Helping Kids Build a Strong Foundation to Succeed
At Cornerstone Therapies we aim to provide quality individualized therapy that focuses to meet each child's unique needs in a loving and supportive environment. Our collaborative team of experienced therapists have a passion and are dedicated to provide comprehensive programming for children with cognitive deficits, developmental delays, and other existing diagnoses including autism.
Our goal is to provide our families with :
FAMILY FOCUSED PROGRAMMING
We've seen your dilemma: you've just been told your child needs therapy and you don't know where to turn. Whether your child has a short term problem or a more complex issue you could be experiencing feelings of confusion, overwhelm, fear, and grief. You may have numerous questions and concerns regarding what is the best possible treatment for your child. Your overwhelm at the diagnosis of your child's problems is not new to us.
We've held many parents' hands like this; we've hugged many kids like this, and we've seen the changes in both the parents and the children after we started intervention.
We build a foundation for your children so that they can learn to live, cope with their challenges, reach their fullest potentials, and succeed. We change parental fear to hope through scientifically based methods, education, evidence based practice, and interventions. Hope does exist at Cornerstone Therapies.
We believe that therapy needs to be individually tailored and continually modified in order to meet the child's needs. We believe the parents are an integral part of the team and welcome their input and participation in their child's journey.
Our knowledgeable and caring staffs' number one goal is to serve children with special needs. Care is the Cornerstone of our practice.
GET TO KNOW US
About Our Directors
NINA WELCH M.A., M.A. ED., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Nina Welch is a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist, Educational Consultant, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Prior to opening her private practice, Nina worked as a special day-class teacher for a communication handicapped classroom in the Anaheim City School District and as a speech/language pathologist. She was a co-author of a grant for Augmentative Technology and worked in the Capistrano Unified School District as an Augmentative Specialist, performing evaluations and providing treatment for children who needed augmentative forms of communication.
Nina worked for the State Diagnostic Center in Los Angeles, serving on the assessment team with a Pediatrician, Neurologist, Occupational Therapist, Educational Therapist, Educational Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, And Motor Development Specialist evaluating children from over 300 school districts when their local school districts had exhausted all local resources. At the Diagnostic Center, Nina served as an administrator where her duties included assisting the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent in managing the facility. Nina has worked as a private contractor providing speech evaluations and therapy for clinics, as well as private and public schools within the Orange County Area. Nina graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Master’s Degree in Education. Nina possesses the Clinical Rehabilitative Credential, Administrative Credential, and Certificate of Clinical Competence. Nina has taught graduate level courses at California State University, Long Beach and has guest lectured at California State University, Northridge. Additionally, Nina has taught a course on autism abroad and provided consultations to families in foreign countries regarding autism, oral motor/apraxia and augmentative devices.
Nina is a co-author of a book entitled Identification and Assessment of the Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Child. A Manual for Educational and Mental Health Professionals. Nina has been a vendor for Regional Center of Orange County for over 20 years. Nina has been a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association, California Hearing and Speech Association for over 25 years. Nina continues to evaluate and provide treatment for children with communication difficulties. Nina values education and continues to obtain post-graduate training in both fields of Speech Pathology and Behavior Analysis.
Nina is a member of the following professional organizations: American Speech and Language Association (ASHA), California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA), California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA), Association for Behavior Analysts (APBA), and Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK). Nina has a wide range of expertise with over 30 years of experience in the field of speech pathology.
The following are some of Nina’s specializations:
Autism (over 30 years experience working with individuals within the Autism Spectrum)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst: experienced in behavior techniques and performing FBA assessments and program development
Apraxia (P.R.O.M.P.T. Trained)
Oral Motor Specialist (Attended courses taught by Pam Marshalla, Sara-Rosenfeld Johnson, Char Boshart).
P.E.C.S. Trained (Attended courses taught by the Bondys).
Links To Language Trained (Attended courses taught by Pamela Payne).
Experienced in Sign Language (Attended several sign language courses at Goldenwest College).
Augmentative Specialist (Author of a Grant on evaluation and treatment of children with augmentative needs)
Hanen Certified Instructor (“It Takes Two To Talk” and “More Than Words”)
Social Skills Training Through Workshops by Michelle Garcia Winner
Pivotal Response Training
Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS Training)
CHARLOTTE FEICHTMANN, PT, PCS, BCABA, C/NDT
Charlotte Feichtmann is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst.. Charlotte’s work spans a variety of pediatric settings. She began as a Physical Therapist at Fairview State Developmental Center providing evaluations and therapy. She served as the lead Physical Therapist at the Orthopedic and Wheelchair clinics. Charlotte was responsible for supervising and teaching student interns and volunteers. Charlotte worked at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) where she was the sole Physical Therapist providing therapy, evaluations, consultations within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Oncology Unit, outpatient, inpatient, and Developmental Clinics. She helped to establish the pediatric department. Charlotte worked at the Blind Children’s Learning Center providing therapy and evaluations. Charlotte contracted her services out to several outpatient pediatric clinics, small group homes, public schools, and hospitals (Western Medical Center) within the Orange County area. Charlotte has been a Regional Center vendor for 20 years, and C.C.S paneled for 15 years.
Charlotte graduated from California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) in 1978 with a BS in physical therapy. She holds a current California State License from the Board of Medical Quality Assurance. She is a Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) through APTA. Charlotte has been a guest lecturer at CSULB, and hosted clinic classes on Sensory Integration for Chapman University Physical Therapy students. She has vast expertise in the field of pediatric Physical Therapy. She continues to supervise interns and is the clinical coordinator for students from numerous graduate Physical Therapy programs.
Charlotte has taught courses on Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis, and The Margaret Rood Approach. She was a guest lecturer abroad regarding Autism and Down’s Syndrome. She has provided physical therapy consultations for patients in several foreign countries.
Charlotte’s trainings and specializations: She is “NDT trained” in pediatrics and babies. She has received specialized training in CranioSacral therapy, Kinesiotaping, Feeding (both sensory and motor based), Sensory Integration, Ordering Equipment/Braces, Torticollis, Social Communication Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS) model , Autism, and Myofascial trigger points/spray and stretch techniques.
Charlotte is a member of the following professional organizations: American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) –California and Pediatric sections, Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA), Kinesio Taping Association (KTA), and California Association of Behavior Analysis (CalABA). Charlotte is NDT certified and has her Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCaBA) Certification.
She is involved in organizing and leading a local pediatric Physical Therapy Study Group that meets quarterly and has been involved in serving her community through volunteering in various organizations.