Kristina Laakko Stroh ~ Founder, Executive Director, and Floortime Specialist
Kristina Laakko Stroh is the Founder and Executive Director of All The Difference, Inc. Kristina works one on one with children and families teaching Floortime. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Lebanon Valley College in 1993, majoring in Psychology with a double concentration in Developmental and Clinical psychology with additional extensive work in Psychobiology (neuro-biological sciences) and a double Minor in the disciplines of Sociology and Social Work. Kristina has completed additional post graduate work in Therapeutic Social Work with intensive training in Counseling under Supervision. Personally trained by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Jake Greenspan, Kristina holds her mastery certificate in DIR Theory. She is also certified in Therapeutic Listening and is working towards her Interactive Metronome certification. Professional experiences also include: Crisis Intervention Counselor and Certified Mental Health Delegate for the State of Pennsylvania, QMRP for Keystone Health Services of PA, Family Crisis Therapist for the State of Delaware, an expert witness in the Family Court System in Delaware, and a Mom. In addition, Kristina has organized and run a number of trainings, seminars, and conferences for the State of Delaware and for All The Difference, Inc. Kristina’s greatest joy in the professional and personal world is working with children. She strongly believes in the power of learning and strengthening development through play and the relationships built there in.
Jaime Tae ~ Lead Occupational Therapist
Jaime Tae, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist working with children for 11 years. She began with us at All The Difference in March of 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2000 and pursued post-professional graduate studies in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice at Temple University in 2004. Prior to starting at All The Difference, Jaime participated in an intensive mentorship program under the tutelage of Lucy Miller, PhD OTR and Sarah Schoen, PhD OTR at the STAR Center in Denver, Colorado. This mentorship focused on the diagnosis and treatment of sensory processing disorders. Jaime’s professional experiences include, but are not limited to, pediatric outpatient rehabilitation, and school-based therapy services for children with either a diagnosis or classification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also certified in Therapeutic Listening and as currently working towards her Interactive Metronome certification. As a current member of the All The Difference team Jaime has earned her Mastery Certificate in DIR Theory and receives regular mentoring from Jake Greenspan. Jaime has a passion for working with children; especially those with challenges related to how their systems process different sensations. She sees the value in understanding how these challenges impact a child’s abilities to stay calm and focused, interact with others, and to learn. It is through this understanding that families can begin to make the most effective change in helping their child reach his/her greatest potential.
Caitlin McElrath ~ Occupational Therapist
In March of 2011, Caitlin McElrath, M.S. OTR/L started working at All The Difference in March of 2011 as an Occupational Therapist. Caitlin graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Delaware and with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from The Sage Colleges. Throughout her graduate program she worked in various settings including adult acute and rehabilitative care, pediatric outpatient care, as well as school based settings. As an entry level professional, Caitlin’s experience with the pediatric population includes working with children from birth to adolescence with a variety of diagnoses including sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum issues and developmental disabilities. In 2008, she received the City of Newark Town Community Service Award for over 300 hours of work with the Easter Seals Early Intervention Program. While at Sage, she worked in both a public school elementary school and private preschool creating organized activity based groups within the classroom environment and providing therapy services to young children with special needs. In addition, from 2008-2010, Caitlin assisted in implementing a Tweens Evening Program in Troy, NY which provided a group based setting for children ages 6-13 to interact with others during sensory based activities. To conclude her educational career, Caitlin completed her fieldwork at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Jersey where she assessed and treated children aged 0-18 based on their individualized developmental and sensory integration needs. She has also completed both her DIR/Floortime and Theraputic Listening certificates. She is currently working on her Interactive Metronome certification. Caitlin is passionate about her work as an occupational therapist and is dedicated to children and their families. She is excited that she began career with All the Difference and utilizing the Floortime Model with children to help them develop to their full potential!
Elizabeth Hunsinger ~ Occupational Therapist
Beth Hunsinger, MS, OTR/L, joined the All The Difference team in March 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Villanova University in 2012, and received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University in 2014. Beth was first introduced to DIR/Floortime and Sensory Integration theory in high school and college, when she worked as a summer assistant in a therapy program based on these approaches. During her graduate training, Beth completed a clinical fieldwork placement at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, where she worked with children ages 0-18 with a variety of developmental, physical, and medical challenges. She is certified in Integrated Listening Systems and plans to pursue a Mastery Certificate in the Greenspan Floortime Approach. As a sibling of an individual with developmental differences, Beth has always had a passion for helping children to reach their full potential. Beth has seen firsthand how children can flourish when adults take the time to truly understand their individual strengths and needs. She believes that the DIR/Floortime and Sensory Integration models provide an opportunity to engage with each child in a way that emphasizes their strengths and supports their areas of need, all through the use of meaningful interactions and play.
