Developmental Therapists

Rachel Crowder: I have committed my professional career to educating children. As a public school teacher and developmental therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students. I have enjoyed working with a variety of students, including students with special needs. I have experience and feel comfortable working with children with learning disabilities, developmental delays, speech delays, ADD, ADHA, ODD, mild mental disabilities, and Spanish speaking children. I am a mother of three and know that learning starts at home. I would love the opportunity to work with your child to ensure they have the best start. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Julie Earlewine: We all want the best for our children. Being a mother, I know that I long for the best for my child. As your developmental therapist, I will come into your home and provide a caring and beneficial experience for your child so that they can reach their needed goals and the goals you as the parent desire for them. My experience is strong in language delays and children with Autism. Due to these experiences with children, I am able to coordinate speech activities in with developmental activities. I have worked closely with various types of children including those with behavior disorders, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and communication disorders. Whatever your child’s need, as your child’s First Step therapist I will be there to support him/her and you the parent by providing appropriate activities during our sessions. My schedule is flexible. I look forward to working with you as we strive to see your child grow and develop.

Christie Heller-

Holly McIntosh-20 +years of experience working with children, 10 years as a Developmental Therapist in early intervention , Bachelor of Science degree in education, teaching experience in private & public sectors, experience working with children with developmental  and intellectual delays, chromosomal disorders , autism, speech delay, behavioral issues, sensory integration,vision/ hearing impairment…  Knowledge of baby signs & basic Spanish.

Jamie Wilkinson- I have over 15 years experience working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, advocacy centers, etc. Within these settings I have worked with children who have developmental delays, behavioral problems, those who are medically fragile and children who have endured trauma or come from “hard places”. I have a Bachelors degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Human Development/Family Studies. Additionally, I have a Masters degree in School Counseling. I have completed coursework in child development, developmental psychology, special education and have read countless books on early childhood development and parenting. My husband and I have four children, ranging in age from two­nine years old. Our youngest was adopted internationally and received First Steps services. I would love the opportunity to work with you and your family.

Trisha Zastrow: I LOVE my job! I have experience woking with children with speech delays, autism, challenging behaviors, and sensory integration disorders to name a few. I have worked in the public school systems for four years and I am currently pursuing my Masters in Early Childhood Education. I use all areas of development into my therapy sessions with an emphasis on cognitive, social- emotional, and communication skills. I work closely with the family and or childcare providers to ensure the most positive and effective learning environment possible. I also find that co-treating and close communication among all therapists to be a crucial key in having a successful relationship and growth with the child.

Jamie Wilkinson:  I have over 15 years experience working with children in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, advocacy centers, etc. Within these settings I have worked with children who have developmental delays, behavioral problems, those who are medically fragile and children who have endured trauma or come from “hard places”. I have a Bachelors degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Human Development/Family Studies. Additionally, I have a Masters degree in School Counseling. I have completed coursework in child development, developmental psychology, special education and have read countless books on early childhood development and parenting. My husband and I have four children, ranging in age from two­nine years old. Our youngest was adopted internationally and received First Steps services. I would love the opportunity to work with you and your family.