Position:   President/Owner, Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:      BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                   MA - Communication Science and Disorders

 

Jill Motsett Maliszewski was born into a military family in Peoria, Illinois, and although she has lived many places, including Canada and Mexico, she and her family call Jacksonville home.  As a teenager, Jill babysat for a hearing impaired child; thus began her interest in the world of communication.  She received her BA in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University, and her MA  in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Central Florida

 

 

Jill Motsett Maliszewski, MA CCC-SLP

President/Owner

Jill has dedicated nearly two decades to providing services to children with special needs.  She provides evaluation and treatment for a variety of speech/language and communication disorders.  Jill has experience working with children with hearing loss, autism, Down Syndrome, cleft palate, developmental delays, Apraxia of speech, auditory processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor/feeding issues as well as children with augmentative/alternative needs.  Her genuine love for serving the pediatric population continues to be her passion. Her training in apraxia is extensive and contributes to her success with treating childhood speech disorders. Her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders is reflected in her desire to facilitate communication between children with Autism and their family members and peers. Her dedication to the speech pathology profession is sincere as Jill continues to provide mentoring and supervision to graduate students completing their clinical internships.

Continuing Education and Specialty Training:

  • Motor Coordination Disorders: Impact on Education

  • Practical Strategies, Interventions and Treatments for Sensory Processing Disorder in Children & Adolescents

  • Introduction to PROMPT: Technique

  • PROMPT - Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets

  • A Sensory-Motor Approach to Apraxia of Speech and Related Motor Sppech Disorders

  • Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach

  • Understanding, Diagnosing & Treating ADHD 

  • Motor Coordination Disorders: Impcat on Education

  • Effective Neurological Management of Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills

  • Children Who Struggle to Speak: The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol

  • The Power of Play: Effective Play-Based Therapy and Early Intervention

  • Suspected Apraxia and Early Intervention

  • Asperger's Disorder and Autism: An Update on Understanding and Interventions

  • Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention

  • The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges

  • Learn to Play the NDT way

  • Totally Treatment Expanded: Sensory Integration & D.I.R. Floortime

Meet our

Lauren Adams,

OTR/L, CEIS

Position:   Occupational Therapist

Degree:      BS - Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology

                                      

I have been working in the early intervention population for almost 20 years and absolutely love making a difference in the lives of children.  Since moving from Massachusetts in 2005, I have taken full advantage of the gorgeous Florida weather.  In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, checking out the sights in St. Augustine, shopping at the Riverside Arts Market, going to the gym, and spending time with my friends and family.

 I love that each day is so different from the next as each of the children on my caseload are unique and present with differing strengths and needs.  Working as a pediatric occupational therapist is such a rewarding career as I get to be a part of helping a child achieve their goals through play.  There is nothing that beats the smile on a child's face when they have accomplished a goal that they have been working toward during therapy. 

Continuing Education and Specialty Training:

  • Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach

  • Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture 1 and 2

  • Diane Bahr's An Integrated Approach to Oral Motor Therapy: Infancy through Geriatrics

  • Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Right-Brain Thinkers

  • Brachial Plexus Injuries in Children

  • Pediatric Yoga

Position:   Infant/Toddler Development Specialist

Degree:    BA - Family and Consumer Sciences/ Child Development & Family Studies

                   

                 

Marilee has enjoyed working with children in a variety of ways over the past 22 years.  She has worked as an Early Interventionist for 10 years, both in a children's hospital and in the community.  She's also worked in the area of special education in K-2nd grades. She loves working with kids, encouraging them to reach their potential and promoting their development.  Marilee is a graduate from California State University Long Beach and has attended UTC for Post Baccalaureate classes in education.  

Continuing Education and Specialty Training

  • ESL Certificate

  • CIMI Certified Infant Massage Instructor

  • HWT Level 1 Certification

  • Commission on Teacher Credentialing

  • CPR & First Aid Certified

Marilee Adkins,

ITDS

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    MS Communication and Science Disorders

                   

                 

Claire was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in speech-language pathology from Florida State University in 2014. After graduation, Claire moved to the northeast with her husband, though recently moved back to Jacksonville to be near family and the beach! Claire has gained diverse experiences working within early intervention, school-age, and transition populations across a variety of communication disorders and settings. Claire received specialized training in autism spectrum disorders and early intervention populations. She is passionate about her work in early intervention and autism spectrum disorder populations, specifically on applying the use of caregiver coaching strategies within these populations to build meaningful and effective communication between children and their families.

Claire Avey,

MS, CCC-SLP 

Maureen Fischer, 

OTR/L

Position:   Occupational Therapist

Degree:      BS - Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology

                                      

My family and I moved to Ponte Vedra from Balitmore, MD, in 2017, and absolutely love the beach and exploring our new home state! 

