Who We Are
Philosophical Model: DIR
New Client Packet
New Client Packet (Infant)
PHI Release from KidWorks
PHI Release to KidWorks
Food Scientist Club
Rebecca is the owner and clinical director of KidWorks Therapy Services. She started KidWorks Therapy in 1999. Rebecca has worked in therapeutic environments for over 23 years. Rebecca graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from University of Texas and with her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman?s University, completing her thesis on Sensory Integration. She has worked in various settings including adult and pediatric acute, rehabilitative, and outpatient care, as well as in aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. Rebecca specializes in pediatrics with expertise in early childhood intervention, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, vision therapy, and sensory integration. She has completed post graduate advanced training/certification in the following areas:
- SPD Foundation Level I Intensive Mentorship - Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
- Administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, including planning and implementation of appropriate treatment of sensory processing. SIPT Certification # 494
- Certified and trained to administer IM interactive metronome treatment.
- Advanced training in Therapeutic Listening / Sound Therapy. Certification # M22229
- Clinical Instructor affiliated with several Universities including: University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio , University of Texas in Austin , Texas Woman's University, and Austin Community College.
- Extensive training with self-regulation and social, emotional development and dysfunction, including Stanley Greenspan's Floortime Approach
- Certification in Stanley Greenspan's DIR Floortime Model, Level B
- Research and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Participation in research related to up-dated standardization of BOT-2, a widely used motor assessment for school-aged children.
- Advanced training in Vision Therapy and Aquatic Therapy
- Advanced training in treatment of learning disabilities and ADHD including PACE
- PACE: Processing and Cognitive Enhancement
- Clinical Instructor affiliated with several universities including: University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio , University of Texas in Austin, Texas Woman's University, Tufts University, Xavier University, LSU Health Science Center, University of St. Augustine, and Austin Community College.
- Guest Lecturer at A&M University Graduate Speech and Language Program
- On faculty at Lone Star Continuing Education: Course instructor for post graduate education in Sensory Processing Disorder
- Neuro-feedback and EEG Feedback Certification through EEG Spectrum
In her spare time Rebecca enjoys soccer, trail-running, mountain biking, hiking and exploring, scuba diving, cave research and exploration, and enjoying friends and family.
Liz Darwin is a native Austinite. She received both her bachelor's degree and master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Liz has been practicing as a speech- language pathologist for over 20 years and looks forward to her job every day! Through the years, Liz has focused on oral-motor and feeding for the infant through young child, cleft palate and cranio-facial, severe articulation disorders, mild-severe language disorders, Down syndrome, and autism. She has practiced in early childhood facilities, served as the director of Capitol School of Austin, and in private practices. Liz loves working with the families and includes them extensively in the therapy sessions. Liz incorporates both traditional therapy techniques, as well as oral-motor and oral- respiratory techniques for children with underlying oral-respiratory difficulties. She has presented over the years at professional conferences, to local professionals and at preschools on topics such as recognizing speech and language delays, oral-motor and feeding identification and treatment and ways to support language development. When not working, Liz loves spending time with her teenage boys, listening to live music and practicing yoga.
