Miriam Manela, OTR, is the director of The Thrive Group, her private practice housed in a unique sensory gym. She has received advanced training in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Sensory Integration, Attachment Theory and Reflex Integration. Miriam is also a certified Reiki practitioner and Therapeutic Listening™ Provider.
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Elisheva Assaf, MS, OTR, is an occupational therapist at the Thrive Group. Elisheva enjoys helping her clients achieve personal and academic success by maximizing their unique capabilities and unleashing hidden potential. She has experience working in school-based occupational therapy and early intervention.
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Rochel Berger is an occupational therapist at The Thrive Group’s Brooklyn, satellite office. She graduated from NYIT, Suma Cum Laude. She has focused her work with elementary school students with learning challenges. Rochel is passionate about anything OT and enjoys her work! She adores working with children and assisting them in developing their inner self! She has a strong passion for reflex and sensory integration.
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Chavy Freund is an occupational therapist at a satellite branch of The Thrive Group, located in Brooklyn, NY. She has a passion for working with children who have sensory processing challenges, attentional issues and emotional regulation difficulties. She has experience working in school-based OT as well as early intervention in New York for six years.
Chaya Hefter is a highly skilled occupational therapist with almost 25 years experience.
She has been providing services to a wide variety of pediatric populations, including children with Down’s Syndrome, sensory processing disorders, PDD, microcephaly, ASD, torticollis, prematurity, developmental motor delay, ADHD, apraxia, and visual difficulties.
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Shani Kaplan, is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, with learning disabilities, autism, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, ADHD and other diagnoses. She has specialized training in sensory processing, reflex integration, NDT, visual processing, executive functioning, social skills training, handwriting and dyslexia.