I fell in love with occupational therapy in high school, when I was fortunate enough to have taken a medical careers classs that introduced me to the profession.  I chose my college, East Carolina University, based on the fact that there was an OT school there.  I have been an OT for 20 years, with the past 11 years being in early intervention.  I have worked with infants and young children with developmental delays, prematurity, Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, brachial plexus injuries and multiple complex medical or genetic disorders. I started my career at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where I worked in the ICU, acute care, inpatient rehab, and was the primary pediatric therapist in the NICU and pediatric floors.  I went on to work in the outpatient setting, working with both adults and children with multiple dianoses.  In conjunction with a pediatrician, I also developed a protocol for infants with brachial plexus injuries.  I also have experience working with school-age children with fine motor and visual motor impairments.  

My experience is varied, but my true passion is working with children and families and helping them reach their potential through functional play activities.  

Paige Farinella,

MS, CCC-SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Education/Communication Science and Disorders

 

Paige Farinella began her passion for special education and speech-language pathology when she started working in her aunt’s daycare at the age of 16. She has enjoyed working with the pediatric and school-age population ever since. Paige was born and raised right here in Jacksonville, leaving only to pursue an undergraduate degree from the Florida State University. (Go ‘Noles!) She graduated with a B.A in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Family and Child Sciences in 2010. She began pursuing her master’s degree through FSU’s distance learning program in 2013, where she was introduced to the wonderful world that is Play Works Therapies. She graduated with an M.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2016. She completed her CFY with Duval County Public Schools, where she has worked as an SLP for the past six years. Last year, she was nominated as a candidate for the Susan P. Fuller Award for SLP of the year. Paige’s experience with DCPS has exposed her to providing therapy to the multicultural population. She is working towards fluency in Spanish, but also has a passion for learning French and Tagalog. Paige was recently married in March and the Farinella’s are expecting their first child this coming April. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, painting & crafts, and spending time with family.

Continuing Education and Specialty Training:

  • Adapt-a-Book using Boardmaker Software

  • Advanced Adapt-a-Book

  • Foundations for Positive Behavior Support

  • Creating Visual Supports Using Boardmaker or LessonPix

  • Social Stories

  • Autism Navigator

Nicole Richardson

Position:  Occupational Therapist

Degree:  BS - Occupational Therapy

                 

Nicole is a graduate of University of Florida Health Science Center with a major in Occupational Therapy.  She has over 15 years experience working with children and familes in hom, school, clinic, and hospital settings -- both locally and abroad.  Nicole is a native of Florida, a mother of five (including a set of twins), and a proud military spouse.  

Bernadette Smail

MS, CCC-SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Education/Communication Science and Disorders

Bernadette is a certified speech-language pathologist that has always enjoyed working with children. From her early days of babysitting to her current career she enjoys watching children grow and develop. In high school Bernadette was looking into studying education when a teacher mentioned the field of speech therapy. She looked into it, took her first class, was hooked and never looked back.

Born and raised in Virginia, Bernadette attained a B.S. from James Madison University and a graduate degree from Old Dominion University. She has been providing speech-language therapy services to children in the early intervention setting (birth to three) and the clinic setting for over 6 years. After marrying in August of 2015, she relocated with her husband to Jacksonville.  In her spare time Bernadette enjoys going to the beach, reading and spending time with friends and family as much as possible!

                   

Nicholle Sturm,

SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Psychology

                 BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Speech-Language Pathology

Nicholle has over 13 years of experience working with children who have developmental delays to meet their speech and language needs. Nicholle is always willing to go the extra mile in coaching and supporting families on effective ways to play and learn with their children.    

Nicole Terry

ITDS

Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist

BA - Child Psychology

                 

Nicole is an early childhood professional with education and experience in child psychology and early childhood development over the past 16 years. She has diverse specialized experience working with infants and toddlers with special needs and developmental delays. She has worked as a service coordinator, early learning specialist and inclusion specialist for child care centers in Jacksonville, Florida. She is working towards a certification for a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and then will pursue a certification as an Applied Behavior Analyst (ABA). She enjoys working with kids and loves that she can help them improve their developmental skills.

Camille Velardo, 

MSSW/ITDS

Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist

BS - Psychology

MSSW - Master's of Science in Social Work

                 

Camille Velardo is a wife and the mother of two wonderful children.  She has dedicated the last 18 years to the development of infants and toddlers.  During this time, her roles have included teacher, service coordinator, and early learning developmental specialist to local child care centers.  Camille has a heart for working with our "littlest learners" and truly finds the utmost joy in seeing every child reach their full potential.

Kaitlin Vickery, 

MS, CCC-SLP

Position:   Speech Language Pathologist

Degree:    BS - Psychology

                 BA - Communication Science and Disorders

                 MS - Speech-Language Pathology

Kaitlin graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders. She continued her education at Nova Southeastern University earning her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Kaitlin has experience working in a private practice/outpatient setting, schools, and a behavioral and private clinic with ABA therapists, working with children aged 2-18 years. She has experience working with Early Intervention, Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Receptive/Expressive Language Delay/Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder, Pragmatic/Social Skill Deficits and Down Syndrome. Kaitlin is PROMPT Trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys traveling, working out at the gym, going to Yoga, going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.  

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