skills as well as help teachers and staff as well. My goal is always to help students grow and develop their skills while supports the entire team. I'm excited to be working on developing a handwriting instruction manual for K and 1st grade teachers and am also brainstorming other ideas for body awareness, self-regulation, organizational skills, and direction following.
The options are endless as an OT and I'm excited to continue to grow both personally and as a pediatric therapist with the PTS team!
Mary Adolf, M.S., OTR/L
Mary Adolf received her bachelor degree in Psychology in May 1993 from Widener University. She was a research assistant for a faculty professor and completed many hours of research at the on campus preschool/kindergarten. Mary entered the graduate program for Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in September 1994. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1996. While a graduate student, she conducted research with a faculty member on “sensory integration deficits in at risk infants,” conducting assessments with infants, interviewing families and entering statistical data.
Mary has been practicing Occupational Therapy for 19 years this August. Her service provision has been in the pediatric population, serving infants and children in early intervention from 1996 to 2008. Mary entered the school age population from 2008 to present, serving K through 5.
Mary is married to Paul (her high school sweetheart) and has two sons, Tyler and Sam (16 and 13), and two fur babies, Lady and Liberty. Mary and her family enjoy vacations, regular visits to OCNJ, watching Eagles’ games on Sunday, biking/walking the Chester Valley Trail, and anything Disney related! Most of the Adolf family’s time, however, is spent on a baseball field, watching the boys play ball.
Mary’s aspirations for her field include being resourceful and teaching others how to find the help/support they need and ways to find affordable materials to make activities to benefit their children. Integration into the classroom is also important, and Mary hopes she extends to teachers and other staff ways to encourage focus, attention and self-regulation in the classroom setting. Occupational therapy is a versatile field that can contribute greatly to the school setting.
Candice Donnelly-Knox, OTR/L
Candice a Director of Clinical Services and RtII Development for Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Inc. Candice launched The Capable Classroom as a way to allow the “outside the box” therapy thinkers to create new programs, games, activities so all students can access the benefits of therapy. Candice is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at Elizabethtown College. Since 2003, Candice has worked with children in both the private and public school settings. She has experience in working with students with Cerebral Palsy, AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities and children with visual impairments. Candice has certifications in Therapeutic Listening, Level 1, Level 2 and Adaptive Bal-A-Vis-X. Candice enjoys organizing events and learning experiences for school-based professionals such as Yoga Kids: Tools for Schools. Candice is dedicated to collaborating with professionals that provide high-quality therapeutic services to help children reach their fullest potential. Candice is proud to introduce Team Capable Classroom to you. We’re ready to rock the therapy world!