Welcome to Believe It and Achieve It, LLC

  

Services we provide:

• ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy 

• Occupational Therapy

• Physical Therapy

• Speech Therapy

Appointments: (813) 374-0442

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About Us

Why Choose Us

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Believe It and Achieve It,LLC is a premier pediatric therapy practice. We specialize in collaborative treatment of children with varying abilities who struggle with speech and language, sensorimotor disorders, gross and fine motor skills and challenging behavior. Some of the children we work with are diagnosed with :

  

• ADD and ADHD 

• Apraxia 

• Auditory Processing Disorders

• Autism Spectrum DIsorder

• Cerebral Palsy 

• Developmental Delay 

• Down Syndrome 

• Dyslexia

• Hyperlexia

• Language Delays 

• Neurological Impairments

• Reading and Learning Differences

• Sensory Integration Dysfunction

• Torticollis

Specialized Treatments

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• Dolphin Neurostim (MPS)

• Handwriting Without Tears

• Integrated Listening Systems

• Interactive Metronome

• PROMPT

• Neuronet

• Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention

• Therapeutic Listening

Our Vision

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We believe that each child is born with special gifts. As a premier provider of innovative therapies, we are able to help children unwrap these gifts and  develop to their maximum potential. We believe that the sky is the limit. We strive to help our clients and their families through our family-oriented and family friendly environment. If you can believe it, you can achieve it.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

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What is Autism

Autism is defined by the Autism Society of America (ASA) as "a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities".

 

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Getting a Diagnosis

From birth to at least 36 months of age, every child should be screened for developmental milestones during routine well visits. When such a screening—or a parent—raises concerns about a child's development, the doctor should refer the child to a specialist in developmental evaluation and early intervention. These evaluations should include hearing and lead exposure tests as well as an autism-specific screening tool such as the M-CHAT. Among these screening tools are several geared to older children and/or specific autism spectrum disorders. A typical diagnostic evaluation involves a multi-disciplinary team of doctors including a pediatrician, psychologist, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. Genetic testing may likewise be recommended, as well as screening for related medical issues such as sleep difficulties. This type of comprehensive helps parents understand as much as possible about their child's strengths and needs. 


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Autism Diagnosis "Levels"

Level 3: “Requiring very substantial support

Severe deficits in verbal and nonverbal social communication skills cause severe impairments in functioning, very limited initiation of social interactions, and minimal response to social overtures from others.

For example, a person with few words of intelligible speech who rarely initiates interaction and, when he or she does, makes unusual approaches to meet needs only and responds to only very direct social approaches.

Inflexibility of behavior, extreme difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviors markedly interfere with functioning in all spheres. Great distress/difficulty changing focus or action.


Level 2: “Requiring substantial support”

Marked deficits in verbal and nonverbal social communication skills; social impairments apparent even with supports in place; limited initiation of social interactions; and reduced or abnormal responses to social overtures from others.

For example, a person who speaks in simple sentences, whose interaction is limited to narrow special interests, and who has markedly odd nonverbal communication.

Inflexibility of behavior, difficulty coping with change, or other restricted/repetitive behaviors appear frequently enough to be obvious to the casual observer and interfere with functioning in a variety of contexts. Distress and/or difficulty changing focus or action.


Level 1: “Requiring support”

Without supports in place, deficits in social communication cause noticeable impairments. Difficulty initiating social interactions, and clear examples of atypical or unsuccessful responses to social overtures of others. May appear to have decreased interest in social interactions. For example, a person who is able to speak in full sentences and engages in communication but whose to-and-fro conversation with others fails, and whose attempts to make friends are odd and typically unsuccessful.

Inflexibility of behavior causes significant interference with functioning in one or more contexts. Difficulty switching between activities. Problems of organization and planning hamper independence.


Speech Therapy

What is Speech Therapy

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Speech therapy is a form of therapy designed to address speech and language disorders. Speech therapy is provided by speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathology assistants. Speech-language pathologists work with individuals who have difficulty developing speech or who cannot produce speech sounds clearly. They work with individuals who have problems understanding and producing language. They also work with individuals with voice disorders and rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering. Speech-language pathologists provide therapy for accent reduction and therapy for those with cognitive communication impairments such as attention, memory, and problem solving. They also work with individuals who have feeding and swallowing difficulties.

