Developmental Therapy

 

 

 


 

 

Stacy Berger, Developmental Therapist
Stacey Berger has nine years experience as a Developmental Therapist in the First Steps program.  She was on the eligibility determination (ED) team for over 5 years.  Stacy graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Individual and Family Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Development.  She has experience with ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy and has completed home programs.  She has worked with many children with developmental delays, language delays, autism, Down syndrome and attention deficit disorder.  Stacy’s strengths are her interpersonal skills, work ethic, reliability and her love for children!  She is the mother to two girls and a son.

 

Kelcie Courtney, Developmental Therapist
Kelcie graduated from Ball State University in 2014 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development. During her time at Ball State, she was given the opportunity to be an assistant teacher at the Child Study Center on campus. As the assistant teacher, Kelcie developed curriculums, created and implemented age appropriate lesson plans based on the Indiana Foundations, and completed assessments using the ISTAR method. In addition to her degree work, Kelcie completed a number of courses in Speech Pathology and interned with Pediatric Specialty Associates. Kelcie has worked with children with speech delays, developmental delays, autism, drug and alcohol exposure, behavioral problems, and sensory processing disorders. Kelcie is very excited to be a part of the PSA Team! Kelcie grew up in Indianapolis and I enjoy being outdoors, backpacking, and traveling.

Jessica Dagley, Developmental Therapist
Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University in 2002.  She has over 10 years of experience working with children in various settings including schools, First Steps, and privately as a tutor and a nanny.  Jessica has experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, language delay, cerebral palsy, behavioral issues, developmental delays, sensory disorders, and Attention Deficit Disorder.  Her passion is working with families to help a child learn and be successful through play.  Jessica provides support and resources for discipline, sign language, literacy, bedtime/sleep routines and potty training among other developmental issues or concerns.  Jessica is a mother of three young children, ages 4 , 2 and a newborn daughter.  Jessica and her family  live in Greenwood.

Mary Lannon-Developmental Therapist

I graduated from Ball State University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development. Throughout my time at Ball State, I worked at the Child Study Center on campus for a practicum class and also other preschools. At the Child Study Center I learned how to incorporate the Indiana Foundations into lesson planning and I assessed children using the ISTAR method. While interning with PSA, I realized my passion for working with young children in a one on one setting. I have experience working with all children from 1-5 and am excited to be a part of the early intervention process. I am also excited to work with PSA! In my spare time I love to travel and spend time with family and friends.

 

Sharon Phelps, Developmental Therapist

Sharon graduated from college with a double major in Special Education and Elementary Education.  She immediately went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Following her graduation she taught 3rd grade for one year before discovering that her passion is younger children.  For the past four years she has taught on the preschool level and has fallen in love with this age group.  Because Sharon has always enjoyed working with children in a one-on-one setting, she began pursuing the possibility of becoming a Developmental Therapist.  This pursuit led her to pursue a second Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Sharon spends much of her spare time with hobbies such as knitting, reading, collecting teacups, spending time with her large family of nieces and nephews, and is very involved in her father’s church.  She has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses but believes every child deserves to reach their fullest potential.

David Sterne, Developmental Therapist
David earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Manchester College and has over 13 years experience working with children birth-3 years old, which includes over 4 years as an infant/toddler teacher & over 9 years in First Steps. His strengths include providing parent education & advocacy, helping children to learn through play with a specialized focus on communication, and providing resources to families with diverse cultural backgrounds. David has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses including but not limited to autism, pervasive developmental disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, drug exposure, osteogenesis imperfecta, feeding, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, high/low tone, visual impairments, sensory processing, spascity & traches. David enjoys learning, volunteering, listening to music, and spending time with my family and friends.  (David tiene experiencia con ninos de naciento hasta 3 anos en preschool y day cares y 9 anos experiencia durante primeros pasos. El la gusta ayudar los ninos a aprendando durante juego and actividades para comunicacion y capacidades social. El tiene experiencia a trabajar con diferentes terapistas y evalua muchos diferentes diagnosis.  El la gusta aprendando, escuchando a musica, and actividades con su familia y amigos.)

 
Stacie Watters, Developmental Therapist
Stacie holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career as preschool teacher at the Kresge Early Childhood Center in Michigan. She continued to teach while working toward her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a concentration in healthcare. She graduated in 1997 from Wayne State University with her MSW and spent 8 years working as a medical social worker for the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Stacie has had the opportunity to work with families in the hospital in a variety of ways during her career as a social worker and has found this to be immensely rewarding. In 2004 Stacie left the workforce to start her own family and raise her two children. She is very excited to be joining Pediatric Specialty Associates and is looking forward to combining her early childhood experience and social work experience in this new capacity. Stacie is married with two children ages 8 and 7 and lives in Fishers. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Kris Wu, Developmental Therapist
Kris graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with a Kindergarten-Primary Degree and also has an Early Childhood Degree. Kris has had a wide variety of experiences since graduating.  She taught third grade in Indianapolis for three years followed by second grade in Oak Park, IL.  She and her husband made their last move to San Diego for two years where she taught preschool and Kindergarten and then finally settled down afterwards in Indiana where they are raising two boys of their own.  After moving back to Indiana, Kris taught two year olds at a nearby church preschool for five years.  During this time, Kris developed a passion for teaching, nurturing, and working with this early childhood age group.  Four years ago, she began working for Pediatric Specialty Associates as a Developmental Therapist and has enjoyed her time here!  Kris has had the pleasure of working with children who have developmental delays, speech delays, attention deficit disorder, autism and down-syndrome.  Kris thoroughly enjoys getting to know the families and working together as a team to best serve the needs of each child.

 Amy Yates, Developmental Therapist
Amy graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with a degree in Individual and Family Studies with a focus on early Childhood Development.  After Purdue, she worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years and then decided that her true passion was working with children under the age of three in a one-on-one setting.  She has been a Developmental Therapist with Pediatric Specialty Associates for the past 5 years.  During this time she has worked on evaluation teams and has been involved in therapy with children who have developmental delays, speech delays, autism, behavior concerns, cerabal palsy, CMV, Down syndrome, hypotonia, drug exposure, hyperactivity, and sensory processing disorders.  She loves being a part of the Pediatric Specialty Associates team and feels that her knowledge in the area of early childhood development continues to grow with every child that she works with.  Amy lives in Fishers with her husband and 2 sons and daughter.