Center for Learning
and Neurodevelopment
340 Main Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07014
(973) 365-1444

Our Team

Dinah Leiter Founder & Clinical 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.

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, autistic programs 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 has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of stuttering in children of all ages. Dina firmly believes that individualizing therapy sessions, and involving parents in the therapeutic process, will yield positive results in the children she treats.

Dina provides workshops, educating parents and teachers on topics including:

  1. Normal speech-language development
  2. The impact of speech-language deficits on academic achievement
  3. Facilitating early literacy development

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

Danielle Amster Occupational Therapist

Danielle Amster has been part of the Kid Clan team since 2004. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University in 2000. Danielle is a pediatric therapist with experience in early intervention, school- based therapy in both private and public school settings, and center-based therapy at Kid Clan. She has much experience working with children from birth through age 21, with a specialty in treating children with autism, learning disabilities, and sensory processing difficulties. Danielle continues to actively further her education and has received multiple certifications through taking more than 50 courses including Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, DIR/Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears, and addressing the role of vision as it relates to sensory processing. She has also developed and taught full day workshops for the New York City Board of Education as well as provided instruction in the use of sensory diets and handwriting programs.

When Danielle is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and five children and spending time outdoors.

Michal Arieh Speech Therapist

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.

Joan Checca Physical Therapist

Joan is a pediatric physical therapist. She graduated from S.U.N.Y downstate with a B.S. in physical therapy in 1992. She is an AHA Level 1 therapist and has twenty years of experience treating children with cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, neurological disorders and developmental disabilities. Four of those years were spent teaching movement, gait training and providing physical therapy to children who were both deaf and blind at Helen Keller School For the Blind in Brooklyn NY. Previously she worked at Hospital for Joint Disease and Hospital for Special Surgery where she did extensive splinting and equipment tasks along with post surgical rehabilitation of children with multiple diagnoses. Joan has been integrating the Tae Kwon Do movement vocabulary into her treatments for five years and is a pediatric movement specialist. This is now being developed into a Therapeutic Martial Arts Class for children challenged with physical and neuro-motor disablities. She is involved in community out reach at 1st Cerbral Palsey NJ in Bellville. Joan also works in a public school with children with autistic spectrum disorders. Joan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association section on pediatrics and The American Hippotherapy Association.

Joan holds a second dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do (2nd degree). She is working toward her 3rd Dan at Talium's Cedar Grove School. The entire Checca family is involved in martial arts. Joan earned a level IV certification in Qi Gong (a Chinese form of moving meditation for health and healing) at the Eastern School of Acupuncture. She is passionate about the martial arts, wellness, and nutrition.

Joan lives in Montclair NJ with her family. She enjoys spending time with her family and her golden retriever and enjoys gardening and plays the cello.

Chaya Hyman Occupational Therapist

Chaya Hyman earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami, FL. She subsequently trained at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Experimental Education Unit, a training and research center at the University of Washington. She went on to earn an advanced Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University, specializing in Developmental Pediatrics. She received funding by a grant from the Reseau Provincial de Resherche en Adaptation-Readapation (REPAR) to examine the concurrent validity of the Neurobehavioral Assessment for Pre-term Infants (NAPI). For this study she conducted research at the NICUs (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) of Montreal Children’s Hospital and Jewish General Hospital and published her findings in the medical journal Pediatric Rehabilitation (2005). She also was a co-author on a significant research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) examining the ability of Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment to predict developmental outcomes of high-risk infants. She later worked as a developmental specialist for the SUNY Downstate Infant Child Center in the level-3 NICU at the Long Island College Hospital evaluating and treating extremely-premature and medically-critical infants. In the NICU, she addressed feeding issues and trained parents using the Developmental Care Model (ALS).

Chaya has treated children with a wide range of pediatric diagnoses, neurological impairments, and Sensory Processing Disorders. Her training includes Medek Level 1, NDT, Therapeutic Taping, Feeding, Rhythmic Movements Levels 1-3, Masgutova Neourosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Reflex Integration to Support Education, INPP, Brain Gym, and the H.O.P.E. Method. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test/ SI Treatment by the University of Southern California/WPS. She provided home-based treatment for 9 years through Early Intervention and was an EI Supervisor for 5 years. As a supervisor she conducted training courses and workshops for therapists and parents.

Chaya has treated children with a wide range of pediatric diagnoses, neurological impairments, and Sensory Processing Disorders. Her training includes Medek Level 1, NDT, Therapeutic Taping, Feeding, Rhythmic Movements Levels 1-3, Masgutova Neourosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Reflex Integration to Support Education, INPP, Brain Gym, and the H.O.P.E. Method. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test/ SI Treatment by the University of Southern California/WPS. She provided home-based treatment for 9 years through Early Intervention and was an EI Supervisor for 5 years. As a supervisor she conducted training courses and workshops for therapists and parents.

