The Floortime Center Story (Please Click Thru)
Jake Greenspan and Tim Bleecker, the founders and co-directors of The Floortime Center®, were directly trained and mentored by Dr. Stanley Greenspan for over 10 years. Since 2004 they have worked with over 2000 families, and have presented 1 to 4 day workshops for dozens of health and educational organizations.
We follow the very strict guidelines that Stanley Greenspan MD trained us with, and also outlined in his many books, radio shows, and conferences. All of our staff receive intensive onsite training in The Greenspan Floortime Approach.
in the Journal of Developmental and Learning Disorders, 2002. He also worked with many of Dr. Greenspan’s colleagues, specifically in the areas of visual-spatial, motor, and social skills, as well as Interactive Metronome training.
His work included teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at a school specializing in learning differences. During this time he also worked with children with a range of developmental and learning challenges using Floortime. Since 1998 Jake worked with Dr. Greenspan, present workshops on the DIR/Floortime model, and help families as the co-director of The Floortime Center. In 2017 Jake authored The Floortime Manual™, and in 2009 he was the co-author, with Dr. Stanley Greenspan, of Overcoming ADHD: Helping Your Child Become Calm, Engaged, and Focused. He is currently sitting as Chairman of the Board for All The Difference Inc., a DIR/Floortime non-profit in Wilmington DE, and is a Founding Member of Creative Minds International Public Charter School.
Tim is a graduate of Kenyon College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Infancy and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Disorders Program. For over a decade Tim has worked with Dr. Stanley Greenspan and his colleagues. He was fortunate to have seven years of personal mentorship by Dr. Greenspan in areas such as emotional development, family dynamics, and intervention. He has also been trained by specialists in occupational, speech and visuo-cognitive therapy.
Tim has worked with many families and children with a wide range of developmental and learning challenges using the Floortime approach. He continues to travel domestically and internationally hosting trainings and presenting at conferences on a wide variety of topics affecting families with children with special needs. Tim has a passion for the Floortime model and enjoys seeing the growth the children and parents make using this wonderful approach.
Mallory has been with The Floortime Center since 2014 as the administrator and special educator. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of Delaware in 2010. Prior to joining The Floortime Center team, Mallory taught at a private preschool. She enjoys working with children across a variety of skill levels and has played a crucial role in our preschool social group program. In social group, Mallory enjoys identifying each child’s unique passions and interests which allows her to create meaningful and motivating activities.
Jiselle Velazquez, MS OTR/L
Jiselle received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and then a Masters of Science in occupational therapy from Tufts University in 2012. Over the last two years, she has worked in pediatrics, with children varying in diagnosis and functional developmental levels. She has provided OT services for children in a variety of settings such as mental health, schools, and community-based outpatient settings. Jiselle is trained in the SOS approach to feeding, and enjoys working with children with feeding difficulties. She also enjoys being a part of a collaborative team, and working with families to support and aide in the functional development of children.
Dyan Spruill M.A. CCC-SLP
Dyan is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist who graduated with both her Bachelors of Science degree and Masters of Arts degree in the area of Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has held internships in speech-language pathology across a variety of age groups and disorders/disabilities around the Orlando area. In Orlando, Dyan became passionate about DIR Floortime while working privately for a family, where she used the model with their son for nearly four years. Dyan has been trained in Interactive Listening Systems (iLs) and the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding. She is also a collaborative volunteer for the Greenspan Floortime Approach online course. Dyan believes in using the Floortime model while collaborating with other professionals to promote servicing the whole child.
Jen Campbell MOT OTR/TL
Jen received her Bachelor of Health Sciences from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including schools, mental health facilities, and in acute care hospitals. She is excited to begin her career with the Floortime Center and is very passionate about creating meaningful connections with parents, the children, and her co-workers.
John Balsley, M.F.A., COVT
John has worked as a visuo-cognitive therapist since 2003, and has been with The Floortime Center since 2011. Trained by Dr. Harry Wachs, O.D., a pioneer in vision therapy, John works to integrate “adult-oriented” visual goals within a Floortime-based “child-oriented” approach that is fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate. As visual skills are a critical developmental milestone, John aims to educate parents and professionals about vision and its impacts on learning, emotion, body awareness, and thinking. When not in the office, John enjoys playing music, camping, and spending time with family.
Marc Toureille – Floortime Specialist and RPM Therapist
Marc Toureille is a trained Floortime Specialist and certified RPM Therapist. Marc is well versed in Floortime and has been working at The Floortime Center for three years in social groups, one on one Floortime sessions, and home-based Floortime sessions. Marc is also certified at RPM (Rapid Prompt Method) and facilitated communication by the creator of RPM Therapy, Soma Mukhopadhyay. In both therapies, Marc has worked with children varying in diagnosis and functioning development levels. Marc is also familiar with Music Therapy as he is a musician and has worked as a Music Therapist at The Spot Children’s Center.
Marc has been working with children with special needs for 8 years and starting out working at the Sheppard Pratt run programs, The Oakmont School and The Frost School. Marc became passionate about Floortime Therapy while working with a family whose child attended the center. Marc quickly showed a natural talent for developing a child’s skills through Floortime Therapy and began working at the Floortime Center. Marc is dedicated to unlocking every child’s full potential putting them on a path to be successful.
Anna Davis, M.S., OTR/L
Anna is an NBCOT certified occupational therapist licensed in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, Anna taught Kindergarten and Special Education Inclusion for four years with Montgomery County Public Schools. She then received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University. Her program training was completed on Oahu, Hawaii where she stayed to work at the island’s first pediatric sensory integration clinic. Anna continued work in out-patient pediatrics in Springfield, Virginia, and Kensington, Maryland. She has additional OT experience and training in adolescent and adult rehabilitation, mental health, sensory integration, research development, veteran-wellness, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), and Handwriting Without Tears. Some of her interests include soccer, hiking, traveling, paddling, yoga, art, and exploring creativity and movement. Anna is passionate about supporting each individual child to reach their full potential and values the collaborative team approach utilized at The Floortime Center.
Talia Feldman, M.Ed. CCC-SLP
Talia received her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. She has held internships in speech-language pathology across a variety of age groups and disorders in schools and clinics in Maryland, DC, and Atlanta. She has experience working with many client populations, including articulation and phonological disorders, fluency, hearing impaired, learning differences, and early intervention. Talia is passionate about treating a child on a highly individualized basis, involving the family and other professionals in the process as much as possible. She strives to make her therapy sessions high energy and fun to promote success in speech, language, and overall developmental growth.
Yasmin Ziaee, M.A. CCC-SLP
Yasmin Ziaee earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences with a minor in Education and Human Development from the University of Maryland, and Masters of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology from Howard University. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She is licensed in the State of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
In addition to her academic work, her professional and personal experiences, have expanded her knowledge of working with multicultural populations and enriched her skill sets in providing culturally competent clinical services. Her experience includes working with young children, adolescents and young adults in the areas of developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, language-based literacy disorders, specific learning impairments, ADHD, fluency disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, social communication disorders (pragmatics), expressive/receptive language disorders, executive processing disorders, and intellectual disabilities. She has received training in Level One PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets). Her goal is to provide high-quality, engaging, and individualized therapy, as well as empowering families to support their child’s communication needs at home.
Carly Pontell, M.A. CF-SLP
Carly received her Bachelor of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She held internships in both schools and clinics serving children with a variety of disorders. Ever since she was young she had an interest in working with young children. Carly is passionate about working in a multi-disciplinary environment and is committed to collaborating with families and other professionals to provide the best possible care for every child.