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All team members use evidence- based practices based on the knowledge of how children learn in order to build the capacity of parents and caregivers to help their infants and toddlers grow and learn through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.  Service delivery is governed by state and federal disability law.

 


Kelly

Kelley Brummett is an early interventionist with a specialization in Early Childhood Special Education.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Life from the University of Kansas and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Kansas State University.  She has achieved her certificate in Infant Mental Health through the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health. She has worked in the early childhood field since 2007. 

 

 

 

 

Chris

Chris Grosnick is an early interventionist with a specialization in speech-language pathology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University and her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kansas State University.  She has been working in the field of early intervention since 1991. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (KSHA), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), and is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Chris’ special interests include collaborating with and providing support to families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

 

Lori Haefele

Lori Haefele is an early interventionist with a specialization in physical therapy. Lori received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 1998.  She has vast experience in physical therapy including in-patient, out-patient and home health settings.   She has been exclusively working in the field of pediatrics since 2003 and has expertise working with infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities due to neurological, musculoskeletal, and medical issues.   Lori focuses on empowering parents and caregivers to promote the participation of their infants and toddlers in functional and meaningful activities within their home and community.  She can offer resources that include therapeutic activities and assistive technology. Lori is a licensed physical therapist through the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is active in continuing education annually. 


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Susie Higgins is an early interventionist with a specialization in speech-language pathology.  She graduated in 1993 with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Illinois.   She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), and is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). She has worked in a variety of settings, most recently with preschoolers and infants and toddlers. She enjoys working with families in their homes because of the excellent opportunities that provides to impact young lives.  Focusing on the many opportunities children have to practice new skills throughout their day helps them reach their full potential.

 

Micah Karl is an early interventionist with a specialization in speech pathology. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kansas State University in 1999.  She continued her education and received a second Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2003 from Kansas State University.  Currently, Micah is completing coursework in Behavioral Consultant Behavioral Analysis (BCBA) from Florida Institute of Technology in order to certify as a Behavior Consultant for families of children with Autism.   Micah has been working as a pediatric speech pathologist, specializing in the birth to three population since 1999. She enjoys working with families and brainstorming ways to incorporate child development and learning tasks into daily routines and activities. Micah is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), and is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).  She also holds a special education teaching certificate in early childhood by the Kansas Department of Education (KDEC).

Amy Payne has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1999 and gained experience in the areas of adult rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home health, adult/pediatric head injury, with 17 of those years specific towards school-based and early intervention.  She graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of Kansas and is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Kansas.  She truly enjoys collaborating with and providing support to families with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, developmental delays and prematurity.

 

 

 

3Sandy Preston is an early interventionist with a specialization in dietetics. She is a registered and licensed dietitian.  She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor degree in Dietetics.  She has been working in the field since 1983.   She really enjoys working with families to improve their health by using real foods as medicine.  Fermenting foods, increasing vegetable intake, sourcing quality foods and cooking at home are all topics she loves sharing with others. Sandy also helps families find healthy alternatives for food sensitivities and allergies. 

 

 

 

 Jeanette Schwartz is an early interventionist with a specialization in occupational therapy since 1995 working in the area of early childhood and early intervention. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center and a Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Kansas State University and is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Kansas. Jeanette's special interests include promoting the attachment relationship between parents and young children with exceptionalities and helping families learn to address their children's unique sensory needs. She has also received specialized training in addressing the effects of childhood trauma.