Play for Real is very pleased to announce that Step Up For Students has more scholarships available this year. Funds from these scholarships can be used to pay for therapy at Play for Real which supports your child’s educational needs.
Do you want to send your child to a school that better meets their learning needs, but can’t afford it? Help is here. Our community partner Step Up For Students has more income-based scholarships available for the 2019-20 school year. Don’t delay, apply now. As always, they’re first-come, first-served.
After updating our website software this afternoon, most of our pictures disappeared including the map of the clinic location. We have temporarily solved the problem by reverting back to the pre-upgrade version of the software and will work to provide a more permanent fix as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Since updating our website software, most of our pictures have disappeared and only appear in a different window if you tap or click on them. Sorry about that – we are working to get our pictures back as soon as possible!
Play For Real Wishes You All A Very Happy Thanksgiving!
Play for Real Therapy Services will be closed on Thursday November 22nd and Friday November 23rd to celebrate Thanksgiving. We are grateful for the privilege of working with our clients and families and for our dedicated staff! We will be open for business as usual on Monday November 26th.
Play for Real is delighted to welcome our new receptionist, Maria Malone, to the team! Maria will be working for you on Monday afternoons and all day Tuesday and Friday, so this is when you stand the best chance of talking to a real person if you call our office!
Maria was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She lived there most of her life until she relocated to Viera, Florida with her family in September 2017. Maria began working as an Orthopedic transcriptionist and secretary in 1989 while in college and continued in that field for over 20 years. She is excited to be using her many years of office experience at Play for Real.
Maria also developed a great interest in natural childbirth and breastfeeding after the birth of her youngest daughter in 2006. She is a certified childbirth educator with Lamaze International and a certified lactation counselor with The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice.
Maria has been married to her husband Rich for nearly 23 years and they have three children. As the mom of a child who has received both speech and occupational therapy, Maria is intimately familiar with the positive impact these interventions can have.
In her spare time, Maria enjoys taking long walks with her dog Hope, singing and reading books and articles about anything “birthy.”
Welcome to Brittany Davis, MS, CF-SLP, our new speech-language pathologist!
Play for Real is delighted to welcome Brittany Davis, our new speech-language pathologist to the team!
Brittany is a recent graduate from the University of Central Missouri, where she earned her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate degree, where she discovered her passion for communication disorders. She believes communication is the basis of life, and is excited to help children reach their potential.
Brittany was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Her first job was babysitting, which she continued throughout college. These days, her passion is still working with kids. Her particular interests are in early intervention, but has found she enjoys working with children of all ages.
In her spare time, Brittany enjoys cuddling with her rescue animals, finding new brunch spots with her husband, and watching sports. She is a book lover, and can often be found reading a good book.
Welcome to Kim Acosta, MS, OTR/L, our new occupational therapist!
Play for Real is delighted to welcome Kim Acosta, our new occupational therapist to the team! She is a recent graduate of Florida International University, where she completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy. Kim attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree, where she first discovered her love for the central Florida area. Ever since her first job teaching swimming lessons, Kim knew she wanted to work with kids. She learned about occupational therapy after searching for a hands-on profession where she could help children of all abilities do amazing things. After further research, Kim knew that was the profession she was meant to be in.
As a Spanish speaker, Kim was able to complete some of her fieldwork abroad in Costa Rica. There she learned the value of helping people even with very limited resources, something she had not been exposed to prior in her education. This learning experience later matured to an interest in working with a local under-served population – youth in the juvenile justice system. As a graduate student, Kim went on to lead a research project exploring the role of occupational therapy in the juvenile justice system. She hopes to expand that research further during her career.
You may notice that Kim likes to be in motion; she doesn’t like to sit still for very long. She enjoys taking her dog on walking trails, going to the gym, and attempting yoga. When it’s time to refuel, she loves trying new places to eat and indulging in a dessert or two! She also loves to read, so if you can recommend a good book, don’t hesitate to tell her about it.
Welcome Kim, it is great to have you aboard and we look forward to working with you!
Play for Real Therapy welcomes Amy Gadapee, MS, CCC-SLP, pediatric speech-language pathologist to our team!
Amy is excited to join the Play for Real staff! She has 25 years of experience in a variety of settings, but Amy’s passion is early intervention and helping children learn to communicate effectively with their family and peers.
Amy has an undergraduate degree in American Sign Language with a specialty in Deaf Language Development. She began her career in the Pinellas County School system while also earning her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She then moved to Jacksonville where she worked for Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital and Baptist Hospital providing inpatient and outpatient pediatric speech therapy for children birth through 16 years of age. In 1998, Amy joined a private practice in St. Augustine, Florida and fell in love with Early Intervention Services and private practice. This led her to begin researching best therapeutic intervention for children with childhood apraxia of speech.
In 2000, Amy and her husband decided to move back home to Titusville to raise their family. Since returning, she has worked part time as a contractor with Space Coast Early Intervention, Brevard County School System and Parrish Medical Center providing a wide range of pediatric therapy services including articulation, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language, and feeding services. Amy is licensed by the Florida Department of Health and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Amy and her husband have been married for 20 years and they have two teenage boys, Chace and Ian. Her spare time is spent supporting her boys as they pursue their passions of sports and the theater, which sometimes includes joining her son Ian on stage.
Play for Real is delighted to welcome Chelsea Rhoades, admin assistant, to our team. She will be working Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday 9 am to 3 pm, so this is when you stand the best chance of getting a real person if you call our office!
Chelsea is a Mid-Western girl who grew up around cattle and cornfields for 22 years and then decided to make a change of scenery to a much more tropical view of the beach and palm trees. She was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from college in Missouri. Chelsea has a Bachelors Degree from Culver-Stockton College in Management, Marketing, and Communications, with an emphasis in sports. She has been living in Florida for close to 3 years and cannot get enough of the sunshine and great people.
During her time up north Chelsea spent most of her days on the court. She played collegiate volleyball for 5 years during her time at Culver-Stockton College and also coached a 12-14 year old youth girls team onher own for 3 years. Teamwork and working together plays a huge role in Chelsea’s life and makes her part of who she is today. Team work makes the dream work, and that is something she strongly believes in.
Some of Chelsea’s favorite things to do are to bake and cook. She has a huge sweet tooth! She also enjoys being outside and reading a good book.