Staff

ABBEY BROD ROSEN
Abbey is the owner and creator of KidsThrive. Abbey graduated from Tufts University in 1982. . Abbey began her career in California, and moved back to the east coast in 1986 where she worked at New York Hospital till 1994. She was an adjunct faculty at NYU for 16 years, specializing in Perception and Cognition. Abbey has specialized certification in Neurodevelopemental Treatment, Integrated Listening, Therapeutic Listening, Handwriting without Tears and advanced mentoring in SPD. She is presently involved in research involving sensory processing and the tactile system responses.

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MELISSA FRIEDMAN
Melissa is a licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapist who has a been providing Occupational Therapy for preschool and school age children both in a preschool setting and in private practice. She also currently works at the Rivendell School in Brooklyn since October 2002 and at Sage for Children on the upper west side since July 2011. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She has a background in sensory integration, Handwriting Without Tears and Therapeutic Listening. She enjoys working with children of all ages. Through her variety of experiences, she has learned the importance of closely collaborating with parents, other service providers, and teachers to provide the best possible outcomes for the children.

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MAGGIE BOYD
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.

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