A Total Approach has assembled an expert team of therapists here in the Delaware Valley, just a short drive from Philadelphia. Combined, the team offers decades of experience treating pediatric developmental and cognitive disorders.
Every child is unique. That’s why we create individualized program plans for each child. In many instances we coordinate with school teachers, homebound services, and behavior support staff to ensure communication and cross training. We complete school observations and home visits to ensure adequate programming for our family-centric approach. Most of our clients come to us directly for private practice, although school districts and state funded organizations have used our services as well.
We provide most programs and services in a one-to-one therapist-to-child ratio, though we also work with children in pairs or groups as they progress and are ready to cope with social skills in more challenging situations. The family has ongoing opportunities to schedule meetings with staff at our center to discuss issues of placement, IEP goals, and choice of services. We also offer a variety of services and programs for adults, plus educational training for parents and professionals.
Maude le Roux
Maude Le Roux, OTR/L, SIPT, RCTC, DIR® Expert Trainer, is an accomplished occupational therapist with great affinity for learning and understanding the human brain.
She was born and raised in South Africa, and graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town in 1984. Maude married Charl Le Roux in 1986 and moved to the USA in 1993. Together, they opened A Total Approach in September 2001. Maude is SIPT certified and specializes in Sensory Integration services as it applies to functional activities of daily living, including improving the ability of any child to partake in his/her learning environment. She is a certified Cellfield Intervention provider, as well as a certified Tomatis Consultant.
Maude has presented workshops in multiple international locations, as well as in the US nationwide. She has developed the developmental Pathways Model (DPM) in reaching clients with different profiles with a wide array of diagnosis. She is well known for her work in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, as well as Attachment Disorders. She serves on the board for ATTACh, an US national organization involved in attachment and trauma informed care. She is currently mobilizing an international group of Occupational Therapists to organize the influence of trauma informed care in the occupational therapy field. Maude has published two books; "The Listening Journey for Children", and "Our Greatest Allies" available through www.amazon.com. Maude and Charl have an Airedale Terrier called Oscar, who is a source of great delight in their lives!
Angela Gaudiuso Johnson
Angela Gaudiuso Johnson, OTR/L, IMC, SIPT, CEIM, CTC, DIR-FT Practitioner, is an experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapist, practicing since 1989, and has worked in medical, educational, and private practice settings in staff and supervisory positions.
She has been working at A Total Approach since 2002, and enjoys being part of a group of experienced therapists dedicated to helping children grow to their fullest potential. Although a diagnosis may be important to obtain educational and medical services, she believes a diagnosis does not define the child’s potential or future. She also believes in assessing a child's individual profile and empowering parents in assisting their child's growth. She is certified in Interactive Metronome®, Therapeutic Listening, Infant Massage, Solisten®, Tomatis®, Sensory Integration, and in administering the Sensory Integration Praxis Test.
She is also in the process of obtaining a DIR® Certification. Angela is an experienced clinician who specializes in Sensory Processing, Praxis, DIR®/Floortime™ approach, Infant Massage, Reflex Integration, Tactile Integration, and sound therapies amongst others. Angela shares our company philosophy that each child and family are unique and deserving of the best quality therapy services.
Nicole Randazzo, MOT, OTR/L, SIPT, IMC, CBIS, TAP, Senior Clinician, received her B.S. from Albright College in Psychobiology, which laid the groundwork for her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Temple University, where Nicole graduated in the top of her class. Nicole has worked with a variety of children and adolescents from 2 years to 21 years of age.
She has worked in Early Intervention centers, home care, school settings and clinical programs. Nicole has also worked in the hospital and nursing home settings with adults on the acute care, orthopedic, rehab, and transitional care units. She has been working at A Total Approach since 2004.
Nicole is an experienced clinician who specializes in sensory integration, praxis, and reflex integration. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and is a Core-Specialist-in-Training through the Masgutova Educational Institute. As a Senior Clinician, Nicole is one of our skilled evaluators at A Total Approach. She also enjoys supervising both Level I and Level II OT and OTA students. Additional trainings/certifications Nicole holds include Balametrics, Handwriting without Tears, the "How Does your Engine Run?" Alert program, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome®, and Solisten®. Nicole has begun to share her clinical knowledge-base by presenting at conferences in the US, Panama, and Bulgaria. She treasures the opportunity to continually learn at A Total Approach and partake in the true team approach that takes place. Nicole also enjoys the opportunity to work closely with clients and their families.
