THE STAFF at KidsThrive are a group of passionate, dedicated and experienced therapists. We approach children with respect and understanding while encouraging them to stretch outside of their comfort zones in our safe and supportive environment. We are also a teaching facility and have students from Columbia and NYU regularly for their fieldwork experience.
ABBEY BROD ROSEN
Abbey is the owner and creator of Kids Thrive. A graduate of Tufts University, Abbey has practiced Occupational Therapy for over 30 years. She began her career working with neurologically involved clients and worked at New York Hospital until 1994. Abbey was an Adjunct Professor in the graduate program of the Occupational Therapy department at New York University for 16 years specializing in Perception and Cognition. With an extensive background in sensory processing disorder, Abbey has also given basic and advanced workshops to schools and at conferences. She has advanced training in Sensory Processing, the Safe and Sound Protocol, Integrated Listening, Therapeutic Listening, Rhythmic Movement (RMTi), Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Handwriting without Tears and many more.
Melissa has been working with children since she received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University in 2002. She has been working in a variety of settings, including preschools, elementary schools, sensory gyms, and home based settings. Melissa enjoys working with children of all ages and believes in making therapy fun to promote motivation, confidence and engagement in functional activities. She uses her background in psychology and experience as a mother to provide a holistic approach to support the children she works with.
Maggie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University in Chicago in 1991. Her undergraduate degree was from Virginia Tech in Child Development. Maggie’s mother was also a pediatric OT and inspired her interest in the field. Maggie has worked in various settings including hospital based acute pediatric rehabilitation, developmental follow up for preemies and in a preschool setting. She has been working with school-aged children through a home-based practice for the last 10 years. Providing children with tools to succeed in every aspect of their lives has always been a goal for Maggie. Being a mother has also given Maggie new perspectives on ways to teach children and help them reach their goals.