   

Diagnoses often seen in Speech Therapy

• Apraxia

• Auditory Processing Disorders

• Autism Spectrum Disorder

• Developmental Delay

• Down Syndrome

• Dyslexia

• Hyperlexia

• Language Delay

• Neurological Impairments

• Reading and Learning Differences
 


 


 

Meet our Speech Therapists

Tara Woodill, MS, CCC-SLP

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Tara is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Master’s of Science degree from Nova Southeastern. She also has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and holds a Florida certification in Elementary Education. 

Tara has 15+ years of experience working with children in private practice/home healthcare and school settings. She is a certified Early Interventionist/Early Steps provider focusing on early intervention services for children ages birth to three. She enjoys working with a variety of disorders and disabilities including language learning delay, autism spectrum disorder and phonological/literacy disorders. Tara loves working with the pediatric population and is passionate about connecting with and engaging each child in a manner that supports their individual needs. 

Cierra Quigley M.A., CCC-SLP

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Cierra is a state licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Minor in Educational Studies from the University of Florida. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida. She has done clinical work in outpatient facilities, hospitals, and schools. Cierra's passion is working with children with autism. Her passion stems from her relationship with her younger brother with autism, who received speech therapy at KidPro when he was younger! Cierra also works with children with receptive and expressive language delays, apraxia, literacy/phonological disorders, and other speech and language disorders. 

Linda Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Linda is a speech-language pathologist with a Masters in Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. She holds a bachelors of Science in Special Education from Wagner College in New York. Linda has worked in the field for 20 years in many different settings. She specializes in the area of pediatric language development. She has three children of her own: Stephen, Elizabeth and Jeffrey. Her husband Steve is a retired Army LTC employed by TRW.

Krista Hodges, MA CCC-SLP

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Krista is a state licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Master of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary  Education, with a minor in Exceptional Education from UCF. She has four years of clinical experience in the outpatient pediatric private practice setting treating children with a variety of medical diagnoses and speech and language disorders. She also has  clinical experience with the geriatric population in skilled nursing facilities. Krista has a passion for incorporating meaningful literature into her treatment sessions whenever possible to help unlock a love of language, stories, and creativity in the children  she works with! 

Jessie Roffer, CCC-SLP

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Jessie is a state licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida, and a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University. Jessie has worked in the field for over 9 years in hospital, outpatient, school, and private practice settings. Her professional interests include early intervention, autism, resonance, language delays, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Jessie is certified in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Therapy.  

Jessie enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and cooking. 

Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational therapists provide services for children from birth to early adulthood. Occupational therapy focuses on helping your child to build the necessary skills needed to participate in their occupation – PLAY. Play is an important aspect of your child’s life that promotes language, social, and cognitive skills. Occupational therapy also focuses on developing fine motor, eye-hand coordination, self-help, and sensory processing skills. Along with developing these skills, occupational therapy services can enhance the potential of a child throughout their developmental years and build skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime.


What is Sensory Integration? 

There are seven senses that form the foundation of sensory integration, they are: visual, auditory, touch, smell, taste, vestibular (input regarding the position of one’s head in space in pull of gravity), and proprioception (awareness of one’s body and movement in space). The vestibular and proprioceptive systems work very closely together for one’s ability to develop many skills including attention and arousal, balance, and coordination. When speaking of sensory integration, we are speaking of the abilities of a person to take in sensory information from their environment, process that information within their brain, and then respond to that information appropriately. The appropriate response may be a motor output, emotional reaction, or to ignore the information altogether. Although the actual organs of a particular sensory system may be functioning adequately, if there is difficulty with the processing of that information in brain, then the response to the information may be affected. Sensory integration is the foundation that allows for complex learning and behavior.


Which children would benefit from SI or Occupational Therapy?

If after reviewing the signs and symptoms listed, you suspect your child may have a sensory integrative disorder, an evaluation can be conducted at our center by a qualified occupational therapist. Evaluations usually consist of both standardized testing and structured observation of responses to sensory stimulation, posture, balance, coordination, and eye movements. In general, children with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, down’s syndrome, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, autism, pervasive developmental disorder, fine motor delays, sensory integration dysfunction, and handwriting skills benefit from OT and/or SI.

Who will be working with my child

Your child will be seen with one of our highly –qualified occupational therapists who specialize in the pediatric population. Our occupational therapists each have extensive experience in SI treatment for pediatrics, and stay up to date with the latest treatment techniques through continuing education. We will pair your child with the appropriate OT specific to his/her needs. 


How do I know if my child needs OT?

Does your child exhibit…

Oversensitivity or undersensitivity to touch, taste, movement, smell or sight?

