Insync Communication Center & Social/Sensory Gym is committed to providing the highest quality of meaningful services to our students, families, and caregivers in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment.
Judy Scola, M.S., CCC-SLP
Judy Scola is the director/owner of inSync, LLC Communication Center and Social/Sensory Gym. She is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who has been working with clients and their families since 1993. A native of Leominster, MA, Judy received her Master’s degree from Worcester State College and received a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University in Keene, NH. Judy has worked with individuals with a variety of special needs ranging from early intervention (ages 0-3), to adults in private practice, schools, and hospitals. In addition, she has developed and provided ongoing services to autism-specific, intensive intervention classrooms.
Staci Gannon, M.S., CCC-SLP
Staci Gannon is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She currently works at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley as a speech-language pathologist for adults in rehabilitation. She started working at Insync, LLC Communication Center and Sensory Gym in 2011 while in graduate school and has returned to the program as a licensed therapist. Staci received her Master’s degree from Worcester State University and has been a practicing therapist since January 2014. She has worked with individuals with a range of disorders including expressive/receptive language, speech production and fluency, swallowing and social disorders. She has been trained in the Social Thinking curriculum used at this center. Her passion is seeing the positive change in individuals she works with, especially when they have noticed the change in themselves.
Catherine graduated from Assumption College with a Double Major Bachelors Degree in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies and Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is also earning her Health and Wellness Coaching certificate. She has over 6 years of experience working in the field of education. Past jobs include working as an Instructional Assistant in a severe behavioral special education setting as a 1 on 1 aide for severe non-verbal learning students. She also has worked as an in-home ABA Therapist for Early Intervention Services. She has worked as a Substitute Elementary school Teacher for the Fitchburg Public School District. She has completed a 400 hour internship with the Department of Children and Families in the Adoption department; conducting the adoption process, making independent home visits and collaborating directly with Attachment Therapists during in home intervention meetings. She has attained fluency in American Sign Language and is also a member of the National Honor Society for Human Services Professionals. Her passion is social skills therapy and is determined to make a difference in the lives of those living with Autism and related disorders. She has had four years of experience working at InSync and is educated and trained in the Social Thinking curriculum. She has completed an 800 hour Social Skills Therapy training program at InSync Social Skills under the direct supervision of owner Judy Scola.
Stephanie Madrigal is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to teach English (Grades 5-12) and Earth Science (Grades 5-12). She is also the co-founder of the Leominster Autism Project, an initiative to educate the community and work with local establishments to accommodate those with different abilities.
She taught for Lunenburg Public Schools for four years and West Boylston Middle/High School for one year. Stephanie is an alumna of Franklin Pierce University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. In 2006, Stephanie temporarily moved to Orlando, Florida, where she worked as a “Great Movie Ride” tour guide at Walt Disney World. Stephanie will be running the new InSync Drama Program later this Spring.
Hannah is a graduate of both Fitchburg State University, with a master’s degree in Special Education, and the University of Connecticut, with a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and a minor in Psychology. She also completed the Board Certified Behavior Analyst Certification Program at Fitchburg State University. While completing her undergraduate degree, Hannah worked in three laboratories on campus studying various subdomains of psychology. Hannah was also on the executive board of her campus’ chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation and a member of Best Buddies Connecticut. She completed her 1,500-hour master’s level fieldwork practicum in behavior analysis at the Institute of Professional Practice, where she works as a Clinical Coordinator. She has 5 years of experience working in the fields of both children’s and adult services. She facilitated social skills groups for two years before joining In Sync. In addition to her knowledge in social skills, Hannah has also practiced ABA extensively and taught life skills in a transition to independent living program. She is a New England Scholar, a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi), a recipient of the Institute of Professional Practice Leadership Award, and a recognized “Shining Star” by Diamond is the Sky, a 501c3 charitable organization providing affordable social opportunities and resources for people with special needs such as autism and their families.
Molly Gallagher is a graduate student studying speech-language pathology at Emerson College. She received her bachelors of science in communicative sciences and disorders from the University of Rhode Island, where spent time organizing fundraisers for Autism Speaks. Molly began her experience at Insync by volunteering for community service hours as a senior in high school, and joined the Insync team of employees shortly after. Outside of Insync Molly has gathered years of experience working with individuals with autism of all ages. She spent a summer as a camp counselor in the Leominster Recreation Department’s inclusion camp group. For the past four summers she was employed as a one-to-one camp counselor and later music teacher at The Paul Center for Learning’s extended school year program for students with a variety of diagnoses, ages 3-21. While at Emerson College Molly has had the opportunity to practice speech as a graduate clinician, creating a social skills program for a young adult with a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Molly currently is completing more of her clinical practice at a local inclusion-classroom kindergarten.
Ashley is a graduate student at Worcester State University working towards her Ed.S in School Psychology. She is currently in her final year of the program and will be a nationally certified school psychologist in May 2019. Ashley is interning at the Hudson Public Schools for her final year of training running social pragmatics groups, providing one on one counseling services, leading behavior intervention planning, and conducting psycho-educational assessment. Special interests for Ashley include creating behavior interventions for students with Autism, bullying prevention and restorative justice practices, empathy training, trauma informed care, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Narrative therapy, play therapy, and social/emotional assessment. Aside from her graduate training, Ashley has seven years of work experience that include working for a non-profit agency, elementary school, private clinic, and nature-play program running social pragmatics groups. Ashley is especially interested in using Social Thinking concepts combined with CBT and theatre/drama techniques to help students reflect on their own social skills, learn new skills, rehearse skills, and then target generalization of skills.
Lauren graduated from Fitchburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in severe special education through Fitchburg State. While completing her undergrad degree Lauren gained experience in the field by working as a PCA for teenagers with autism. This included helping with daily routines and assisting with trips to various places in the community. After graduating college, Lauren began working for Leominster Public Schools as a 1:1 aide for a child with intensive behavioral needs, and was introduced to ABA therapy. Lauren is now in her fourth year of teaching in the integrated preschool in Leominster, working with children with a variety of needs including Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, PTSD, etc. She is also CPR/First aid certified and a certified CrossFit coach at Crossfit EXP in Leominster.
Through her experience as a preschool teacher Lauren has come to value the importance of social skills, play based learning and physical activity. She strives to incorporate these aspects of development as often as possible with her class of fourteen. As the teacher of an integrated classroom comprised of children with Autism, children with Down Syndrome and typical developing peers, Lauren also values inclusion. She truly loves her job and has yet to find anything more rewarding than seeing her students make progress both academically and socially and come to love each other regardless of their differences.
Brianna Maillet is currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting at Quinsigamond Community College. Bri has experience with children and adults with a variety of special needs. She previously worked as an Adventure Based Therapist with children ranging in ages from 8-18 years old. She has woked with adults on life skills in an independent living program. In addition to her knowledge in social skills, Bri has also practiced ABA.
InSync Communication Center LLC
Beverly Drive (Route 12), Sterling, MA 01564