*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

University of Massachusetts '03

*Master of Early Childhood Special and General Education

Bank Street College '08

*Master of Clinical Social Work with Children, Youth & Families

Columbia University '08

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University '16

Megan Peck, MEd, MSW, LCSW

Owner, Mental Health Therapist       

megan@miniminds.org

I went to school to learn how to be the “perfect” parent. I double-mastered in early childhood education and family psychotherapy. I spent 8 years studying and working in the most diverse and varied socio-economic part of the country. I worked in classrooms and became a licensed therapist. I dedicated the first decade of my career providing therapeutic and educational support in the community.
 

Then I became pregnant with my first son, and felt confident I was beyond prepared. The plan was to name him Nolan, after the great baseball player Nolan Ryan. But our Nolan had a curveball for us. He entered this world with 47 chromosomes and 6 holes in his heart. He spent most of his first five months of life at Riley Children’s Hospital, before undergoing open-heart surgery. Assuming that I was prepared for parenthood before actually meeting Nolan was absurd. Never before had I talked with doctors about tests and diagnoses for my own child, advocated for services in the schools with teachers and administrators, or carried the weight of the resulting stress on my own family and relationships. Now I’m able look at each child, parent and family through a lens of mutual understanding , as the mother of a child who doesn’t follow any sort of playbook and as an experienced professional helping families harness developmental, emotional and behavioral approaches to feel more in control and connected to one another. 


During Nolan’s time at Riley, I delved back in to my education with new perspective. I
completed my fellowship at Indiana University in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND). I became the Founding President of the Indianapolis location of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, where I assembled and led a team of 15 people from idea to inception to grand opening. 

 

When I created Mini Minds with my co-founder Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP, we wanted ALL families to have a place to engage in a transformative relationship to discover deep insights about their child’s brain, what it needs to be successful, and how best to foster development to reach full potential, with the help of leading brain experts and therapists. I believe in empowering parents, as our voices become our children’s inner talk-tapes. I am a big proponent of skill building and providing a foundation for basic social, emotional and executive functioning skills – what EVERY child needs and will use from now, through adulthood. At Mini Minds, we emphasize a growth mindset and work on critical thinking and problem solving. We utilize yoga and other kinesthetic learning to provide more feedback to the brain and create more neuropathways for better retention. We teach emotional and behavioral regulation so that our families can live happier, healthier lives.

 
Raising a child, or “mini mind,” to be responsible, respectful and resilient is hard work. The kind of love and support that nourishes your child is different from any other parents’ set of tools, strategies or practices for their children. 
I now have three children, each of whom is a mysterious miracle. For my own children, and every child I meet, my hope is that they will continually grow and learn in all aspects of their being, and always, always live mindful and meaningful lives.

*Bachelor of  Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology

Ball State University '01

*Master of  Arts in Speech and Hearing Science

Ohio State University '03

Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP

Owner, Speech Language Therapist   

kristin@miniminds.org

Being a Speech Language Pathologist is more than just a career. I am truly passionate about helping children learn to communicate. There is nothing more rewarding than hearing a child say a sound, word or their very first sentence.


I have been a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for more than 15 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Ball State University and my master’s in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State. While college courses provided me with the knowledge for this profession, my real education has come from working with children and their families. I have worked in outpatient clinics, elementary schools, preschools, and First Steps. I joined Megan Peck as co-owner of Mini Minds in October 2017. Our dream was to provide a place for families to learn, grow and thrive with the help of leading therapists and brain experts.


My areas of expertise include apraxia, autism, expressive language delay, articulation and motor speech disorders, word-finding disorders, auditory processing disorders, stuttering, and oral-motor disorders. I believe in interventions that are multi-sensory and engaging to children. I strive to incorporate yoga and Bal-A- Vis-X to support sensory processing and executive functioning. I am trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. I am also well versed in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques, from working side by side with behavior therapists and through continuing education.


I believe in including the whole family and all caregivers to ensure the family’s needs are met, as well as generalization of skills. We teach children how to appropriately and effectively express their thoughts and feelings, while empowering peers and parents to better understand what children are saying and doing.

The whole approach of Mini Minds – empowering the whole child, family, and
brain – is what sets us apart and why the families that come here are able to lead happier, healthier, more confident lives. I could not ask for a better environment or group of experts for my clients. As a wife and mother to three children, Mini Minds is an extension of my own family!

*Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

University of Indianapolis '08

*Master of Occupational Therapy

University of Indianapolis '10

Jennifer Cloud, MOT, OTR

Clinical Director, Occupational and Feeding Therapist

jennifer@miniminds.org

I have been an occupational therapist for over 7 years. My older sister was studying to become an occupational therapist, while I was still in high school, and I was enthralled with what she and her friends were learning about when they would get together for study sessions at our house.  When I was in college and in graduate school, I worked for a company that provided in-home and community habilitation to individuals with special needs. I loved that job and it was clear to me that I was destined to follow in my big sister’s footsteps. I found that occupational therapy was the perfect combination of left-brain facts with right-brain creativity. 

 

I began my career working in outpatient pediatrics. Early in my career, I completed two clinical mentorships at the Sensory Therapy and Research (STAR) Center in Colorado with Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR/L focusing on assessment of and intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Upon my return, I co-led a group to educate pediatric OTs on SPD. 

 

My passion for working with children led me to work as an occupational therapist in the school systems. I worked with students from kindergarten to beyond 12th grade in various environments, including general education, life skills, functional academics, resource classrooms, and a student-resource classroom for emotional difficulties. I also led a social skills/self-regulation group with a speech-language pathologist to help students learn how to interact appropriately with peers and stay regulated in the classroom. Through continuing education courses, I have received additional training in the treatment of infants with neurodevelopmental delays, individuals with ADHD, and children with executive functioning deficits. 

 

I love that occupational therapy is so client-centered, in that the things we work on are important to the individuals, as well as their families, and lead to meaningful occupations. I find joy in helping kids and families bridge the gap between potential and skill acquisition. I could not think of anything more beautiful than that to do with my professional life.

 

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading and spending time outdoors. A major sports nut, I like to watch basketball and football (especially the Pacers and the Colts!), as well as participate in a softball league and a weekly dance fitness class. I love reality television and going to concerts. I am a greeter at my church and spend most of my free time having fun with my husband and our beautiful son.

*Bachelor of  Arts in Communication Sciences

& Disorders

Butler University '15

*Master of Science in Communicative Disorders

University of Alabama '18

Meghan Crouse, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language and Feeding Therapist

meghan@miniminds.org

After extensive experience working with children and young adults through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and the Treatment & Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) Program, I completed my clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology under the supervision of Kristin Kouka, MA, CCC-SLP.
 

I love that, here at Mini Minds, we are able to discuss and collaborate with other brain and therapy experts, in various specialties, to provide comprehensive solutions and growth to treat the whole child, while providing families with the latest brain research and knowledge.


I am proficient in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. This approach integrates posture, sensory, motor, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. Many families struggle with children who are anxious during mealtime or who simply have a limited food repertoire. I believe in making mealtime a positive, enjoyable experience for the entire family, while helping children get the nutrition they need to grow and perform at their best.
 
I enjoy working with a variety of pediatric populations, including: feeding and swallowing, language disorders, articulation, literacy, and with children on the autism spectrum.
 
When I am not working as an SLP, my new husband, Eric, and I love to be outdoors and spend time with family, friends and our new chocolate lab puppy, Dixie. Go Dawgs and Roll Tide!

*Bachelor of  Science in Psychology

Purdue University '14

*Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Indiana University '16

*Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Indiana University '17

*Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental & Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow

Indiana University '17

Leah Van Antwerp, OTD, MS, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Having a sibling with a disability, I grew up in the waiting room of therapy offices, listening and learning strategies and games used in therapy. When I saw the benefits after copying these same techniques at home, my passion and belief in utilizing therapy to help families thrive was born. Witnessing therapy from a family perspective inspired me to become an occupational therapist.


A Hoosier native, I completed my masters and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from Indiana University and a fellowship in neurodevelopmental disabilities at Riley Children’s Hospital. I have become especially interested in sensory processing challenges and have extensive experience assessing and addressing sensory processing needs. I enjoy incorporating yoga into my therapy, to teach children about the brain and to help them access and retain information. I am passionate about providing education, not only to the families I serve, but also to future therapy providers, as an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis’ School of Occupational Therapy.
 
I provide therapy in a client-driven, family-centered way that provides tools and takeaways for parents and children to use at home, where true change and learning takes place.
 ​
I have completed continuing education courses in reflex integration, child development,
vestibular processing, advanced courses through the American Hippotherapy Association, and am a certified kids’ yoga instructor. I practice clinic-based, equine-assisted, and aquatic pediatric occupational therapy at several locations and serve as a guest lecturer in the Indiana University Occupational Therapy Department. I have more than six years of experience in working with children and their families through adaptive sports and occupational therapy, and have extensive experience providing sensory-based treatment. 