Advanced coursework that Liz has attended include:
- Extensive Training in feeding disorders: including the Get Permission Approach by Marsha Dunn Klein (in conjunction with the Food Chaining workshop), SOS Approach to Feeding Therapy by Kay Toomey, Ph.D, Food Chaining By Cheri Fraker and Laura Walbert and Debra Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention
- Extensive training in oral-motor and oral-respiratory work including: Assessment and Treatment of the Rib Cage, Levels 1 and 2 by Rona Alexander, MS, CCC- SLP and Assessment and Treament of Children with Oral Motor Feeding/ Swallowing and Respiratory Challenges by Rona Alexander, MS, CCC-SLP
- NDT Training: Neuro-Developmental Training 5-Day Baby Course, Neuro- Developmental 3-Day Training
- Hanen Training
- Multiple workshops on auditory processing and language disorders
Heidi has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and a BA in Biochemistory from Baylor University. Her clinical experience includes working with children from birth through adolescence with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, with a specialty in feeding difficulties and food aversion. Since her time at KidWorks, Heidi has also received additional training on the Floortime/DIR model, which she has found to be a truly effective and meaningful tool for supporting her clients and their families. Heidi has completed post graduate advanced training/certification in the following areas:
- Analysis of Movement from an NDT Perspective – Gail Ritchie, OTR/L
- SPD Foundation Level I Intensive Mentorship - Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
- Basic Course on the DIR/Floortime Model - Stanley Greenspan, MD
- Feeding Therapy using the SOS Approach, developed by Kay Toomey, PhD
- Get Permission Approach to Feeding by Marsha Dunn Klein, MEd, OTR/L
- Food Chaining
- NDT Oral Motor Feeding Workshop presented by Gay Lloyd Pinder, PhD, CCC-SLP
- Nutrition Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, presented by Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD,LD
- iLs Certified (Integrated Listening Systems) Practitioner
- Interactive Metronome Provider
- Vision therapy - managing developmental visual deficits in children - Judy Hughes, O.D.
In her spare time, Heidi enjoys exploring her ever-changing hometown of Austin with her husband, dog, and little girl. She is a fan of food trucks, farmers markets, Amy's Ice Cream and the Chicago Cubs.
Emily graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas and a Master's of Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Emily began been working at KidWorks following her internship in the Spring of 2009. Her experience includes working in out-patient settings with children of various diagnoses such as sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, autism, and fine motor difficulties. Her goal is to be a positive influence on others and make the lives of children and families better. In addition to working with children, Emily enjoys watching live music, spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, cooking, and shopping. While at Kidworks, she has completed post graduate advanced training/certification in the following areas:
- DIR/Floortime Competancies through the Intermediate level certification
- SPD Foundation Level I Intensive Mentorship - Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
- iLs Listening Systems: Practitioner Training Course
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Introduction to Neurodevelopmental Treatment Strategies
- Approach to Treatment of the Baby 0-3 years
Kara was born and raised in Austin. She received her certification as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from ACC and completed her BA at Texas Woman's University. Kara is currently completing the prerequisites for the master's bridge program at TWU. During her time at Kidwork's, Kara has gained experience in several areas including therapeutic brushing and self-regulation programs. In addition to her love for working with children and their families, Kara enjoys scuba diving, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Kara has completed advanced training in the following areas:
- Sensory Integration
- DIR Flooretime
- Aquatic Sensory Integration
- ILS Listening Systems
- Vision Screening and Vision Rehab
- Autism, Asperger's, Sensory and ADHD
Joni is a Texas native who received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in Boston and her bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Texas Austin. During her time at Tufts, Joni won a scholarship to attend Oxford Brookes University enabling her to extend her masters program by studying occupational therapy in Oxford England. Her experience includes working with children who have a variety of diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, fine motor challenges, feeding and oral motor challenges, Autism and Muscular Dystrophy. While at Kidworks, she has received training in Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding therapy, DIR/ Floortime techniques, vision therapy techniques, therapeutic brushing, and self-regulation programs. Prior to working as an occupational therapist, Joni gained experience with children as a personal care attendant for children with disabilities through the Texas CLASS waiver program, at Child Protective Services, Easter Seals Central Texas, and the Refugee Services of Texas. Joni is on the board for Alison's Hope for hearing, a 501c3 non-profit which helps people with hearing loss acquire needed hearing aids and devices. In her spare time, Joni enjoys traveling, reading, swimming and most importantly, spending time with her three AMAZING godchildren, her family and her friends.
Lisa is an Occupational Therapist at Kidworks Therapy Services part time and during the summer months. Every day she learns something new from the children she works with and their families. She works alongside expert therapists who train her to do her very best. Lisa is full time Occupational Therapist at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired since September of 1994. She studies the impact visual impairment has on the other senses and overall development.
