Beth Roberts, M.A., LPC, Director
Beth Roberts-Pacchione is the Director of The Social Enrichment Center. She is co-author and co-founder of the Wanna Play Program and co-founder of the Exceptional Needs Foundation. Beth received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at Eastern University and has her license as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. After Beth’s daughter was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay and autistic tendencies, she was uncertain about how to best help her. She decided to both receive training in and administer a home-based program called Son-Rise. She also researched, tested, and utilized many different alternative therapies, dietary interventions, and behavioral approaches before creating the Exceptional Needs Foundation in 2001. Beth has also been trained in Floortime, Interactive Metronome and has worked in ABA programs. For 10 years at the Pennsylvania location of The Wanna Play Program, Beth facilitated social skill groups and individual sessions for children ages 3 through 17 years.
She is excited about this new direction, in developing The Social Enrichment Center. Beth conducts individual and small group sessions, and contracts with local school districts and community organizations as a consultant and direct service provider. Additionally, Beth provides consulting services to parents of children with special needs, to support treatment program development.
In 2011 Beth was elected to Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress! Beth looks forward to the work she can do through this opportunity. Find out more about Mom Congress at their website: Parenting.com
Beth authored and published The Wanna Play Program curriculum Making Friends: A Social Skill Program for Inclusive Settings.
Michelle Martin, B.S.Ed, MSW, Education Support Specialist
Michelle Martin has been working with children for the past ten years. Over these years, Michelle received extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior. Michelle obtained a Bachelor of Science in Education from Temple University, and is certified in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Michelle has been working with Beth since the Summer of 2009. Michelle’s duties including providing direct services to children and their family’s as a behavioral consultant, and she is our Education Support Specialist, tutoring children individually based on their academic and interaction skills. Michelle incorporates her extensive training and skills in behavior support, to work with children at home, in schools, and in the community. Michelle recently received her Master of Social Work at New England University.
Lauren Fremont, B.S.Ed. Program Director Step Ahead Program
Lauren comes to the Step Ahead program with 15 years experience working with preschool and kindergarten aged children. She graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Education and has worked in a variety of settings including Montessori and progressive based schools. Her teaching philosophy embraces the idea that children learn best by being active and invested in the learning process. She is the lead instructor for the Step Ahead Program. Having developed the program and curriculum around the progressive model of education, Lauren is passionate about helping children become confident learners.
Julia Saul, B.A. Child Facilitator Julia is a recent graduate of Temple University with a degree in Psychology. She is looking to continue her education in psychology by attending a graduate program and hopes to continue to work with children. Julia began working at the Social Enrichment Center as an intern, in May of 2015, where she received hands on training from Michelle and Beth on the Social Enrichment Center social skills curriculum. Starting in January of 2016, Julia began working as a child facilitator where she has led group and individual social skills sessions. She has a passion for working with and helping children
Karen Zweben, Reading Specialist. Karen attended Drexel University, where she received her masters in reading and masters in human behavior and development. She also attended Widener University where she received her Ed.D in candidate reading and learning. She works with children and adolescents between the grades of K-12 and works with all facets of reading – comprehension at literal and critical levels, and written expression. She is Wilson trained and offers aid in study skills and organization, ADHD support, and holds reading and writing workshops
Mary Cermingnano, Speech and Language Therapist. Mary is a Pennsylvania licensed and certified speech and language therapist. Mary has extensive experience with elementary through high school aged clients. With a combined 35 years experience with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Ridley School District, Mary is adept in providing speech and language services to the typical and special education populations.
Julianne Brownhill, OTR/L. Julianne is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist with 24 years experience. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked within a variety of clinical and educational settings throughout her career including early intervention and school based systems within Delaware and Chester Counties. She has experience working within the areas of fine motor development, feeding and adaptive/self care skills, facilitation of purposeful play, visual motor/perceptual skills, executive skill development, handwriting and sensory processing. She believes that sensory processing skills are a fundamental component to the building blocks for a child’s development. She is passionate about supporting children and their families in obtaining a better understanding of how to differentiate and respond to a child’s individual developmental, sensory and behavioral needs