Nicole is away for a while to take care of her newborn and her sibling. We shall miss her while away
Janine Gargano, P.L.A.Y. Project Certificate, Floortime practitioner, is a dedicated Floortime practitioner ,our ATA Play Project Partner and currently, pursuing her DIR® Certification. She has over 15 years experience working with a wide range of children on the Autistic Spectrum. After graduating with a B.S. from Drexel University, Janine began her journey as a home ABA therapist and as a one to one instructional assistant in various South Jersey school districts. She gained further experience by attending a variety of workshops and intensive training on the DIR model. Due to her skills, she was employed by a South Jersey school district to provide services for a large number of children with school and home based DIR® programs. Under the supervision of Maude Le Roux, Janine has enjoyed working in the home and school environment as well as at the center. She specializes in providing Floortime services with children/teens ranging from ages 1 year through 17+ on the Autistic spectrum. Janine has attended monthly workshops in understanding the mental health developmental structures as it relates to play and the emotional process. She has completed 3 years + of workshops in addition to receiving individual supervision with Dottie Higgens Klein, LMFT, RPT-S, AAMFT-S.
Janine conveys her special fondness of witnessing the beautiful bond between parent and child during Floortime™ sessions. She expresses how much the DIR approach respects each child's individual strengths. "When you validate the child and then see that spark in their eyes, there is no greater reward."
Janine is a wife and a mother of two. Her son had been diagnosed with PDD-NOS at age two and having further challenges with Speech Apraxia. Both her husband and she are extremely appreciative to have the guidance of A Total Approach and the therapy services available to their son. As a mother of a child on the spectrum, she states , "Personally, I can relate with many parents that walk through the doors of ATA having children with special needs. We can share in the experiences of the emotional undertaking and impact this road has on our everyday lives. It also has taken me to a path of feeling extremely fortunate when either of my children cross a milestone in their lives, no matter how big or how small!"
Mahnaz N Maqbool
Mahnaz N Maqbool, MS CCC-SLP, is a licensed and ASHA (American-Speech-Language and Hearing Association)-certified speech language pathologist (SLP). Born in Michigan and raised in Karachi, Pakistan she came to the US in 1993 where she attended Boston University. She was admitted to the accelerated program and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in five years and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1993.
Mahnaz went on to work with school age children in Michigan and simultaneously at the Kaufman Center. Having moved to Maryland Mahnaz worked at DC Children’s Hospital, she was the lead speech therapist with the Cochlear Implant team. In 2004 Mahnaz moved to the Pennsylvania area and began working at a pediatric outpatient clinic. While at the clinic she worked with children on the autistic spectrum and those diagnosed with apraxia, articulation disorders and specific language impairments. She also has experience working in educational settings, such as in an Autistic Support Classroom. Mahnaz is a proud mother of a two girls and a little boy. She is bilingual in Urdu and English and loves to encourage kids to read!
Adrianne Pepitone, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a Pennsylvania licensed and American Speech-Language and Hearing Association certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). She attended Queens College of the City University of New York both for her B.A in Speech Pathology and Audiology and for her M.A. in Speech Pathology.
Adrianne has over 30 years experience in her field with both children and adults. Adrianne's experiences include: oral motor problems, apraxia of speech , feeding/dysphagia issues, child language development, autism, augmentative and alternative communication devices, and adult speech/language problems involving traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and other various degenerative neurological conditions. She is currently enrolled in the PROMPT training program for certification.
Adrianne is happy to be part of the ATA team. She is excited to help clients reach their highest communication potential through the collaborative efforts of parents and other ATA team members.
Anne McMenamin, IMC came to ATA full of home-based knowledge from raising five children of her own with her husband, and also from receiving experience working with special needs children in a school-based environment. She has been with us now for over five years. She specializes in working with a variety of children and adolescents in programs such as Interactive Metronome® and Tomatis®, integrating her natural creativity and Floortime™ training.
