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Amy Pinder, MA, CCC-SLP is the owner and founder of Circles of Communication. Amy is a New Jersey State licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist with over ten years of experience working with individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences.

She has experience assessing and treating children and adults with diverse communication challenges in a variety of educational and clinical settings including home-based intervention, preschool, public school and specialized private school programs. She utilizes a developmental, holistic, person-centered approach that spans cognitive, linguistic, sensory, motor, social, and emotional domains.

Amy regularly incorporates joyful, regulatory, and play-based movement such as yoga, juggling, and hoop dance into her practice to encourage clients to engage, explore, increase capacities, and effectively communicate through meaningful, experienced based activities that promote mindfulness, encourage creativity, and improve overall wellbeing.

Amy graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she received her BA in Sociology in addition to New York State Teaching Certification in Elementary and Special Education, and from Kean University where she received her MA in Speech Language Pathology.

She has received extensive training in DIR/Floortime, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Motor Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) therapy, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Viconic Language Methods, and the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM). Amy is also a Grounded Kids Yoga Instructor, Mindfulness Educator, and a Holistic Circus Therapy Provider. 

 

Leah Barron, MAT, RYT 200 is a special education teacher and registered yoga teacher with experience working in a variety of settings including public schools, private studios, and home-based instruction. She is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with individuals of all ages and abilities, though she has particular interest in supporting those with special needs to be their best, most authentic selves both on and off the mat.


Leah believes that when you embrace the present moment, connect with an intention, and attend to your breath, you may experience a sense of peace and calm that benefits mind, body, and spirit. She is creative, intuitive and able to easily connect with others by recognizing their individual talents, tuning into their passions and interests, and guiding them to increase their capacities using a warm, accessible person-centered approach. Leah has participated in numerous trainings about autism, mindfulness, essential oils, and yoga across the lifespan.

 

Max Papperman is a geologist, soccer player, and music enthusiast. He has experience working with students as a special educator and soccer coach. On and off the field, he enjoys working with others to achieve a common goal through teamwork and sportsmanship. In an effort to strengthen his personal mindfulness practice, he learned to transfer his soccer juggling skills to circus juggling and other flow arts by consciously pairing breath and movement. He enjoys teaching individuals of all ages and abilities.

 

Abilene is a tiny mixed breed therapy dog in training, who was born on approximately August 1, 2019. She conquered potty training in just a few short weeks. Now she is practicing basic commands and learning to provide emotional support to individuals with autism and other communication challenges as they work towards their personal goals.