Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention and School-based Settings


Alexandra Bricklin has a Master's Degree in Music Therapy.

Kathy Brill is a parent to three daughters. Her youngest is 16 and uses a power wheelchair, numerous assistive technology devices and supports which allow her to be successfully and happily included in her home, school, and community.

Cheryl Colangelo, MS, OTR is a pediatric occupational therapist with more than 30 years of practice experience, working in hospital, early intervention and school settings.

Marilee Comfort, Ph.D., M.P.H earned her doctoral degree in early childhood special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a founding partner of Comfort Consults, an organization that provides evaluation services and tools aimed at promoting the healthy development of children.

Phil Gordon, PhD is a partner in Comfort Consults.

Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Chair and Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Her work has been recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association with numerous awards, including the A. Jean Ayres Award for contributions relating theory to practice. The 3rd edition of the seminal text in pediatric occupational therapy, Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, that she coedited with Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, FAOTA is currently under development.

Toby Long, Toby Long, PhD, PT is the Associate Director for Training of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the Director, Division of Physical Therapy of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Georgetown University.

Molly McEwen, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA has a professional career spanning over 30 years. She has practice experience in major medical centers, public and private schools.

Robert J. Palisano, PT, ScD is a Professor in the Programs in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is Associate Editor of the textbook Physical Therapy for Children and Co-Editor of the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. Dr.  Palisano is Co-Investigator, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada and a member of the Scientific Staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia.

Leslie Rescorla received her B.A. degree from Radcliffe College in 1967 (in Modern European History and Literature), an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics in 1968 (in Economic History), and her Ph.D. in Child Development and Clinical Psychology from Yale in 1976. She did a clinical internship at the Yale Child Study Center and then continued on there for several years as a Research Associate and member of the psychology staff.


Shelley Wallock, Dr.PH, OTR is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. She is responsible for teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Dr. Wallock has extensive clinical and administrative experience in Early Intervention and school-based therapy