Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT Owner/Executive Director
Aubrey Schmalle is a registered occupational therapist licensed in Connecticut and New York. She specializes in using a sensory–based approach to help children develop the skills they need to live, learn, and play.
After graduating with a bachelors degree from Boston University in 2002, she completed a specialty fieldwork at a clinic that is a leader in the field of sensory integration research. She continued her studies to obtain an advanced certification in sensory integration theory and practice. Her areas of expertise include functional visual skill development, visual-vestibular integration, praxis and executive function, and using sound-based therapies to enhance treatment outcomes.
Since 2005, she has developed four in-clinic fieldwork programs and supervised several masters-level occupational therapy students. She also educates parents, teachers, and other professionals on the value of using sensory-based treatment techniques to facilitate learning and speech development.
She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders, as well as neuromotor impairments, genetic disabilities, and vision impairments. Aubrey believes that the most effective treatment is one that is dynamic and specific to the child. As an educator, evaluator, and treating clinician, she strives to provide high quality, individualized treatment interventions. These interventions are designed to help children develop confidence and a desire to explore and engage in the world around them as they continue to learn and grow.
Amanda Michel, MLD, OTR/L
Amanda is a senior therapist at Sensational Achievements. She is a registered Occupational Therapist licensed in both Connecticut and Illinois. She received her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 1995, and her Masters of Leadership Studies from North Central College in 2004.
Amanda also specializes in using a total approach to feeding intervention inclusive of sensory, oral motor, and behavioral interventions that are family-focused and emphasize the collaborative process of eating from both a social and nutrition standpoint. She is currently the Feeding Program Coordinator, responsible for evaluation and oversight of programming for children receiving feeding therapy both for picky eating and treatment of more complex motor or medical issues.
Amanda is an advanced practice pediatric occupational therapist with 18 years of pediatric experience ranging from direct treatment to administration. She has experience with inpatient neonatal and pediatric intensive care , outpatient clinic settings and specialty clinics, working with children in their school environment, and educating future occupational therapists as an adjunct professor and mentor. She is neonatal oral motor assessment certified, was an international board certified lactation consultant from 2006-2011, and teaches infant massage. Amanda has continuing education in a variety of pediatric therapy techniques including sensory integration, NDT, feeding (NICU graduates, challenging breast/bottle feeding, cleft palate, tube to oral feedings, sequential oral sensory approach, food chaining), fussy baby, yoga, and pediatric fine motor/hand therapy/splinting.
Research based interventions, collaboration with parents and professionals, and creative yet flexible treatment strategies imbedded in fun filled engaging play are the foundation of her treatment approach.
Rachel Butler, COTA/L
Rachel joined the Sensational Achievements team in February 2017. She brings her love of play, experience as a Mom of two boys, and 12 years of Montessori teaching experience to the gym every day. She received her OTA degree from Goodwin College after observing children in her classroom who struggled with motor skills, learning, and classroom participation and decided that she wanted to be able to provide more individualized intervention. As a COTA, it gives her great pleasure to provide sensory integrative interventions as well as parent training and support to assist children in making strides, meeting challenges, and gaining confidence to take with them wherever they go.
Jeanne Fleck, Multi-sensory Tutor
Jeanne Fleck is a recently retired Special Education Teacher who has worked in the Stamford Public School system for 45 years. She is a native of Stamford and and is married with three adult children. Jeanne is very excited about the opportunity to join the Sensational Achievements team as she believes in the power of using multi-sensory strategies to help children learn and adapting teaching techniques to meet the unique needs of each child. As an Educational Consultant and Multisensory tutor, she can combine the two things she loves most: working with children and helping parents understand how to navigate the world of education. Jeanne graduated from the University of Connecticut (‘71) with a B.S. in Special Education and from Southern Connecticut State University (‘75) with a Masters in Comprehensive Special Education (‘80) with a 6th year in Administration/Supervision. She has extensive experience working within the educational system, helping parents to understand the process of accessing special education services and related supports as well as working directly with children to support learning. As an educator, Jeanne has added many tools to her teaching toolbox and is always looking for new ideas and strategies to integrate into her tutoring. She takes a positive and collaborative approach to both teaching and educational consulting to empower families to facilitate academic achievement and lifelong strategies for learning. In her free time, Jeanne is an avid reader, she also enjoys puzzles/games, loves all animals and playing with her new puppy, Austin.
Melonie Stout, Office Manager
With over 10 years experience in office management and marketing, Melonie Stout is a seasoned administrator who has bought positive change to Sensational Achievements.
Melonie manages the billing and insurance issues as well as provides administrative support to staff and families. Since Melonie’s arrival in February 2017, she has initiated several business development strategies including consistent social media, colorful newsletters and marketing campaigns. She is also working to increase the visibility and growth of Body Activated Learning online and in the community. She hopes to keep helping the company grow more and more sensational.