 

When I am not helping families lead more peaceful, positive lives, I enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, hiking and supporting our local businesses and farms.

*Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology & Integrative Physiology

Hanover College '16

*Doctor of Occupational Therapy

University of Indianapolis '19

Meghan Harkness, OTD, OTR

Occupational and Feeding Therapist

meghanharkness@miniminds.org

Mini Minds has been my therapy home since the beginning of my occupational therapy journey. I completed my Doctoral Capstone Experience at Mini Minds in the spring of 2019, while attending the University of Indianapolis. During this experience, I fell in love with serving, educating, and empowering the youngest members of our community and their families… so I joined Mini Minds full- time upon graduation that summer!


Nearly every job I have ever had involved caring for children, so I knew pediatric practice was a natural fit for me. Whether I was teaching swim lessons, nannying, or tutoring, my end goal was always the same - to build the skills and self-confidence of children so that they may become more independent. That message is synonymous with the aim of occupational therapy: to help individuals participate and perform well in the activities they want, need, or must do in their daily lives.


At Mini Minds, I’m able to partner and collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to assess and develop skills, while creating strategies that work for the whole family. Working together to make a customized plan that works for each child, they get to experience improved sensory regulation, attention and focus at home and in school, improved endurance and participation in educational and social activities, and enrichment in all areas of their lives.
 

I am passionate about continued education and providing research-based interventions that provide yield effective and meaningful changes for your family. I continue to learn and hone my skills by completing courses related to fine motor skills, feeding/eating, and executive functioning.


I love to get creative with therapy sessions! Whether we are having a snowball fight to work on self-regulation, a fashion show to work on sensory aversions, or a coloring contest to work on fine motor coordination, we are always having fun, while identifying and maximizing your child’s strengths.


Outside of work, I love to spend time with my husband (Brock), our sweet baby boy (Theodore), and our two dogs (Copper & Poppy). We love to go on family walks, play at the pool, and eat breakfast for dinner! Growing this little family of mine has been a dream come true and I am so thankful for their love and support.

*Bachelor of Science in Exercise 

Indiana University '13

 

*Master of Occupational Therapy 

University of Indianapolis '16

Abigail Schumann, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

abby@miniminds.org

Since well before my start as an occupational therapist, I have known that I had a special interest in the world of pediatrics. I was born 2 months prematurely and had my own familiarity with the medical world by an early age. Being in this environment has always felt natural and I find such fulfillment in the ability to help families with their own challenges in daily life. I was finally able to gain some real life experience in the summers of 2011 and 2012 at The Center for Courageous Kids, a children's medical camp in Kentucky. Here I learned how to not only work with the child, but how the family unit intertwines and to treat the family as a whole. I served as a Den Counselor and later as the Arts and Crafts counselor the following summer. It was here my love for program development and activity modification to serve variety of diagnoses began to grow. 

 

Shortly after my first summer, I quickly established my goal to become an occupational therapist and gained a variety of experience along the way. I worked for 2 and a half years in an ABA center as a behavioral therapist, completed clinicals in outpatient and inpatient pediatric settings, including NICU and early development screenings, and I have worked in a one on one in-home program for the past 4 and a half years. 

 

Over the past two years I have worked in the adult acute setting, again maintaining the patient and family first care at the center of my focus. I enjoy working towards goals of independence in daily living and sensory integration techniques to make individuals successful in self regulation. I love exercise and wellness and incorporating these interests in to my own practice.  I also enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our spunky dog Tarzan- whether it's traveling to see friends and family or a weekend bike ride!

*Bachelor of Social Work

St Mary's College '17

 

*Master of Social Work

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis '19

Kate Vasile, MSW, LSW

Mental Health Therapist

kate@miniminds.org

Growing up, I was always pegged as the “mom” of the group. So, it was no surprise that I chose an occupation that would allow me to work with children and families. Through my vast experience in ABA Therapy and medical social work at Riley Hospital for Children and Memorial Hospital South Bend, I have found that there is nothing more important,
impressionable, or resilient than a child’s brain.

 

When parenting, it is easy to get caught up in the way he or she “should” act or the way he or she “should” think but, for many kids, thinking outside the box is the only way to go. So, why not let them? Children are incredibly receptive and it is important to raise them in an environment where they feel they can thrive and feel confident. This, in turn, allows children to flourish and grow all areas of their lives, taking on challenges with assurance, from childhood through adulthood.