Kimberly Kones-Abramsohn Occupational Therapist

Kimmy, an occupational therapist has been part of the Kid CLAN team for twelve years. Kimmy received her bachelor's of science in Food, Science and Nutrition from the University of Texas/University of Houston and her master's of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. She has worked in school and clinic settings, evaluating and treating children from age 0-teen years. Kimmy has worked with children with neurological and physical disorders such as agenesis of the corpus collosum, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and Down's syndrome. She is certified in sensory integration and praxis, Therapeutic Listening, The Listening Program, hippotherapy, Social Thinking, Interactive Metronome (adult and pediatric), Yoga for the Special Child, NDT, astronaut training, DIR/floortime and vision therapy.

When Kimmy is not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, yoga, reading, and spending time with her son.

Lauren Martini Occupational Therapist

Lauren Martini has been part of the Kid Clan therapy team since 2009. She received her training at Quinnipiac University and has been a pediatric occupational therapist since 2002. She is in the process of completing her masters. Laurens passion for her field is apparent in her diverse approach to treating the whole child, viewing each child as a whole person with individual needs. Laurens work experience is diverse. She has extensive experience in home and clinic based early intervention, in addition to school based therapy working with children with limited mobility as well as children with autistic spectrum disorders. Lauren has experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment. She has learned to effectively include the use of the iPad and many other devices in treatment.

Lauren is committed to furthering her education, completing numerous training courses on topics including sensory integration, feeding, NDT, and assistive technology. She is a certified and preferred listed provider of Therapeutic Listening. Lauren has completed all levels of the Handwriting without Tears (HWT) courses and is certified to administer the HWT evaluation - the Print Tool. Lauren is level 1 certified in Myofascial Release for pediatrics.

Lauren owns a certified therapy assist dog named Chaney. She loves bringing him to therapy or volunteering with him as much as her hectic schedule allows. Lauren is an emergency medical technician. For fun, she enjoys working out, going to the beach, traveling, and eating out at a variety of restaurants. Lauren has a boyfriend of four years and a dog and 2 cats. Spending time with family is always a priority.

Ariella Neuman Occupational Therapist

Ariella Neuman joined the Kid Clan therapy team in 2006. She achieved her Masters Degree in 2005 from Columbia University, receiving honors for her work in Gerontology. She works with preschool through middle school aged students at the Kid Clan center, and has worked intensively with children with autism spectrum disorders. She has worked with children with a wide variety of cognitive, sensory, physical and social difficulties.

Always in pursuit of continuing her own education Ariella has achieved entry level certification in BrainGym 101, and received training in Handwriting Without Tears, Balametrics, ABA techniques, Yoga for Kids and sensory integration intervention.

Outside of her professional career, Ariella is a loving wife and a devoted mother to 4 beautiful girls.

Batsheva Preil Speech Language Pathologist

Batsheva Preil has been practicing as a speech language pathologist at KidClan since 2006. For over 10 years she has provided therapy to children of all ages, as well as adults in various settings. While her primary focus has been intervention in the private practice setting, Batsheva has also provided services to preschool, elementary school and middle school children at the Moriah School of Englewood and Yeshivat Noam in Bergen County.

Batsheva received a Masters degree in Biology from New York University and a Masters of Arts degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Kean University. Her work experience includes evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders, with emphasis on articulation, oral placement therapy, swallowing issues, language delays and auditory processing deficits. Batsheva especially enjoys the teamwork approach to intervention with parents and therapists collaborating together for the benefit of her clients.

Batsheva is licensed in New York and New Jersey and is PROMPT trained. She has received an ASHA Award for Continuing Education. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, as well as enjoying a variety of creative artistic pursuits.

Michelle Pruzansky Occupational Therapist

Michelle Pruzansky has been part of the Kid Clan team since 2006. She is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in working with children with sensory integration difficulties. She earned her Masters of Science from Columbia University in occupational therapy in 2005. Michelle was the recipient of the Joan Bozuwa Award for Scholarship, Leadership, Integrity and Creativity. Michelle recently published her first therapy book, "1001 Pediatric Treatment Activities: Creative Ideas for Therapy Sessions," to provide therapists with fun and exciting activities for children during therapy sessions. Michelle has received training and various certifications in Therapeutic Listening, Brain Gym, ABA techniques, and Yoga for kids. Michelle also specializes in working with handwriting difficulties and has presented numerous workshops to teachers in various settings on different handwriting approaches.

When Michelle is not at work she enjoys playing with her children, and enjoys aerobics, Pilates, and playing Words with Friends.

Ephraim Yablok Physical Therapist

Receiving his Masters degree in physical therapy from Long Island University in 2002, and post-professional Doctorate in 2007, Ephraim gained diverse experience through his involvement with the various physical therapy centers. Ephraim's experience working in orthopedic/sports and neuro-rehab facilities, as well as the New York City department of Education demonstrates his flexibility in working with a wide range of age groups and diagnoses. Eager to widen his experience, Ephraim works with infants and toddlers in early intervention. As an early intervention therapist he provides home-based treatment and assessment services to children with developmental disabilities and educates parents and caregivers with regard to their roles in promoting development. Ephraim has also served as a school-based clinical instructor for senior-level physical therapy students since 2005 and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. Ephraim has advanced certification in Cuevas MEDEK Exercises, a highly specialized approach to promote the development of neuromotor skills in developmentally delayed and disabled children.

When Ephraim is not at work he enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid drummer.

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