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Friday, April 27 News

Children's Therapy center opens on Black Rock Turnpike

The recently opened Children's Therapy and Learning Center, 2228 Black Rock Turnpike, marked its formal opening April 28.

The center offers specialized services for children including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social skills and instruction groups, behavioral consultation, academic tutoring, and an end-of-summer program to offer educational support.

The founding partners are Stefanie Saad Seanor, a licensed occupational therapist, and Maybette Waldron of Fairfield, a licensed speech and language pathologist. The two worked together in a practice in Trumbull, but have opened this new practice closer to their homes.

Seanor, an Easton resident, has experience evaluating and planning intervention strategies for children and adults with learning, sensory and psychiatric needs. She has worked in both New York and Connecticut, and has training in sensory integration, neuro-developmental treatments, behavior modification, psychosocial skills, feeding and oral-motor therapies, fine/visual motor skills, and experience in the field of handwriting development for children ages 3-12.

Waldron has worked with children and adults in schools, rehabilitation settings and private practice. She is a member of the American Academy of Private Practice; is certified by the American Board of Disability Analysts; has lectured on swallowing disorders, and provided services in language and speech development and disabilities. Waldron also has training and experience in the field of social skills training for all ages.

The center's staff also includes teachers, a school psychologist, a behavioralist and other consultants.

"We assess children and decide what services they need," Waldron said. "It depends on the need of the child -- speech articulation issues, language issues, occupational therapy, tutoring and handwriting -- a lot of children need help in handwriting," she said.

Among the center's clients are special needs children and children with learning disabilities, but also children who just need a boost, Waldron said. These may be children who the school has not identified as needing special education services, but whose parents want to augment their child's learning and help them reach their full potential.

The center's summer learning program is designed to help children transition back to school and includes work in social skills, reading comprehension, verbal expression, creative movement, sensory processing and writing skills. "We help them get ready for school, to boost their confidence," Waldron said.

The center also treats adults at reserved times, and accepts insurance.

For more information, visit www.childtherapycenter.com or call 203-908-4433.