As a Mental Health Therapist, I provide your child with a toolbox full of different skills necessary to successfully work through life experiences, overcome obstacles and
create lasting, positive relationships. My goal is to ensure your child feels comfortable, capable, and ready to conquer the everyday world that sometimes tries to get the best of us. By using cognitive behavioral methods, empowerment, mindfulness, critical thinking and social learning, I will help your child reach their fullest potential and feel confident to take on new challenges.
 
What I enjoy most about social work practice and mental health therapy is the focus on the
individual. I can create and nurture an important relationship with a child and their family that is truly special and unique. No two children are the same. I am grateful for the opportunity to educate and empower children of all abilities and their families with the information and tools necessary to grow each day.
 
When I’m not helping other families, I enjoy the outdoors and physical fitness. I love trying new, healthy recipes (even when they don’t turn out as expected!), and spending quality time with family and friends. An avid sports fan, you can catch me cheering on some of my favorite teams, like the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, Notre Dame, the Cubs, and the Blackhawks.

*Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Communicative Sciences

and Disorders
Michigan State University '13


*Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
Andrews University '16

Erin Bailey, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language and Feeding Therapist

erin@miniminds.org

I can say I’ve officially come full circle in my career. In elementary school, I was the one receiving speech-language therapy (those pesky /l/’s and /r/’s!). Fast-forward to now, I am on the other side of that table and administering therapy. From firsthand experience, I know how much it matters to make therapy not just effective, but engaging and creative as well.
 

I was born and raised in the Chicago area until I went to college – where I did both of my undergraduate and graduate in Michigan. My time at Michigan State University helped me jump-start my passion not just for speech pathology, but working specifically in the field of pediatrics. I volunteered at non-profit clinics that worked with children in groups that used Augmentative & Alternative Communication. My favorite part about the whole experience was having the children meet others who use a Speech Generating Device as well and be able to converse with them. This experience helped me to pursue my post-graduate training in LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), which is a proven therapeutic method that uses consistent motor plans for accessing vocabulary on a Speech Generating Device.

 

Between my undergraduate and graduate year, I took a year off to gain more experience working a new population of children. I became a high school teacher assistant for a life skills classroom. I loved being able to go on different community trips with the students and help them implement their skills in math (counting money for lunch), language (independently ordering at a restaurant), executive functioning (making a list of groceries to buy for a dish), and social skills (interacting with other peers and others in the community). In graduate school, I was trained on use of the The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program, which is a learning approach that can help children who often struggle with reading and literacy concepts. I am also trained in Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, which is a treatment approach for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), other speech sound disorders, and expressive language difficulties.


I completed my Clinical Fellowship Year and two years beyond at Easterseals Crossroads in Indianapolis. I worked with children from 3-18 years of age in a clinic and school setting. I was able to grow and gain more expertise working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mild/Moderate Cognitive Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairment, Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability and Speech and Language Impairment.
 

When I am not at Mini Minds, you can most likely find me at any local park, farmers market, or coffee shop. I like being able to spend my free time with my husband and friends going kayaking, hiking, and biking. My favorite pastime though, is hanging out with my dog (a golden retriever named Brody) and volunteering my time with local rescues such as Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) and Golden Retriever Rescue and Community Education (GRRACE).

*Bachelor of Arts in Communicative Science Disorders

Saint Mary's College ‘18

*Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology

Saint Mary's College '20

Sarah McClure, MS

Speech Language Therapist

sarah@miniminds.org

I found the field of speech language pathology at the end of my freshman year of college and I have loved it ever since. I love working with young kids and helping them express all of their thoughts, wants, and needs. I earned my undergraduate degree at Saint Mary’s College and was fortunate enough to continue my time there as I earned my Masters degree. I loved my time in South Bend but as graduation approached I wanted to return home to Carmel to be closer to my family as I started my career.


During my clinical work in school I was able to gain a lot of experience working within the
pediatric population. I was able to work with a variety of kids with articulation disorders and language disorders. I gained experience working with kids with ASD, CP, developmental delays, hearing loss. I have always loved playing and working with kids. During undergrad and grad school I worked at a preschool where I was able to work with kids between the ages of 2-5. I loved watching the kids grow and explore the world around them. It was an amazing and rewarding experience to watch them learn and grow each and every day.


In my free time I enjoy reading, taking my dog on long walks, caring for my succulent plants, and teaching myself to crochet. I also love spending as much time as possible with my niece and nephews. On weekends I am often with my family watching the Colts or an IndyCar race.