She is also responsible for the scheduling of our Tomatis based programs and intensives. Anne expresses, "I've always loved the wonder of childhood and this position provides me with the opportunity to help each child grow towards his or her potential." Anne finds it rewarding to interact not only with all the kids who walk through the doors of ATA, but the other ATA team members as well.
Noel Shober, COTA/L, IMC, received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Villanova University in 2009. She then continued her education at Harcum College and received her degree as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She also has experience working at a private special education school, where she learned that her true passion was helping children achieve their maximum potential no matter what their challenges may be. Noel always knew that she wanted to work with children in some capacity and has found her place in the field of Occupational Therapy. She is excited to be part of the team at ATA where she can grow, learn and help children be all they can be.
Leah Snyder, IMC, is a clinical assistant at A Total Approach, certified in Interactive Metronome. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Kinesiology and with a psychology minor. She is currently in the process of applying to occupational therapy graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. During the summer of 2014, Leah had the opportunity to intern at ATA and gained new knowledge from the staff in Tomatis, Interactive Metronome, Sensory Processing, DIR/Floortime, and Cellfield. Leah truly loves the path she is on and is excited to be part of team that cares about and helps children and their families.
Suzanne Gabriele MOT, OTR/L, IMC, CEIM, DIR-FT received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University in 2002 where she went on to work as a Therapeutic Support Staff with children in their homes and classrooms. Working closely with families and practitioners led to the pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University in 2006. After graduating she began working at A Total Approach and has since worked in various settings including schools, homes and throughout the community. Suzanne is an experienced clinician certified in Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage as well as experienced in DIR®/Floortime™. She also has experience with Balametrics, Tomatis Sound Therapy, Pediatric Myofascial Release and Tactile Integration as a part of the Masgatova Educational Institute. Suzanne truly believes in family-centered therapy and assisting each individual child to reach their fullest potential through a team approach. She is passionate about highlighting children’s strengths and abilities through a natural, holistic therapeutic method. She is happy to be back with the wonderful team of therapists at ATA after a short leave to be with her three boys. Suzie is currently on extended leave.
Andrea Keady, M.S., OTR/L, received her B.S. in Health and Occupation and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College with minors in Cognitive Neuroscience and Studio Art. She is a Pennsylvania licensed and registered Occupational Therapist. She focused her Master’s coursework towards a career in pediatrics by completing electives in pediatrics and her Master’s thesis on a comparison of physical activity levels in children with and without congenital heart defects.
She completed her final student experience at ATA, where she has had the opportunity to absorb knowledge and training from the staff on interventions of Tomatis method listening program, Interactive Metronome, Sensory Processing, Reflex Integration, and DIR Floortime. She loves ATA’s emphasis on a holistic evaluation process and treatment approach towards each individual client. She looks forward to continuing to expand her skillset through trainings and experience in order to improve the lives of her pediatric clients.
Erica Roselli, is a clinical assistant at A Total Approach and works in the Tomatis program. She graduated from West Chester University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Currently, she is in school at Philadelphia University to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After she graduates she would like to work in pediatrics. She loves working with children and wants to help make a difference in their lives. She is completing her training to become a yoga teacher, and wants to use yoga training in her work to share her passion for yoga with others. Working at A Total Approach has helped her learn so much. She loves the positive atmosphere and working with the staff. She is very happy to be a part of the team at A Total Approach.
Gemma is a Clinical Assistant at A Total Approach and currently studying to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Harcum College. She has a background in special ed, previously working with the Chester County Intermediate Unit in early intervention. Gemma also has a degree in International Politics from Keele University in England, and is very excited to be embarking on a new career path.
Sara Rubenstein, M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed and ASHA (American-Speech-Language and Hearing Association)-certified speech language pathologist (SLP). She was born and raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania. She attended Temple University for Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. There, she obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degree and graduated Cum Laude in 2015. After graduation, Sara began to work at Elwyn's Davidson school where she had her first clinical practicum in graduate school. At the Davidson school, she works with children from the ages of 6-21 who have a variety of communication disorders, mostly Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sara currently lives in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania and is engaged to be married next June of 2018. She loves working with children and is very excited about working at A Total Approach in order to help clients reach their goals and be successful communicators!