148 West State Street Suite 304 Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone; 610-947-0404. Fax 610-947-0405
Neurodiversity, Strengths, and Relationships
Relationship Based Occupational and Speech-Language Therapy Proudly Serving Southern Chester County, PA and Surrounding Areas
Meet the Team
MOT, OTR/L, IMC, DIR-FT
Occupational Therapist/Founder/Co-Clinical Director
Roots: After growing up in Delaware County, Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University in 2002. While teaching an inclusive 3rd grade class, she discovered the field of occupational therapy. Cindy obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy from Temple University in 2006. While a graduate intern at Temple, Cindy had the privilege of conducting interviews with autistic adults, both speaking and non-speaking. This experience allowed her to learn from true experts. Highly influenced by these interviews, Cindy's philosophy, practice, and "way of living" is strongly rooted in always presuming intellect.
Professional Experiences "The Bloom": Cindy brings 15 years of OT experience in a wide variety of settings with clients across the lifespan. These settings include the NICU, acute care, rehabilitation, hospital outpatient in pediatrics and adults, private practice outpatient, early intervention, preschool, sensory and interest based social groups, aquatic therapy and specialized private and public schools that included programs for autistic adolescents and young adults.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Cindy has participated in specialized training and mentorship in Sensory Integration, DIRFloortime through ICDL, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, kinesiology taping, Handwriting Without Tears, Size Matters Handwriting Program, pediatric yoga and mindfulness, infant massage, aquatic therapy, and NDT. Cindy is certified in Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems, Safe and Sound Protocol and Focus System.
Cindy has completed multiple trainings with ICDL and earned her certificate of proficiency in DIR-Floortime. She is also completing a training on a new found interest- Gestalt Language Processors.
Why: Bloom and Grow Therapy Services was launched to provide high quality OT to the greater Southern Chester County area with a focus on relationships, sensory processing, and strengths. Cindy currently holds OT licenses in PA, DE, and MD. Cindy resides in West Grove, PA with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys anything musical, watching her children play sports, and time spent in the mountains, down the shore, and OBX.
Cydney Panichi, COTA/L, IMC, DIR-FT
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
In-office sessions as well as home and school visits in Kennett Square area
Roots: Cydney grew up in Chester County PA where she graduated from Unionville High School. After high school, she worked as a teaching assistant in an Autistic support classroomat the Delaware County Intermediate Unit. It was here that she found her passion for helping children learn and grow as well as her love for Occupational Therapy. Cydney went on to pursue her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant at Harcum College and graduated in 2016.
Professional Experiences: “The Bloom”: Cydney has 15 years of experience working with the
pediatric population throughout her life. Prior to becoming a COTA, she spent many years babysitting infants/children and was even a full time nanny for multiples. This is where she learned a lot about the importance of development! After graduation, Cydney gained experience working as a COTA both in an outpatient setting as well as a school-based setting. She also spent some time working with the Geriatric population in a Skilled Nursing setting.
Specialized Training: “The Grow”: Cydney’s passion for working with children started when she was younger and continues to grow as she furthers her career. After experiencing the
importance and great benefits of DIRFloortime, she went on to receive her certification. She is also certified in Interactive Metronome. Cydney also has experience with Tomatis sound therapy and sand tray therapy. She hopes to one day receive her certification in sand tray therapy and Trauma-Informed care. Cydney is currently in the process of completing her formal training/certification with Infant Massage USA.
Why: Cydney believes in the importance of helping children grow and develop to their utmost potential. She feels as though relationships play a key role in both of those pieces and strives to create an individual
relationship with each of her clients. Cydney also sees and understands the significance of social-emotional skills in development. She loves to work on building these skills.
Rachel Parisi, MS, OTR/L, IMC
Senior Occupational Therapist
Roots: Rachel grew up in Chester County, PA and graduated from Downingtown East High School. She attended Temple University and went on to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. She specialized in Pediatric Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her passion and dedication to help families and children started in high school and continues to increase as she furthers her experience and continuing education in her field.
Professional Experiences "The Bloom": Rachel has over 11 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings which include: private schools, outpatient clinics, pediatric hospitals, and early intervention in homes.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Rachel continues to learn and enhance her level of expertise in the field. She has received mentorship and training on sensory integration and DIRFloortime. She is certified in Interactive Metronome. She values education and enjoys searching for ways to learn and further her expertise.
Why: Rachel believes in the power of educating families to enhance their child’s development. She strongly believes relationships shape the way a child grows and develops. She understands the importance of social-emotional skills and loves to collaborate with families in order to help a child bloom and grow.
Kristin Zucconi, MA, CCC-SLP
Senior Speech Language Pathologist/Mentor
Roots: Kristin grew up Montgomery county before graduating from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders. Following PSU, she obtained her master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kent State University. During her final year at Penn State, Kristin was introduced to Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) which propelled her passion for working with individuals that cannot rely on verbal speech alone to communicate.
Professional Experiences "The Bloom": Kristin has 9+ years working primarily with children in a variety of settings including the home, public schools, specialty private schools, out-patient facilities, and private clinics. She has worked with individuals with a wide range of diagnoses including Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental delay, stroke, concussion, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and more.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Kristin is a PROMPT trained therapist who uses her skills frequently. (Even if that means practicing on her own husband and children!) She is also a certified Proloquo2go therapist. Kristin has taken multiple continuing education courses to expand her knowledge of different AAC programs including, but not limited to, LAMP, Novachat, and Touch chat. In January 2022, Kristin was selected to an elite group of professionals to be in a pilot program through 'Communication for Education' to help AAC users communicate to their fullest potential. The pilot is funded by Ability Central and Autism and communication Center at California Lutheran University. Kristin has received training from ICDL in DIRFloortime. She is one of a small group of professionals certified as a Natural Language Acquisition trained SLP to support Gestalt Language processors.
Why: Kristin strongly believes that the team approach is incredibly valuable. That 'team' is not complete without the family of the child or individual at the focus of therapy. Empowering families with the knowledge and confidence to not only help their child communicate, but also to advocate for them, is one of her biggest joys of the team approach.
Claudia Tramell, MOT, OTR/L
Lead Occupational Therapist- The Roots Program (Phoenixville/West Chester off-site sessions for birth-5 year olds)
Roots: Claudia grew up in Connecticut before attending La Salle University. Claudia witnessed the everyday miracles that can happen as a result of therapy intervention first hand when her father suffered a stroke while she was still in high school. This sparked her interest in the field and results in her dedication to building strong relationships with families. She went on to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Temple University.
Professional Experiences "The Bloom": Claudia has over 15 years of OT experience working in a variety of clinical and private settings including acute care, rehabilitation, adult day centers, assisted living facilities, home health, and brain injury. Claudia’s recent professional experience has focused on early intervention services in preschools and homes.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Claudia is currently pursuing DIRFloortime training through ICDL and plans to advance her course work over the next year. She has also participated in a variety of continuing education trainings including pediatric yoga, Sensory Integration, holistic evaluation approaches, pediatric neurology and emotional regulation. Claudia is also a Peak Pilates Level II instructor and enjoys implementing the Pilates principles to support her client’s success and growth. She loves being a student is always interested in learning something new.
Why: Claudia believes that every child has the potential to do great things. She also thinks that it takes “a village” to do so. Claudia truly values the importance of team collaboration, with the most critical members being the child and their family. She is committed to sharing her professional knowledge, creative thinking and resources to empower them as well as develop trust and faith. Claudia encourages continuous communication to support progress and success.
Kara Shipley, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
After school sessions and Saturdays
Roots: Kara grew up in Northern New Jersey. While in high school, she worked as a dietary assistant at a nursing home, and that is when she first saw the impact that communication has on one’s quality of life. She shadowed the speech-language pathologist and decided it was the perfect career for her. After high school, Kara attended La Salle University for both her bachelor’s and master’s Degrees in speech-language pathology. Now she is happy to call Chester County home.
Professional Experiences “The Bloom”: During graduate school, Kara focused on evaluating and treating children and teens with selective mutism. She saw how anxiety affects communication skills and found passion in treating children with selective mutism. Kara currently works in a local school district serving children with ranging communication needs, including supporting students in both autistic support and life skills classrooms, students with speech sound disorders, developmental delays, and language disorders.
Specialized Training “The Grow”: Kara is familiar with various AAC programs including Proloquo2Go, Snap Core First, LAMP, and Touch Chat. Kara is eager to expand her skillset by enrolling in DIR Floortime courses as well as pursing a certification in Natural Language Acquisition. She attends continuing education classes to remain current on the most up to date therapy approaches.
Why: Kara believes in honoring all forms of communication. She thinks it is important to build strong relationships with children and their families in order to show all of the ways their child is communicating to them. She is excited to help families learn how to be good listeners and communication partners.
Melissa Crowell, MOT, OTR/L
Roots: Melissa grew up in Chester County, where she graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2015. While attending Avon Grove, Melissa discovered the field of occupational therapy through the Allied Health Program at the Technical College High School- Pennock’s Bridge Campus. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 from West Chester University where she majored in Exercise Science and minored in Psychology. Through her undergraduate internships, Melissa discovered the wonderful world of pediatric OT. After graduation, Melissa moved to Southern California to study occupational therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2021.
Professional Experiences "The Bloom": While attending occupational therapy school in California, Melissa had the opportunity to gain experiences in both the inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient pediatric settings. Melissa completed her first level II fieldwork experience at Casa Colina Hospitals and Centers for Healthcare in Pomona, CA. Here, she was a part of the spinal cord injury team and enjoyed being a part of her patient’s journeys. Melissa completed her second level II fieldwork experience at the Launchpad Therapy for Kids in San Juan Capistrano, CA. This experience enriched her knowledge of sensory integration and the importance of play and having fun! After completing her master’s degree at the University of St. Augustine, Melissa moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Melissa has gained experience with spinal cord injury rehabilitation, Ayres’ Sensory Integration, hippotherapy, outpatient pediatrics, and school-based OT.
Why: Melissa believes in the importance of teamwork and collaboration with a child and their family. She loves working with kids to find and highlight their strengths and help them reach their highest potential.
Megan O'Sullivan, MS, OTR/L
Home sessions in Delaware County
The Roots: Megan was born and raised in Delaware County and graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2014 with her Bachelors in Biology and a minor of study in Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics. She discovered occupational therapy when she was looking for a way to combine her interests in science with her talent for performing arts and her passion for relationship-based and immersion-focused community service. She went on to receive her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in 2016.
Professional Experiences “The Bloom”: During OT school, Megan gained invaluable experience researching, planning, and implementing social and emotional learning curriculums for children served by Project HOME’s afterschool programs in North Philadelphia, which led to presentations for both state and national association OT conferences. Megan now brings 6 years of experience in various pediatric therapy settings to Bloom and Grow including preschool early intervention in home, school, and clinic-based settings; outpatient private practice; school-based practice; and multiple disabilities, life skills, and intensive support classrooms for students age 5 to 21.
Specialized Training “The Grow”: Megan has focused much of her continuing education on neurodiversity-affirming and strengths-based approaches to autism and disabilities, trauma informed care, emotional and sensory-based regulation, interoception, and assistive technology and AAC.
Why: No matter her degrees, experience, or trainings, Megan knows that the true expert in the life of a child with disabilities is, first and foremost, the child themselves, and then the caregivers that support them every day. While following the child’s lead, she takes pride in her ability to collaborate with families, therapists, and educators to help children gain skills, adapt, self-advocate, and live their fullest self-determined life.
Maggie Battista MS, CCC-SLP
Roots: Maggie grew up in Berks County before graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Human Development. Following Penn State, she obtained her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She pursued Speech Pathology after her grandmother had a stroke and was left unable to communicate her basic wants and needs. She currently resides in Chester County with her husband.
Professional Experiences “The Bloom”: Maggie has 6+ years working primarily with adults in the acute hospital and outpatient setting. She has also worked with Early Intervention services in pre-school and in home settings and also with elementary and high school students. She has worked with a wide range of diagnoses including: strokes, dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, cognitive communication, concussion, autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, development delay, neurological disorders, and more.
Specialized Training "The Grow": Maggie is currently certified in MBSImp. She continues to grow daily by staying up to date with current research and taking continuing education courses. She is excited to expand her knowledge by taking courses on DIRfloortime. Maggie looks forward to becoming PROMPT certified in the future.
Why: Maggie strongly believes that every child should have the chance to reach their highest communication potential. Team collaboration and incorporating family into therapy is critical for child development. It is important to assist parents in implementing strategies to overcome challenges and obstacles, as well as to help their children become functional communicators.
Lauren Fox MA, CCC-SLP
Roots: Lauren grew up in Suffolk County, New York, where she acquired her love for facilitating play-based interactions with children at a young age through babysitting experiences. After graduating from Hauppauge High School, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Psychology, from Towson University in Maryland. She then completed her Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Hofstra University in New York. Lauren’s approach to therapy is collaborative and rooted in establishing and maintaining genuine relationships with the children and families that she works with as they are the “heart” of the team.
Professional Experiences “The Bloom”: Lauren brings over 17 years of experience in an extensive range of settings to Bloom and Grow. These settings include early intervention home services, over six years of preschool based services, outpatient pediatric private practice, elementary schools with special programs, middle school, an inpatient skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility and her current position as an evaluator on a child find multidisciplinary team. Lauren is very grateful for the invaluable experience of living in Seoul, South Korea from 2010 to 2012 where she enjoyed immersing herself in their beautiful culture, working as a lead preschool teacher for an international school of students with diverse linguistic backgrounds and working as a speech language pathologist for the Department of Defense Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities program and elementary school. Some of Lauren’s professional experiences include providing family/staff trainings, feeding safety management in the school setting, augmentative and alternative communication approaches, supporting neurodiverse affirming approaches, trauma-informed approaches and focusing on pragmatic skills for helping children build meaningful relationships with others, express their authentic thoughts, wants and needs and navigate social interactions. She works hard towards individualizing assessment and therapeutic approaches for each child.
Specialized Training “The Grow”: Lauren loves to continually learn new therapy techniques, in a wide range of ASHA accredited topics, to benefit her clients and to keep up to date with the latest research. This is evidenced by an ACE award presented to her by ASHA in 2021 for demonstrated excellence and dedication to lifelong learning. Some recent coursework that Lauren took includes: Autistic Communication and the Neurodiversity Paradigm, Using Natural Language Acquisition to Support Autistic and Neurotypical Gestalt Language, Robust Vocabulary Instruction for Students Who Use AAC, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) and AAC for Early Intervention. Lauren also obtained her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification in 2019 and enjoys incorporating mindfulness techniques to help her clients learn and grow.
Why: Lauren believes that everyone deserves a voice and we should always presume that each person has something to say. She is passionate about working together with children and their families to help empower each child with effective modes of communication for self-generating their own authentic messages, sharing their own thoughts and ideas and expressing their own feelings.
Lauren has adored her experience of living in the amazing Kennett Square community for the past two years and is honored for the opportunity to be joining this incredible Bloom and Grow team! She is excited for the possibility of working with you and your child!