The GTS Team
“It is truly an honor to be invited into the lives of the families I serve, and each experience I have with a child enriches my life and helps me to grow as a therapist.”
Casey began her journey working with children with special needs in 2005 at an Early Intervention Center in New York. It was there that she developed her love of helping children, supporting families, and witnessed children thriving in their natural environments. Casey went on to earn a post-baccalaureate degree in Health Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Upon graduation, Casey became a traveling therapist working at schools, Autism Centers, and hospitals in California and Washington.
During her travels, she honed her skills and experience in Neuro Therapy and Sensory Integration. These skills have helped countless children to improve in the following areas:
- social skills so that they could build friendships with their peers
- feeding skills to improve their health and strengthen the bond between child and caregiver
- language development in order to express their feelings and wants to others
- help for families to deepen their understanding of their child’s needs.
Casey has always viewed her role as an Occupational Therapist to be a calling and not just a job. Her dream is to empower parents who feel lost and out of control. Casey believes there is nothing more rewarding than watching a parent feel more connected to their child, and for a parent to discover that they do have the tools to support their child. Therapy is a team effort, and a collaboration. Believing that no two children are exactly alike, Casey works with families to provide customized support to fit their unique needs.
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“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with clients and their families, and to share joy through helping them achieve both the ordinary and the extraordinary.”
Katie developed her passion for working with children with special needs within her role as a classroom aide as well as a coach for a sports-based program for children and youth with autism. In pursuit of her passion, Katie completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2018. She was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Student Award for achieving the highest GPA within her graduating class and the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary Outstanding Achievement Award. Katie has also been awarded the CanChild Research award in Pediatrics and is a co-author of the McMaster Handwriting Assessment Protocol which was published in September 2018.
Through Katie’s academic and clinical experiences she developed technical skills through the practice of evidence-based treatment with diverse populations. She is thrilled to be a member of the GTS team and to pursue her passion of working with children. Katie’s gentle, positive, and creative personality keeps children engaged and motivated to work on the skills they need to succeed in everyday life.
“I am so grateful to have found my calling in life as an occupational therapist. The opportunity to help families learn and grow together makes every day more and more meaningful.”
Kaitlyn’s passion for becoming an occupational therapist began with her volunteer work with injured veterans at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. After meeting the occupational therapists in the amputee care center, she knew empowering others to be independent in daily life was her calling. Kaitlyn received her B.S. in Health Sciences and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Scranton. Throughout the course of her education, Kaitlyn spent summers working with children with Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Her passion for working with children and their families quickly and easily matched her passion for working with veterans.
In addition to her role as a team member of GTS, Kaitlyn currently works on Microsoft’s Inclusive Vision Team. In this role, she is able to use clinical knowledge of disability and adaption to help inform accessibility efforts of future products. Her primary area of focus is helping children enjoy playing video games with their friends and family once again through her work with the Xbox Adaptive Controller. Her goal is to help the company create more accessible technology that will ultimately empower individuals with disabilities to unlock pieces of their world that may have been inaccessible before and improve quality of life.
Kaitlyn is incredibly excited to be apart of the GTS team. She believes that GTS’ approach of providing care inside the home fosters true collaboration with the family and a more thorough understanding of all aspects of a child and their family’s life.