Sarah is a native Austinite who received her graduate and undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Communication Disorders and a minor in Early Childhood Intervention. During her time at KidWorks she has had the opportunity to serve individuals with articulation, fluency, expressive and receptive language disorders, swallowing, and oral motor concerns, and has an amazing talent for working with and treating children on the autistic spectrum. Sarah is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Texas. She has received PROMPT training, a multidimensional approach to speech disorders. Sarah is certified in the Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk Program, a program that teaches parents to facilitate language development in everyday activities. Sarah has also received training through Talk Tools, a muscle based approach to speech clarity and oral coordination. Through her time partnering with KidWorks Sarah has gained experience in the Floor Time approach and sensory integration. She has always loved kids and has been motivated by her own challenges with dysfluency as a child to pursue her career as a speech therapist. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family. She looks forward to meeting you and your child.
Mary Monckton is a speech language pathologist specializing in work with the Deaf and hard of hearing community. She is an advocate of ensuring best possible outcomes for those children with a hearing loss and feels that a multidisciplinary approach is crucial to this. As a result, she continues to work with KidWorks as a consultant and advocate for those children that benefit from this support. Mary is considered bilingual due to her skills in American Sign Language. In addition, Mary hopes to continue to be a part of the KidWorks community by offering Yoga classes. She holds a 200-hour RYT certificate and loves watching the benefits of yoga impact special children and those that care for them.
Lauren Pfeiffer was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Taking her mother's advice, she embarked upon a career in speech language pathology. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. She then went on to the University of North Texas to receive her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology. After graduating, she worked for a company that provided home based therapy for adults and children in the Dallas area. Soon, Lauren felt the urge to spread her wings, so she decided to move to Austin, Texas where she joined the KidWorks team. Lauren loves the healing environment that Kidworks provides, allowing her to help guide all her clients towards reaching their goals. Lauren focuses on children with autism, articulation disorders, language disorders, feeding disorders, and children with written language difficulties. Post-graduate education includes training in the DIR model, feeding disorders, and language disorders. When not working, she enjoys getting out and exploring all that Austin has to offer with her dog and best friend, Hotch.
Carla received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Her initial work experiences included working in a variety of acute hospital settings with adults. Following her move to Austin in 1989, Carla pursued her desire to practice pediatric centered physical therapy. She has worked both in clinical settings and as a school based therapist at the Texas School for the Deaf. Carla enjoyed working with children of all ages at the School for the Deaf. She also enjoyed the exposure to American Sign Language and the opportunity to develop beginning skills in "signing".
Carla completed 15 hours of post graduate physical therapy at Texas Women's University in Houston and earned the "Certificate in Advanced Pediatric Therapy from Texas Women's University in 2006. Course work at TWU included:"
- Pathokinesiology which focused on Gait Analysis
- Pediatric Neuroscience, with a personal study on the vestibular system
- Pediatric Outcome Measures
- Motor Behavior in Pediatrics
- Musculoskeletal Issues in Pediatrics
Other continuing education workshops have included:
- Sensory Defensiveness and Related Problems by Patricia Wilbarger
- Vestibular Activation: Therapeutic Movements to Optimize Physical, Social and Cognitive Occupation by Mary Kawar
- Kinesiotaping Fundamentals and Kinesiotaping in Pediatrics by Audrey Yasukawa and Trish Martin
- Ready Bodies, Learning Minds by Athena Oden
- Evaluation and Treatment of the Clumsy Child by Dr. Barbara Connolly
- Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation by Gaye Cronin, OTD, OTR/L
- 3 Day Intensive on Treating the Child with Hypotonia by Barbara Hypes, PT
- Analysis of Movement from an NDT Perspective by Gail Ritchie, OTR
- NDT and Myofascial Release by Gait Ritchie, OTR
Carla's interest in the vestibular system and the important role it plays in motor development led her to KidWorks Therapy services in May of 2009. In her spare time, Carla enjoys being "Nana" to her 4 grandchildren.
Carla considers it a privilege to work with each child that comes to her and desires to work with parents and caregivers in a team approach.
