New Clinic Fulfills Personal and Professional Vision

Close Knit Therapy, 11030 S. Longwood Dr., is a new Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech Therapy Clinic that provides individualized ABA services to children on the autism spectrum in a part-time or full-time format. Close Knit Therapy also provides speech-language services to children of all ages and impairments. Information about services, hours and appointments is available closeknittherapy.org. Questions? Email  kelly.norris@closeknittherapy.com regarding ABA and megan.norris@closeknittherpy.com regarding speech-language.  

Close Knit Therapy is owned by Dr. Kelly Norris, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA); Megan Norris, licensed Speech-Language Pathologist; and Rachel Sullivan, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) 

The mission at Close Knit Therapy is to provide high-quality behavioral and speech services for individuals and families. While using empirically based procedures, they provide an enjoyable, interactive, and stimulating environment to elevate their clients’ abilities. Their goal is to provide clients and families with respect, open communication, and collaboration to deliver the best services possible. 

“We are extremely thankful that so many friends, families, and members of the community came out to support us,” Megan Norris said. “We can’t wait to give back to this great community. Starting a clinic has been a goal for each of us individually and coming together to see our vision of a special place come into existence has been remarkable.”  

Dr. Kelly Norris has over 20 years of experience in providing services to children and adults on the autism spectrum, and those with intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses. She has served these populations in ABA clinics, family home settings, group home settings, independent living environments, and other community settings.  

Dr. Norris has a wealth of experience in behavioral and skill assessment, program development and implementation, and coordination with caregivers on individualized care. Her academic and research interests are in the areas of Mindfulness, Ethics, Verbal Behavior, and Implicit Racial Bias. She has Masters and PhD degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  

Megan Norris is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who is passionate about helping others improve their communication skills. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from New York University.  

In addition to working with children, Norris has worked with adults in rehab centers and hospitals, with school-age children, and with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She has assisted individuals with a range of communication, cognitive, language, swallowing, articulation, and literacy disorders. She has knowledge and experience with a variety of alternative and augmentative communication methods and devices,  and has studied American Sign Language.  

Rachel Sullivan received her undergraduate in Speech-Language Pathology and went on to receive her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has worked as a paraprofessional, direct therapist, case manager, and BCBA in a variety of settings with children ages 2-13. Her interests include functional communication training, assent withdrawal, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Sullivan focuses on the individual child with an emphasis on collaboration with parents and other professionals to create a comprehensive, individualized program for each client.
Also on the Close Knit Therapy team is Ashley Dejnowski is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She has a Bachelors in Disability studies and is a Masters candidate for Applied Behavior Analysis with hopes to sit for the BCBA exam next fall. Additionally, the Close Knit Therapy team includes behavior technicians with a variety of backgrounds who are dedicated to the success of their clients.  

 

Close Knit Therapy will host ABA Summer Camp for children age 5 to 12, June 12 through Aug. 18 with full day and half day options.  

For ABA therapy and summer camp inquiries, contact Dr. Kelly Norris, kelly.norris@closeknittherapy.com or 401-702-7082 

For speech-language therapy inquiries, contact Megan Norris, megan.norris@closeknittherapy.com or 708-433-9879 

 

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