Our Team

Dinah Leiter

Founder and Supervisor
Dinah Leiter
Founder and Supervisor
Dinah Leiter OTR/L is the founder and clinical supervisor at Kid Clan. Dinah graduated from Downstate Medical Center and has been a practicing occupational therapist for over twenty years. Dinah is a certified provider of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, and a certified provider of Interactive Metronome. In addition, she has received advanced training in Therapeutic Listening and MEDEK. She has undergone training in Brain Gym, ABA, and DIR. Dinah has completed the intensive mentorship program provided by the SPD foundation. She is also certified in the ILS program. Before Dinah founded Kid Clan she worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools, outpatient clinics, NICU, and PICU.

Dinah provides frequent workshops to parents sharing knowledge and practical tools on how to parent a child with sensory integration challenges. She also provides workshops to preschool and elementary school staff on the following topics:

Incorporating sensory integration strategies into the classroom setting
Myths of bad behavior and how sensory integration deficits affect behavior
Components of normal and abnormal handwriting
Visual perception and how it affects classroom learning
Dinah is passionate about children. Her mission is to help them make changes in themselves to empower them to make a difference in the world. Dinah is a devoted mom, and loves spending time and having fun with her beautiful family.

Chaya Hyman

Occupational Therapist
Chaya
Occupational Therapist

Chaya Hyman completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University (Miami, FL) in 1997. She subsequently trained at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the experimental Education Unit of the University of Washington. She proceeded to earn an advanced Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University (Montreal, QC) in 2001, specializing in Developmental Pediatrics. At McGill, Chaya was awarded a Canadian grant for research at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of Montreal Children’s Hospital and Jewish General Hospital and her findings were published in the medical journal Pediatric Rehabilitation (2005). She later worked as a developmental specialist for the SUNY Downstate Infant Child Center (Level-3 NICU) at the Long Island College Hospital
evaluating and treating extremely-premature and medically-critical infants.

Chaya has treated a wide range of pediatric developmental diagnoses, neurological impairments,and sensory processing disorders. Her training includes Medek Level 1, NDT, Therapeutic Taping, Therapeutic Listening, Feeding, Rhythmic Movement Training, The Masgutova
Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration-MNRI ® Method (10 courses completed), INPP, Cranial Sacral techniques, Interactive Metronome, and the H.O.P.E. Method. She is certified in SI Treatment by the University of Southern California/WPS. Before joining KidClan in 2015,
Chaya provided home-based treatment for 9 years through NY Early Intervention and was an EI Supervisor for 5 years. As a supervisor, she led training courses and workshops for therapists and parents.

Chaya passionately believes that the goal of pediatric Occupational Therapy is to unlock the unique greatness of each individual child. She develops a treatment plan from a holistic frame of reference that looks at the total child within the context of their life. She strives to help each child, and their family, become free and empowered to live to their full potential with joy. Chaya has recently become a Certified Mastery Coach and augments her pediatric treatment with parenting and life coaching to address the whole picture. In her private time, Chaya enjoys hiking, biking, learning something new each day, and spending time with her husband, children, and new grandchild.

Brooke Strazynski

Occupational Therapist
Brooke Strazynski
Brooke graduated from Kean University with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2010. She has dedicated her career to helping children achieve their potential ever since. She has experience providing OT services in special needs and public schools, outpatient clinics, and early intervention settings. Brooke has worked with clientele of differing age groups throughout her career. While she has worked with patients of all ages, she has specialized in working with individuals ranging from birth to age 21. Brooke has treated individuals spanning a variety of pediatric diagnoses including but not limited to cases of neurological impairments, blindness, visual impairments, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. She is licensed in New Jersey as well as in New York, and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Brooke has received advanced training and certifications in Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting/Learning Without Tears, Yoga and Mindfulness for children, HANDLE, Rhythmic Movement Training, and Kinesiotaping (KT1 and KT2). She is always looking to further her education to best treat her clients.
When Brooke is not working she enjoys sending time with her husband and adorable children.

Nicole Halliwell

Occupational Therapist
Nicole Halliwell
Nicole Halliwell is a graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has been a part of the Kid Clan Therapy team since 2014. Her professional background is a blend of experience in social work, brain and spinal cord injury, psychiatrics, and pediatrics inspiring the holistic approach she uses with her clients. Nicole’s treatment philosophy focuses on facilitating meaningful occupational and working with the child in context. Her primary treatment experience has been in pediatrics in a variety of settings including school based, clinic based, and home instruction. She is also a NJEIS trained early intervention service provider. She has experience working with children from ages 0-21 years with various diagnoses including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, and various neurological, psychiatric, and developmental disorders/syndromes.

Nicole has a strong drive for keeping up with current research literature and continuing to develop her professional skills. She has completed continuing education courses focused on balance and vestibular processing, sensory integration (SI), neuro-developmental treatment (NDT) and the facilitation of functional skills through play. Nicole has a personal and professional interest in the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga and has been trained in Get Ready to Learn, a developmentally sequenced yoga program which she integrates into her therapy practice. She has recently completed the American Hippotherapy Association Level 1 Course and is able to provide occupational therapy services on a horse utilizing the therapeutic power of equine movement. Nicole is a proud member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and she is currently enrolled in the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as a doctoral student pursuing her Doctorate of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus in Pediatrics.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking yoga classes, hiking, cooking, and relaxing with her family and friends.

Dina Alper

Speech Therapist

Dina Alper, M.S., CCC-SLP, received her Master’s Degree in speech-language pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.  Dina is licensed in New York and New Jersey and is certified by the New Jersey Department of Education as a Speech Language Specialist.  She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over twenty years, and has worked in a variety of pediatric settings including birth-3 centers, programs dedicated to children with autism, and public and private schools where she has serviced both the regular education and special education population.  Dina has extensive experience treating all aspects of pediatric speech-language disorders.  She is a skilled clinician who utilizes evidence based therapeutic approaches to individualize treatment and achieve therapeutic goals. Parent involvement in the therapeutic process is always welcome.

Dina provides workshops to parents and teachers on topics related to speech and language development.

Outside of work, Dina enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren! She also enjoys baking, going to the gym and is an avid reader.