Victoria Hoover ~ Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Torrie, B.S. COTA/L joined the All The Difference team in September, 2013, after earning her Associates of Applied Sciences in Occupational Therapy in 2011. One of the greatest things she loves about working at All the Difference is how dedicated the staff is to understanding each child’s unique needs, and how the staff provides those needs in a natural and playful environment. As a current member of the All the Difference team, Torrie has earned her Certificate of Mastery from The Greenspan Floortime Approach, as well as completed training in multi-sensory interventions including Integrated Listening System (iLs). Torrie has provided occupational therapy services for children in a school-based setting for three years, she has always been interested in the field and had previously spent over 10 years with The Mary Campbell Center’s Children and Youth Department. It was this experience which sparked her passion for assisting children with developmental differences by improving their social and recreational skills through play, while promoting independence, self-esteem, and growth. Committed to furthering her education, Torrie received her Bachelors Degree in Allied Health in 2014 and plans on continuing her studies by earning her Master’s Degree in the near future.
Jacqueline Galya ~ Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and Floortime Specialist
Jacqueline Galya, COTA/L began working at All the Difference in July of 2013. She has a background in music/music education and early childcare. She began working with children in 2007, first as a camp counselor and music instructor. In 2008 Jacquie began working as a nanny for a child with developmental differences through whom she had her first exposure to Occupational Therapy and its benefits. While acting as caregiver she was able to witness first-hand the importance and beneficial nature of child-led play for all areas of life. She believes that play is a child’s means of communication, through which truly anything can be achieved. She understands that what may appear to be small things can in fact be huge triumphs, and that these triumphs are as unique and wonderful as the child experiencing them. Jacquie holds her Mastery Certificate in the Greenspan Floortime Approach, and in 2014 she trained in the DIR/Floortime Approach with Jake Greenspan. She holds her certification as an Advanced Integrated Listening Systems Practitioner, allowing her to combine her two passions, music and the importance of play. Jacquie received her Associates of Applied Sciences in Occupational Therapy in May 2015 and is in the process of completing her Bachelors Degree in Allied Health. In the future, Jacquie plans to pursue a graduate education in Occupational Therapy at the doctoral level.
Michelle Desmond Richards ~ Social Worker and Floortime Specialist
Michelle Desmond Richards, MSW has been a Floortime Specialist with All The Difference since January 2011. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Social Work in 2004, and a Master of Social Work in 2006, both from Widener University in Chester, PA. She has completed trainings in Play Therapy techniques, has received her DIR Mastery Certificate, and is certified in Interactive Metronome. Michelle is also currently working toward a certification in the Greenspan DIR/Floortime Approach through Jake Greenspan. Michelle has provided social work and therapy services to Elwyn, Inc., Ascend Management Innovations and Foundations Behavioral Health. Her professional experiences include: individual, group, and family therapy work, crisis intervention, family advocacy, treatment planning, and agency coordination for children/adolescents with a variety of special needs in a residential treatment setting. She has completed needs assessments for adolescents and adults receiving mental health services in the state of Pennsylvania, and has provided Mobile Therapy services for children and adolescents with learning and developmental differences. Michelle believes in the resilience of children, and in the importance of using children’s natural language, play, in order to meet them where they are in their development and to help them climb their developmental ladder to higher levels of thinking.
April Laakko ~ Administrative/Scheduling Coordinator and Sensory Friendly Haircuts
April officially joined All The Difference in April 2013 as part of our administrative and scheduling staff and performs on-site, sensory friendly haircuts. She has been involved with the organization since 2009. April is a licensed professional cosmetologist by trade for the past 20 years. For the past 12 years she worked as a manager and stylist at a children’s hair salon and learned the importance of compassion when working with children. She helped many children through haircuts that struggled with sensory differences. April has a special connection with individuals that needed that extra gentle touch. She has a natural passion to help people and takes the time to talk and connect with everyone she makes contact with. April is a proud mother of 3 beautiful girls which have taught her that patience is a virtue. They have also taught her that imagination and play let you enter a child’s mind. She has been on the Clambake Committee for the past 3 years acting as co-chair in 2013 and chaired in 2014.
Madeline Cobb ~ Administrative Assistant/Floortime Treatment Specialist Assistant
Madeline started working at All The Difference in August 2013 as a Floortime Treatment Specialist Assistant. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from University of Delaware in 2011, became an iLs (Integrated Listening Systems) Associate in early 2014, and trained with Jake Greenspan in the DIR/Floortime approach in 2014. Before Maddy started working at All The Difference, she had worked in Pennsylvania as a TSS (Therapeutic Staff Support), providing behavioral interventions and ABA drills with children varying on the Autism Spectrum. Over time, she felt that there had to be a more effective way to work with the behavioral needs she was seeing. Being inspired by an Occupational Therapist she met, she sought out All The Difference, a place she had found through the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival a few years earlier. Through her work and training at All The Difference, she has found her passion in life and a way to work with children that she knows will truly benefit each child as an individual. Maddy loves the fact that she can communicate with any child through their natural language- playing! She is currently seeking to further her education for a Masters in Occupational Therapy in the near future.