*Bachelor of Kinesiology

Miami University '14

*Master of Occupational Therapy

Shawnee State University '16

Jennifer Werring, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

jenniferwerring@miniminds.org

I have been an occupational therapist for 3 years. I spent 6 months at the beginning of my career at Cincinnati Children's outpatient pediatric clinic focusing on providing children client-centered treatment to increase their independence with play and activities of daily living. I was fortunate enough to facilitate a social skills group weekly for children with sensory processing disorders in order to learn appropriate interactions with peers. I enjoy providing children and families with skills to become more successful at home and at school while increasing a child's confidence and joy with learning new tasks.

 

I have always enjoyed working with children so it's no surprise I would eventually end up working in a pediatric setting. During college I spent my free time teaching swim lessons to children with  disabilities. Fast forward, I ended my graduate program completing my thesis focusing on developmental grasp patterns among children from 3-6 month old. Since then I have continued my education through various continuing education courses focusing on sensory processing disorders, executive functioning, fine motor development, and feeding/social skills.

 

Most recently I have spent the past 2 years working in a acute care hospital providing client-centered therapy focusing on patient and family goals to assist the patient in regaining independence in their daily lives and work occupations. My favorite part of being an occupational therapist is how each person's treatment looks completely different. It is nearly impossible to provide the same treatment from one person to another. I look forward to providing this level of care to your child while providing a safe and fun environment where he/she can be successful.

 

As a recent Indiana resident I enjoy spending my time outdoors exploring the Indianapolis area, trying new fitness classes, reading a good book, and saying hello to every dog I walk by until I end up with my own!

*Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science 

University of Indianapolis ‘17

*Doctor of Occupational Therapy

University of Indianapolis '20

Kailan Henderson, OTD, OTR

Occupational and Feeding Therapist

kailan@miniminds.org

I have always had a passion to work with children and within the health care world. In high school, I encountered occupational therapy for the first time and fell in love with the profession and the idea of helping children develop and participate in their meaningful activities. Throughout college, I had various opportunities to work with children including working as an after school counselor at elementary schools and providing respite services for families. It was my experience in respite services that allowed me to see the importance of considering the whole family when providing care. 

 

During graduate school, I completed my fieldwork at a pediatric clinic. I had the opportunity to help design and implement a camp for children focusing on sensory activities. I also was able to assist with a social skills group and design intervention plans. Most recently I had the opportunity to develop a program focusing on reproductive health for children with autism and their families. 

 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and visiting my home town in Louisville, KY. I also enjoy hiking and visiting local parks around Indianapolis. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is hanging out with my sweet boxer pup, Piper. 

*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
DePauw University ‘92
 
*Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ‘97 
 
*Master of Social Work
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis ‘19

Polly Larson, MSW, LSW(t)

Mental Health Therapist

polly@miniminds.org

After graduating from DePauw University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and later obtaining my nursing degree at Indiana University, I worked in psychiatric research and as a pediatric psychiatric nurse for about eight years until I began raising my own children, now in high school and college. As our children grew, my husband and I improved at helping them deal with the ups and downs of life. Those real-life lessons in parenting impelled me to return to graduate school with a passion to provide the type of counseling, education, and supportive services all children and families deserve.

 

I went back to school because I empathize with the needs and challenges faced by many families, and I wanted to know more about how they could be helped to navigate those sometimes-troubled waters. While obtaining my Master of Social Work degree at the Indiana University School of Social Work, I gained valuable experience leading adolescent and multi-family groups in the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs at the St. Vincent Stress Center. I was also fortunate to work with bereaved children and teens at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Children. 


This background has provided me with a broad understanding of the physiological and psychosocial aspects of health. I have also learned effective cognitive behavioral therapies and other useful strategies for teaching children and teens to recognize their strengths, challenge their thoughts, identify and regulate their emotions, and effectively manage their behaviors.

 

As a Mental Health Therapist at Mini Minds, I look forward to working closely with the multidisciplinary team to help families thrive and lead their best lives! When I am not working, I love spending time with my own family and friends. I also enjoy trying out new recipes, reading, exploring the city, and going on walks with my dog, Taffy.

Kathleen Yohe, BS

Administrative Assistant

info@miniminds.org

I taught 5th grade at St Joan of Arc for four years and then as a 3rd grade teacher and elementary Math specialist for five years at The Orchard School. Upon the birth of our middle of three children, Paige, I was thrust into a new world of medical needs, therapies, advocating, and a desire to learn more about health and wellness. Paige was born with Down syndrome. I believe in her wholeheartedly, just as I did my students when I was teaching. With the right supports in place, any child, any person can be successful. I am happy to be a part of Mini Minds working to serve families in finding supports to aid in their growth. 

*Bachelor of  Science in Elementary Education

Marian University '07

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