Although a native Austinite, Lindsey relocated to New Orleans to earn her Bachelors in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Tulane University. She then moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. While in graduate school, she had the opportunity to work extensively in research involving children with spinal cord injury and muscular dystrophy. After graduating in May 2009, she worked as a physical therapist for 2 months in Ecuador at a non-profit therapy clinic working with children. Lindsey has been working in pediatric physical therapy professionally since 2009 and began her career at KidWorks in 2010. She has completed post graduate advanced training/certification in the following areas:
- Movement, Rhythm and Sequencing: Getting the Beat for Children with Sensory, Emotional and Motor Challenges-Lise Gerard-Faulise MS, PTR/L, BCP
- Scoliosis Management in Pediatrics presented by Texas Physical Therapy Association
- Effective Evaluation, Assessment, and Treatment of Pediatric Toe Walking presented by Liesa M. Persaurd, PT, MPT, PCS
- Pediatric Myofascial Release sponsored by John F. Barnes, PT
- Pediatric Vestibular Rehailitation-Gaye W. Cronin, OTD, PTR
- Physical Therapy Management of Children with Progressive Neuromuscular Disorders Across the Life Span- presented at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
- Spanish for Physical Therapists-offered by American Physical Therapy Association
- A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Children and Adolescents Who are Obese and Overweight-present at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
- Introduction to DIR/Floortime Approach-presented via video lectures from Stanley Greenspan Outside of KidWorks, Lindsey volunteers as support staff for the Texas Stampede Wheelchair Rugby Team, who compete competitively around the country, and enjoys running trails.
Kim has been working therapeutically with children, families and couples since 1992. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies from West Virginia University and her Master of Science degree in Family Science from Virginia Tech and State University (program credentialed by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). She has worked in various settings including public /private schools, county agencies, law enforcement victim services and outpatient clinics. Her experiences have included provision of couples and family therapy, child and adolescent therapy, parenting, play therapy, multi-family and adolescent groups. Kim has a specialization in working with families with members who have a developmental disorder, trauma related issues and mood disorders. She has completed training/certification in the following areas:
- TX board approved Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor (#4810)
- Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (#15836)
- Certified Teacher (1-8) / Certified Special Education Teacher (Pre-K-12)
- Training and practice in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Trauma-Focused CBT
- Training and practice in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and mood disorders
Jeanette comes to KidWorks with 15 years in the medical field. She was previously an Infrastructure Engineer at Seton Healthcare Network. Jeanette is originally from Baytown, TX where she attended Lee College. Jeanette moved to Austin 16 years ago; she loves being a resident of Austin and enjoys the refreshing spirit of the city. In her spare time Jeanette enjoys trail-running, hiking , cooking, being involved with local charities in the community and spending time with friends, family and her animals.
Crystal was born and raised in Harlingen, TX. She received a Bachelor of Science in Human and Family Development with a concentration in Early Childhood from The University of Texas at Austin. Crystal has enjoyed working with children of all ages both as an intern at KidWorks and through volunteering at Esculeta De Alma in Austin, TX. In her spare time, Crystal loves playing softball, watching sports, dancing, listening to music, watching movies, and, most importantly, hanging out with friends and family.
Melly is a 8 1/2 year old Spitz-mix. She is a valuable member of the Kidworks Team providing that special brand of emotional support that only pets can provide.
- Advanded Pet Therapy training through Austin Dog Alliance
- Melly is a graduate of Taurus Training, a superior training facility in Austin, TX
- Melly is a super laid-back, approachable, lovable, and popular member of our staff
In her spare time, she enjoys trail-running and soccer games with Rebecca, playing tug-of-war and fetch, and just chillin' out.
Amy is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications at Texas Tech University and worked for 8 years in the corporate world before becoming a stay-at-home mom. When her children were in high school, she went back to school and earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from Lonestar College in Houston and became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. A dedicated community volunteer, Amy has devoted her time and energy in many different areas but was always involved with children in a leadership or mentoring role. Amy is a Texas Master Gardener and is looking forward to sharing her love of nature with the children who come to Kidworks. She also enjoys making crafts that can be used in therapy. She has previous experience in self-regulation techniques such as the Zones of Regulation and the Alert Program as well as therapeutic listening programs and is looking forward to gaining new knowledge in the DIR/Floortime approach.