For example: Your child avoids touch, refuses to wear certain clothing, is a picky eater, covers his/her ears or eyes, or conversely, craves sensations like grabbing others, prefers hot bath water and spice foods, and seems oblivious to sensory cues.

Oversensitivity or undersensitivity to movement sensation?

For example: Your child seeks out movement like swinging, twirling, jumping, or avoids active games.

Unusually high or low activity level?

For example: Your child may be constantly on the go, wearing out everyone around him/her or moves slowly and tires easily, showing little interest in the world.

  

What diagnoses and treatment do you work with?

Common Diagnosis

• ADD

• ADHD

• Apraxia

• Auditory Processing Disorders

• Autism

• Cerebral Palsy

• Developmental Delay

• Down Syndrome

• Dyslexia

• Neurological Impairments

• Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Specialized Treatments

• Integrated Listening Systems

• Interactive Metronome

• The Listening Program

• Neuronet

• Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention

• Therapeutic Listening Therapy

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Meet our Occupational Therapists

Kimberly Lamke, MS, OTR/L

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Kimberly Lamke is a licensed Occupational Therapist with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of South Florida in Gerontology, and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. She has worked in private practices, outpatient hospitals, and home health. Mrs. Lamke specializes in sensory integration, Therapeutic Listening, REI, anxiety disorders, and holds an advanced certification in Interactive Metronome, as well as being an early steps provider. She has over 18 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition, Kimberly is a certified health coach. Kimberly is the founder and owner of Believe It and Achieve It, LLC .

Donna Kato, MS, OTR/L

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Donna Kato is a licensed Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of South Florida. She also holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University. Donna has previously taught students with special needs in Hillsborough County and holds her teaching certificate in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education.

 

Judith Contreras, COTA/L

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 Judith Contreras graduated from Keiser University with an Associate  Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is fluent in English, Spanish and  Sign Language. In 2013, she and her daughter moved to Florida from New  York City. Judith began working with pediatrics as a student during  her fieldwork rotation which was an inspiration to specialize her  work in the pediatric field. She loves to spend her spare time with her  daughter and her family, playing board games, and cooking.    

Colby Laufer, COTA/L

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Colby is originally from Long Island, NY and moved to Tampa in 2012. Colby received her B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy Sciences. She furthered her passion to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant and graduated from Keiser University. She is a Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA/L) and enjoys working with children. Colby volunteers with a non-profit organization working with individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She is extremely goal oriented and loves working with people. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog Charlie.


Jamie Clark MS OTR/L

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Jamie is a licensed occupational therapist with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Seton Hall University. She moved from Ohio to Florida. Jamie graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology with a business minor. She is certified in therapeutic listening and interactive metronome, and completed Handwriting with Tears program. Jamie’s variety of clinical experiences with children with Autism, sensory processing and cognitive disorders, developmental delays, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, parent/caregiver coaching, and adults. She has worked in private practices, schools, home health, and aquatic therapy at the recreation center.  Jamie uses her creative ideas to make therapy fun in order to assist her clients in achieving their goals. Her professional interests include sensory integration, aquatic therapy, and assistive technology. Jamie co-developed an aquatic occupational therapy program in Ohio and she intends to bring the program to Tampa soon. She enjoys working with children of all ages and their family. Jamie also worked with adults at a skilled nursing facility.
Jamie lives in Tampa with her husband and two cats Rocky and Princess Jewels. She enjoys traveling, going to the beach, sewing projects, gardening, spending time with her husband, family, friends, and two cats. 

George Pietrowski, COTA/L

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George is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. and moved to Florida in  1994. He is a licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant with an  Associate of Science degree from the Keiser University and an Associate  of Arts degree from ST. Petersburg College. He is a very passionate and  extremely motivated therapist that loves to work with kiddos.  George  has internship experience in the Pasco county school system and  pediatric clinic. He has attended the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) course as well  as MPS (microcurrent point stimulation), which has become a beneficial  and successful part of therapy treatments. He enjoys spending time with  his girlfriend and her son at the beach, Cub Scouts or relaxing at home. 


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Physical Therapy

What is Physical Therapy (PT)?

PT provides care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from, for example, back and neck injuries, sprains/strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, conditions such as cerebral palsy and spina bifida, autism, and injuries related to work and sports. Physical therapy care and services are provided by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapists evaluate and diagnose movement dysfunction and use interventions to treat patient/clients. Interventions may include therapeutic exercise, functional training, manual therapy techniques, assistive and adaptive devices and equipment, and physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities.

