MEET YOUR PATHWAYS™
Sarah MaiOTR/L, MOT
Betsy SylvesterMS, CCC-SLP
Marie LeathersOTR/L, MOT, RBT
Megan DeBoomMS, BCBA, LBA
Amy AllisonChief Operating Officer
All services are designed and facilitated by DSG’s highly skilled therapy team, which includes two Occupational Therapists, a Speech-Language pathologist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Pathways ™ therapeutic services equip the individual, and his/her parents, caregivers, and extended family members with skill-building strategies and individualized supports that are targeted to daily life in the home and community. Our primary goal is to maximize their potential for a meaningful and productive adulthood that includes employment, daily life independence, community integration, and social inclusion.
We recognize that individuals with Down syndrome have an incredible capacity to learn essential life and vocational skills when provided access and opportunity, effective instructional strategies, visual supports, and individualized modifications, and the parents and caregivers in their environment are taught and empowered to facilitate their independence in their daily life.
Position: Director of Family Services/Occupational Therapist
Education: Masters of Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas
Sarah has practiced as an occupational therapist in the pediatric and adult population, in school and community-based practice, with a concentration in developmental disabilities. She has expertise in program design, daily living skills, fine motor, functional visual skills, sensory processing, behavior, assistive technology, feeding, and home adaptations.
Position: Director of Speech & Language Services/Speech-Language Pathologist
Education: Masters of Communication Disorders, Central Missouri State University
Betsy has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in the pediatric population, in school and home-based practice, with a concentration in developmental disabilities. She has expertise in speech and language development, pragmatic language skills (social communication), sign language, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), behavior, Apraxia of Speech, feeding, and fluency (stuttering).
Position: Occupational Therapist
Education: Master of Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas
Marie recently graduated as an occupational therapist. Throughout her education, she completed clinical rotations in school and community-based settings, including one at DSG. Also, she completed an extensive training program called Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and related Disabilities (LEND). LEND provided her experiences in a variety of interdisciplinary clinics, knowledge about developmental disabilities, and the opportunity to conduct a research project on the topic of play. Throughout graduate school, she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, providing in-home ABA services to children with autism. Marie is very excited to begin her career at DSG!
Position: Director of Behavioral Services/Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Education: Masters of Special Education with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders, University of Kansas
Megan has practiced as a BCBA in the pediatric population, in school and home-based practice, with a concentration in reducing maladaptive behavior. She has expertise in creating function-based positive behavior support plans, creating visual supports, teaching functional communication skills, and training caregivers.
Amy has served on the executive staff at Down Syndrome Guild for 15 years. She has expertise in Down syndrome across the lifespan, adult services, guardianship, transitioning at all ages and stages, advocacy, and program design.