Casey Halper, Director of Play to Achieve, is a pediatric Occupational Therapist and Consultant in New York City and New Jersey. She specializes in developing and implementing handwriting and sensory regulation strategies for preschool and school-aged children. As a consultant at West End Day School, she presents educational seminars for parents and teachers, as well as leads handwriting groups for children. At Rodeph Sholom School, Casey participates on a multisensory team to determine appropriate therapeutic recommendations.
Casey has earned a reputation amongst several prestigious Manhattan schools for effectively treating children with handwriting, attention, and organizational issues.
In 2001, Casey received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has received certifications in therapeutic techniques including Handwriting without Tears, Mindfulness for Children, Zones of Regulation, and Building Blocks to Executive Functioning.
Audrey Kent, Director of Play to Achieve, is a certified Speech Language Pathologist in New York City and New Jersey. She supports preschool and school-aged children of all ability levels in the areas of speech and language development. She previously worked in elementary schools within the NYC Department of Education delivering therapy and staff consultation for a wide range of speech-language and learning challenges. She has vast experience providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to children who have difficulty with expressive and receptive language, articulation and phonological skills, reading and literacy, organization as well as social communication skills.
Audrey maintains certification in Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed by the State of New York and New Jersey and holds the TSLD certification from The New York Board of Education. She earned a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University.
Yani’s passion for Occupational Therapy began in high school when she volunteered to assist in the care of a neighbor’s child with special needs. In 2018, she achieved her goal of becoming a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant after earning her degree from Eastwick College in Ramsey, NJ. She has experience in working with children in schools, day cares, and home care with a variety of diagnoses including autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, neurological conditions, and behavioral difficulties. She has also worked with adults in rehabilitation settings.
Yani is committed to pursuing additional training and continuously adding tools to her therapy tool box. She holds certifications in handwriting skill development, sensory processing integration, and motor planning skills. Yani is a kind and compassionate therapist whose creative and playful approach to therapy keeps children engaged and motivated to participate in order to reach their treatment goals.
Dale Pilchman has taught in the South Orange/Maplewood School District for more than 25 years. In addition to classroom teaching, she has maintained a private practice providing instruction in keyboarding and study skills using a multi-sensory approach to students of all ages. Currently, lessons are provided virtually.