Meet our Physical Therapists

Judi Habesevich, PT

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Judi is a licensed physical therapist with over 30 years experience in both in and out-patient settings, schools, and early intervention programs. She has worked with all patient populations but has specialized in pediatrics. She attended Temple University and completed all course work towards her Ph.D. with a major in Motor Learning and a special concentration in Human Development through play. Judi was a resource clinician and senior physical therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, working in Pediatrics Judi specializes in seating and positioning, assistive technology, developmental play, and an expertise in splinting and casting. She has training in Feldenkrais, Balametrics, Muscle Energy Techniques, and ETPS. Judi is a proud mother of one college graduate son.

Melany Rivera, PT

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Melany is a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Physical Therapist that began her career in 2007, Melany has over 10 years of experience, and has worked in pediatrics, geriatrics, and orthopedic/sports medicine. Special areas of interest include: Torticollis - Diagnose and treatment, Kinesio Taping in Pediatrics, "Out of Sync Child", and Muscle energy Techniques. Melany is married, and has 3 wonderful little girls.

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ABA Services provided by Robin DeHainaut and Julie Jackson

Applied Behavior Approaches of Tampa Bay is a small company committed to providing the best possible ABA services to children with varying needs and their families. Utilizing an individualized approach therapists work collaboratively with the family and other service providers in a wide variety of environments. At ABA of Tampa Bay we realize the importance of including the family in all aspects of developing a useful, productive, and successful ABA program and strive to create a program that fits the child and families everyday life. 


What is ABA Therapy? 

ABA is short for Applied Behavior Analysis and simply put it is the application of behavioral principles to everyday situations. ABA therapy applies these principles to behavior treatments in a way to help reduce behaviors that may interfere with learning or behaviors that may be harmful. ABA therapy is used to increase language and communication skills. It is also used to improve attention, focus, social skills, memory, and academics. ABA can be used to help decrease problem behaviors. 


ABA is considered an evidence-based “best” practices treatment by the US Surgeon General and by the American Psychological Association. “Evidence based” means that ABA has passed scientific tests of its usefulness, quality, and effectiveness.  


ABA therapy includes many different techniques. All of these techniques focus on antecedents (what happens behavior a behavior occurs) and on consequences (what happens after the behavior). One technique is “positive reinforcement.” When a behavior is followed by something that is valued (a reward), that behavior is more likely to be repeated. ABA uses positive reinforcement in a way that can be measured in order to help bring about meaningful change. 


Our Services: 

* Conduct Functional Behavior Assessments 

* Conduct Skills Assessments including: 

o PEAK Relational Training System 

o Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills (ABLLS-R) 

o Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) 

* Behavior Reduction Programs 

* Skill Acquisition Programs 

* Verbal Behavior Programs 

* Discrete Trial Training 

* Natural Environment Training 

* Parent Training 

* Social Skills Training 

* School Shadowing & IEP Consultation 


About the Owner: 

Robin DeHainaut, MA, BCBA 

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2008 with a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and have been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2009. Before joining the master’s program, I worked as part of a research project out of the University of South Florida which provided parent training to children with Autism and significant behavior problems. Upon graduating I worked in the field for 3 years before deciding to branch out on my own and open Applied Behavior Approaches of Tampa Bay in 2012. My goal was to provide affordable, and more importantly, quality services to children and families. Over the years, I have developed a good knowledge base regarding insurances and how to help families navigate through the world of insurance in order to help their children. In 2017, I hired my first employee, Julie Jackson, BCaBA. Of course, I would love my practice to grow and eventually include more therapists in order to help more families, but my focus and heart lies with working with not only children but with their families to encourage successful, positive relationships. There is no better feeling than having a parent call me to say, “you’ll never guess what Tommy, did today,” or that first time a parent asks their child a question and he looks up and responds with a smile.


Insurances We Accept

Aetna

Sunshine Ambetter

Staywell

Wellcare

United Health Care commercial insurance

Amerigroup

Humana Commercial Insurance

Humana Medicaid

Simply Health Plan

Sunshine Health Medicaid

CDC+

PLSA/Gardiner Scholarship

Private Pay

Tricare 

Blue Cross Blue Shield - out of network benefits only

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Believe It and Achieve It, LLC

4809 Ehrlich Road, Suite 104,Tampa, Florida 33624, United States

(813) 374-0442 (813) 374-5950 fax

Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed