About Miriam Skydell and Associates

Miriam Skydell is the founder and director of Miriam Sydell and Associates. Shortly after graduating from NYU with a Masters degree in 1986, she began her work in pediatrics and has been working with children for the past 23 years. Aside from her private practice, Miriam Skydell and Associates contracts experienced OTs, PTs and STs to various private and public school districts in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties.

Miriam does annual pre school screenings for numerous pre schools in Bergen County. She lectures extensively for parent and support groups as well as at teacher conferences.

Miriam is a licensed Interactive Metronome provider as well as a TLP (Listening Program) provider. She has taught HWT and helped to implement the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum in many public and non public school settings.

Miriam has gained recognition for her expertise with children ages 2-10. With the ever changing world and the field of ASD becoming a reality for so many parents, Miriam has focused her practice on working with children and the parents of children who suffer from Sensory Processing dysfunction.

She believes in helping parents to focus on strength and abilities of each child while incorporating behavior plans and strategies to foster success.

Miriam brings her love for children, personal understanding of parents struggling with a special needs child and years of therapy experience to every session.

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Claudia Casatanada graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1995. She specialized in the area of Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

Claudia has practiced in the state of New Jersey in a variety of settings including Early Intervention Services, Home-based, School-based, and Sensory Clinic-based treatments. Clinic-based treatments have involved Sensory Integration techniques such as the use of the Alert Program and Astronaut Training programs. She also uses a variety of multi-sensory handwriting programs such as First Strokes, Handwriting without Tears, and Loops and Other Groups.

Claudia works very hard at developing and maintaining constant communication and collaboration with parents and school staff. Claudia received an advanced masters degree from Seton hall University in 2005 in Health Related Sciences with a speciaization in Motor Learning. Claudia has worked at the clinic for two years and enjoys facilitating and sharing in the success of her clients.

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Nathaniel Johnson: Since graduating from Misericordia University in 2003, Nathaniel has specialized in the area of pediatric occupational therapy. Nathaniel has practiced in both NYC and New Jersey in a variety of settings including home based, school based, sensory clinics, and hippotherapy. His clinic based treatments include individual and group sessions. Nathaniel has developed multisensory handwriting and sensory motor groups using a variety of treatment resources such as the Alert Program, Brain Gym, DIR/Floortime techniques, Astronaut Training, and Handwriting without Tears. Nathaniel strongly believes that effective treatment plans include collaboration with the family and other professional members of the child’s team.

Nathaniel presented his graduate research to The World Congress of Rehabilitation International in Oslo, Norway in 2004 and his groups’s work was later published in 2006: Cipriani, J., Faig, S. Ayer, K., Lindsay, B., & Johnson, Nathaniel C. (2006). Altruistic Activity Patterns Among Long-Term Nursing Home Residents. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. 24(3), 45-61.

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