Emily Kish joined Foundations for Growing as a Speech-Language Pathologist in September 2017. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from West Chester University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Linguistics. Emily attained her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. While in graduate school, she gained experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings. Emily found her passion for pediatrics while working at Foundations for Growing as an assistant throughout graduate school. She went on to complete her clinical fellowship at Foundations for Growing where she collaborated with all disciplines to develop a greater therapeutic skill-set. Emily is Level I PROMPT trained and her interests include preschool/early language development, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Kathleen E. Mascaro, M.ED., BSC, LBS
Kathleen Mascaro provides Foundations for Growing with 11 years of experience in working with children with Special Needs. In her professional career, she has had the opportunity and privilege to work with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Intellectual Disabilities, Down Syndrome and Speech and Language Disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). She began her career in working as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist transitioning to a Behavioral Specialist Consultant. After gaining her Masters in Educational Leadership at Newmann University, and obtaining her Elementary and Special Education Certifications, she worked as Special Education Teacher in Autistic Support, for Lower Merion School District and then as a Special Education Teacher, in Learning Support, in Great Valley School District. Kathleen has been trained in Wilson Reading System, Wilson Fundations, Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing and Verbalizing, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum and a variety of other specialized educational and behavioral programs to support the needs of her clients.
Kate Shilkitus M. ED, BCBA, LBS
Kate Shilkitus started her career with Foundation for Growing in March 2017 as a lead ABA therapist, and is currently providing services as a BCBA. She began her experience in the field while completing her undergraduate work at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 as a Recreational Therapy Intern at Easter Seals. From there, she was introduced to the world of Applied Behavior Analyst and immediately began her graduate work with Arcadia University. Kate is currently working as Board Certified Behavior Analyst to bring attention to the advantages of a collaborative therapy program in the Northeast.
Sadiq Locus M.S., LBS, RBT
Sadiq Locus found his passion for working with children with neurological disorders in high school while helping to organize a Walk for Autism Awareness at Choate Rosemary Hall in 2010. Sadiq graduated from Villanova University in 2015 with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Cognitive Science. Sadiq spent the first 2 years of his career working with children ages ranging from 3 to 18 as a Registered Behavior Technician where he gained experience in the school, home, residential, and community settings. Sadiq attained his Master of Science Degree from Drexel University in Applied Behavior Analysis December of 2017. Sadiq attained his Behavior Specialist License and has completed his BCBA coursework and supervision hours.
Alexis Riiff, M.S., LBS
Alexis Riiff received a Bachelor of Science degree in Autism Behavioral Studies and Interdisciplinary Health Services from Saint Joseph’s University and a Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Drexel University. In the 3 years following the completion of her undergraduate degree, Alexis worked at Bancroft where she was an ABA therapist in both a special education school and residential setting. Her responsibilities included teaching children of various ages social and daily living skills and implemented different behavior reduction strategies. Alexis joined the Foundations for Growing team in May 2018 as a Behavior Specialist Consultant and is excited to leverage her prior experiences to help put students in a situation where they can reach their highest potential.
Amy S. Jackson, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, IMC
Amy Jackson is a wife and mom of 2 boys and an occupational therapist who graduated magna cum laude from Thomas Jefferson University with a masters of science and specialty certification in sensory integration in 2008. She has worked as an OT in pediatrics for 11 years and prior to that was a preschool teacher and nanny. Amy has worked in the school system, early intervention, private clinics, and hospital environments and specializes in treating children with sensory processing disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome among other diagnoses. Amy worked to create specialized evidence-based protocols for the integrated Listening Systems and Interactive Metronome specialized programs, as well as creating an evidence-based plan of care for sensory processing disorder and constraint induced movement training within the outpatient environment. She is certified in Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, Integrated Listening Systems, Interactive Metronome, and has completed some introductory courses in children's yoga teacher training, vision therapy and neurodevelopmental treatment. Amy works with the whole family to develop goals and treatment plans that help children to be more engaged, regulated and involved/independent in their daily lives.