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 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
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 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 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, 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.
Jodi joined the Kid Clan team in 2006, and has been working as an Occupational Therapist for close to 30 years, treating children from early intervention to age 21. Jodi has worked with a wide range of diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, and developmental disabilities. She graduated on the Dean’s List from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy, and provides services in public and private schools, as well as in the clinical setting. Jodi employs a variety of treatment techniques, with extensive training in MNRI, RMT, Massery, Astronaut Training, Therapeutic Listening, Craniosacral Therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, S’cool Moves, Bal-a-vis-x, Sensory Integration, and Vision Therapy. Licensed in both New York and New Jersey, Jodi has developed a hands-on workshop for early childhood educators, providing an understanding of the importance in the development of fine motor skills in preschoolers. Jodi spends her summers providing occupational therapy in camps for children with disabilities. When not at work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Deb McCarthy is a practicing Speech Language Pathologist for more than 30 years.
She received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and an M.A. in
Speech and Language Pathology from Montclair State University. She is a member
of the American Speech and Hearing Association and licensed in the State of New
Jersey. Deb has serviced special needs children in a variety of settings including
Public Schools, Montclair State University Demonstration School as well as the
University’s Early Intervention Programs. She spent the last 13 years working as a
member of a Transdisciplinary Team providing services for EI children within
inclusive classrooms at the Ben Samuel’s Children’s Center at MSU. She focused on
developing communication skills in young children within the daily routines and
schedules of their classrooms while supporting and training staff members to utilize
strategies for optimum growth. As a team member she participated in weekly
meetings with colleagues in the fields of OT, PT, Special Education and Psychology to
discuss the function of specific children as well as plan and make modifications for
their participation in Inclusion. Parents were included in many meetings and Staff
had the opportunity to dialogue with families on a daily basis. While at MSU Deb
had the opportunity to supervise students in training both in clinical settings as well
as the Inclusive setting provided at BSCC. This opportunity has enriched her
professional career allowing her to share knowledge and experience while learning
from and mentoring students within their programs.
Presently Deb is providing intervention to children at Kid Clan and most recently
she has begun to reach out and service children in Community Pre-School programs,
supporting development of Social Communication Skills.
While not working, Deb enjoys time with her family traveling. Reading, Pilates and
Barre classes, gardening, knitting and baking are her go to activities.
Zisel Faitler joined the Kid Clan therapy team in 2013. She achieved her Masters Degree in 2010 from
Kean University, receiving the “Who’s who among Colleges and Universities” award. Zisel’s warmth and
passion for her clients is apparent in her commitment to helping the child and family thrive. Her work
experience is diverse, and includes Center-based Therapy, Early Intervention, School based-therapy
(working with children with sensory, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs), and Geriatric
Rehabilitation. Zisel is committed to furthering her education, having completed numerous continuing
education courses on sensory integration, praxis, reflex integration, visual processing, and
neurodevelopmental theory. She is a certified provider of Integrated Listening Systems and is trained on
Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration and the H.O.P.E Method. Zisel has provided many
parent and teacher workshops on the topics of fostering and nurturing a self-regulated child.
Board Certified ABA Therapist
Felicia received her Bachelors at Montclair State University and her Masters at William Paterson University in
Education with a concentration in Special Education. She has been teaching special education students for over
fifteen years and has worked with students from 3 years of age through 21 years of age. In 2008, she received her
certification in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). In the same
year, she joined the team at KID CLAN. She works full time as a special education teacher and afterschool, she
works five days a week with special needs students and their families. She not only works with students, but
provides parent training and consultation as well. Felicia is also a supervisor and mentor to future BCBAs and
Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT). Felicia uses observation, functional assessments, data collection and
analysis to promote positive behavior change in order to assist individuals reach their goals!!
Michal, a speech language pathologist for the past sixteen years, has been part of the Kid CLAN team since 2007. She received her Bachelors of Communication Arts and Sciences and Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from Queen’s College. Michal has been providing therapy in preschool as well as early intervention settings. Her specialty is working with babies, toddlers, and pre-school children with speech/language delays, physical challenges and oral motor deficits. Michal places a strong emphasis on caregiver involvement facilitating increased carryover. Since 1998, Michal has devoted her summers working at Camp HASC in Parksville, New York. There, she provides therapy to children aged 5-21, with speech language delays, learning disabilities, physical challenges, genetic diseases and various syndromes as well as helping over 300 campers as the supervisor of the feeding program. Michal is licensed in New York and New Jersey and holds bilingual Hebrew Proficiency Certification.
Outside of work Michal loves to travel around the world, backpack, hike, dive and run marathons.