Sarah has been working at Kraska & Associates, since September of 2009 and has provided services to children with a variety of communication needs including those associated with Autism, Dyslexia, Down Sndrome, Apraxia, as well as language and articulation disorders associated with developmental delays. She holds state licensure through the Kentucky Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is nationally certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Sarah is a member of the Kentucky Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Ariane Mongeau, OTR/L
Ariane joined Kraska and Associates in 2007. She received a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University in 2002 where she was also an NCAA swimmer. Ariane has extensive training in the areas of self-regulation, social-emotional development, praxis and vision related learning difficulties. She is certified in the use of Interactive Metronome and Therapeutic Listening. Ariane uses a variety of social thinking curriculums to assist children working individually and in groups to improve social-emotional, motor development, and peer interactions. She feels privileged to work with such a talented group of therapists always pushing their creative skills to develop new games to keep children excited about learning
Judy joined Kraska & Associates in 2009. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology and currently has 45+ years of experience. She previously worked in the Public Schools from 1970-2009 as a Speech Pathologist and resource specialist. She has a certificate for instruction in the Orton-Gillingham based Recipe for Reading Program. She is also a certified instructor of therapy for The DuBard Association Method. Judy is also widely educated with certificates in KU Center For Research on Learning, Word Identification Strategy, Test Taking Strategy, Visual Imagery Strategy, Inference Strategy, Fundamental in Paraphrasing and Summarizing, Word Mapping Strategy, LINKS Vocabulary Strategy, Fundamental in Sentence Writing, Proficiency in Sentence Writing, Paragraph Writing Strategy and many more.
Michelle Sutherland, MS, OTR/L
Michelle graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Michelle has been with Kraska & Associates since her clinical rotation with us. She has experience in sensory integration, fine motor development, self-regulation, social groups and much more! Michelle's hidden strength is that she has seen every children's movie and can quote all the lines! She's known around the office for her creativeness in developing play-based activities that engage the children in meaningful play.
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Tal Curry MSW, LCSW
Tal Curry joined Kraska and Associates in 2015 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master of Social Work from Indiana University in 2001 and Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Drury University in 1996.Tal has over 20 years of experience serving children, youth and families in private practice and community mental health as well as an educator and administrator. Tal has served as a clinician to young children and their
families and has had evidenced based training and clinical experience in Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Incredible Years Parent and Small Group Models. Tal has conducted over 60 regional trainings on best practices in the area of social emotional competence with child care providers, community partners, and parents. Tal has also developed training curriculum on social, emotional, and behavioral health and presented at multiple state conferences and events. Tal has served as a foster and adoptive parent as well as a trainer for the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services. He has adopted three beautiful children from the state. When Tal is not working, he enjoys family time with his wife and three children.
Julie Kraska, OTR/L
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980. Since graduating, Julie has spent the past 35 years focusing her energy and commitment to the field by focusing her scope of practice to the area of pediatric therapy exclusively. Upon graduation, Julie began her career working within the home health setting. She then elected to expand her experience and move to Jacksonville, Florida where she was hired by Nemours Children’s Hospital. It was there that Julie had the opportunity to establish the hospital’s first occupational therapy department. Julie continued to build on her experience by working 14 years at the Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass; an inclusionary preschool. While there, Julie gained a deep appreciation for working alongside teachers, physical therapist, and speech/language pathologist as a member of a team. In September 2003, Julie opened her own practice in Lexington specializing in pediatric occupational therapy. Over the years, Julie has been a consultant for various federal grants, a member of a transdisciplinary evaluation team focusing on children with vision and hearing loss, a guest lecturer for numerous graduate programs at the University of Kentucky and the Human Development Institute at the University. She has presented over 50 workshops and trainings at both national and local levels. Just recently, Julie developed an on-line course in conjunction with the University of Kentucky dealing with self-regulation issues in children.