Angel is a military brat who received her M.Ed., in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her experience includes working with children who have a variety of diagnoses including Asperger's, PDD, PDD-NOS, Autism and Fragile X. Angel has experience working within a classroom, a clinical setting, and also in the home and community. She believes that the success of an ABA program is based on caregiver involvement and the ability for all family members, educational staff, and therapy providers to collaborate and follow through with developmentally and therapeutically appropriate recommendations. She is excited to be part of the amazing team of professionals that are dedicated to doing what is therapeutically best for children and their families at KidWorks. In her spare time Angel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and training with the Tough Cookies for Half- Marathons and Marathons.
Brenna was born in Austin, Texas and raised there with her younger sister. She attended the University of Texas Tech, where she was involved in many school organizations and received her Bachelors of Allied Health Sciences. She continued her occupational therapy education in Lubbock, Texas attending the University of Texas Tech Health Science Center (TTUHSC), where she received her masters degree in Occupational Therapy. Growing up Brenna has always had a strong dedication and passion to work with children. Throughout her graduate school career, Brenna gained a lot of hands on experience working with a vast extent of disabilities and cultures. Brenna has experience treating a wide variety of pediatric patients including feeding, sensory, neurological, developmental delayed, and orthopedic patients. Outside of work Brenna enjoys spending time with her family and friends, listening to live music, going to the lake, wakeboarding, and traveling. She has completed post graduate advanced training/certification in the following areas:
- Autism, Asperger's, Sensory and ADHD- John Taylor, Ph.D
- Mind On The Move-Analysis of Movement from an NDT Perspective-Gail Ritchie, OTR,C-NDT
- Basic Course on the DIR/Floortime Approach-Stanly Greenspan
- Vision Screening and Vision Rehab Therapy-Laurie Chaikin
- iLs Certified (Integrated Listening Systems) Practitioner
Flynn was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Hollins University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and business. After moving to Austin where she began a career in residential real estate, Flynn also worked part-time as a nanny for families in the Austin area. And despite her success in real estate, it was Flynn's love of working with children which drove her to pursue her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She completed her work at the University of Texas, Austin, where she evaluated and treated children with articulation disorders, motor speech disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, social communication disorders and fluency disorders. Flynn is thrilled to be a part of the KidWorks team and looks forward to broadening her experience and expertise at such a highly regarded clinic. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, live music, riding her horse, Belle, and going anywhere outdoors with her dog, Penny.
Meredith is originally from New York City and graduated with a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She received her M.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from The University of Texas at Austin and has worked for the schools and a private practice since 1998. Meredith came to Kidworks in January 2014. She is P.R.O.M.P.T. Certified and has received training in the Hanen Parent Training Programs, Michelle Garcia-Winner's Social Thinking Curriculum, and Interactive Metronome. Meredith has presented social skills training to schools and parent groups in town. She enjoys working with children with motor speech disorders, apraxia, children who stutter, processing disorders, language difficulties, and pragmatic difficulties. When not working, Meredith enjoys spending her time with her husband (a.k.a. The Soup Peddler) and daughter, as well as hiking, biking, reading, crocheting, dancing and cooking.
Megan received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan. She has a passion for working in pediatrics, as she comes from a large family, and has many nieces and nephews she adores. Since graduation Megan has had the opportunity to work in multiple pediatric settings including outpatient, aquatic therapy, and within school settings in the Cincinnati area. She has experience working with children with neurological disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and has had training with the use of assistive technology for this population. Megan has also worked with various other diagnosis including sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum, developmental delay, and learning and behavioral disabilities. Megan is certified in Therapeutic Listening and the Handwriting Without Tears program. Megan’s clinical focus is working with children with food aversions and sensory processing. Her goal is to give motivating and rewarding therapy intervention and serve as a resource for families to help them through the therapeutic process with their child.
In her free time Megan loves spending time with her husband and dog outdoors, camping, hiking and also enjoys baking as a hobby. She recently moved to the Austin area and loves exploring the greenbelt, food, and music venues.