Building Blocks Therapy is an early intervention therapy agency serving families in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Perry, and York counties.
Our work is about one thing above all else – the individual development of your child. Building Blocks Therapy carefully screens and interviews therapists to ensure that they meet our high professional standards.
Our therapists regularly participate in advanced training sessions and continuing education classes to ensure that they are always up-to-date with fresh ideas and sound teaching principles.
We're proud of our staff members and all that they do. This is who we are:
Megan Lesko, M.A. CCC-SLP
Owner / Speech-Language Pathologist
Megan has been working with families in early intervention since 2006. Prior to that, she worked at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) with 3-5 year olds in preschool, head start, and itinerant settings. While at the CAIU, Megan designed a fluency training program for parents of children with dysfluent speech. Before working at the CAIU, Megan was the speech therapist on the brain injury unit of HealthSouth Rehabilation Hospital in Mechanicsburg.
Megan's favorite therapy toy is the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Piggy Bank.
Alyssa Williams is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She was born and raised in New Jersey, then moved to PA to continue her education at Elizabethtown College for their accelerated Masters of Occupational Therapy program. During her senior and graduate year, she completed extensive research based on sensory processing in children and the importance of playing and educating kiddos to work towards being able to identify and express their feelings, wants and needs. She enjoys keeping up to date with the most recent research and findings for therapy with young children and has completed several hours of continuing education related to Early Intervention, including working to improve children's social/emotional skills, communication skills, and sensory needs. She particularly specializes and works most with children with Sensory Processing Difficulties, Children with Autism as well as children who demonstrate feeding difficulties.
Her favorite therapy toy is Play Dough. It is something so fun yet so simple, but can be used in so many various ways, especially with helping meet the needs of kiddos with increased sensory needs.
Angee Rockwell, BA
Angee joined Building Blocks in July 2013. Prior to that she was a Service Coordinator for Franklin/Fulton County Early Invention for four years. Angee has a Bachelors of Science from Charleston Southern University and is mama to two preschoolers.
Antoinette (Anta) Mandich, M.S.
Anta has been working with children from Toddler to Elementary School age in numerous capacities in the realms of child development, education, psychology, and counseling since 1994. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University in 2000, and she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Villanova University (1994). She also has the following Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Professional Certifications: Elementary School Teacher; Elementary School Counselor; and Nursery/Kindergarten Teacher. Before joining Building Blocks Therapy in 2011, Anta worked as a teacher in a Montessori Pre-School while raising her two young daughters. Before that, Anta worked as a counselor and/or teacher for children, and adolescents, and adults with disabilities in various school and community settings.
Anta’s favorite therapy activity is to sing such toddler classics as “Thumbkin,” “Pat-a-Cake,” “Eensy-Weensy Spider,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “Wheels on the Bus,” while doing physical motions and adjusting voice volume and intonation. This allows children to learn via whichever modality best suits them (auditory, visual, sensory, etc.), which in turn helps children to learn to more effectively communicate their wants and needs to family, caregivers, and peers.
Anta’s continuing education focuses on Autism, and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, as well as ADD/ADHD.
Rebecca (Becca) Grandi is a licensed Occupational Therapist, who has been enjoying her career as an OT since 2006. She has clinical experience working with people of all ages in various settings, but was able to focus on her true passion of pediatrics in 2007, when she was an integral part of developing a pediatric Sensory Integration program in Bedford County, PA. This is where her focus and practice continued until joining Building Blocks Therapy in 2017. Her experience includes the Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Fine and Gross Motor/Developmental Delays, and Sensory Processing Delays.
Becca attended Elizabethtown College, where she earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Science of Occupational Therapy. She completed her Master's research project on Erb's Palsy: A Case Study, and presented at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association conference in 2007. While in college, she enjoyed working at the Masonic Villages Children's Home as a Houseparent for children ages K-12.
Becca really enjoys all of the unique roles as an Occupational therapist. One of her favorite aspects of Early Intervention is meeting new families and helping them create and adapt activities, routines, or toys within their means, to help their children continue to learn, grow, and develop with great success.
Emily Robertson, MS, CCC-SLP
Emily began her career as a speech therapist in Lynchburg, VA in 2009, working at a pediatric therapy center, working with the birth through 21 year-old population. Additionally, she worked with the birth through 3 year-old population in Early Intervention. In 2012, she moved to York, PA and continued to work with the pediatric population at Leg Up Farm. She has now transitioned back to serving the birth to 3 year-old population, working for Building Blocks Therapy.
Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Gettysburg College in 2004. She then decided to pursue Speech therapy and earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University in 2009. She has a current certification from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She also is certified in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol and is trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment.
Her favorite therapy toys are the Play and Learn Piggy Bank, various wind- up toys and books.
Jennifer Price, PT, DPT
Jennifer began her career in physical therapy in 2007 working with children of all ages at the Hershey Medical Center, both in the hospital as well as the pediatric rehabilitation center. A
majority of her time was spent with children with brain injury, as well as oncology and the home ventilation program for infants/children going home on ventilators. She then moved to an outpatient
setting at Leg Up Farm, where she is also currently working part time.
Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Health Science and her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Lebanon Valley College.
While it is really hard to narrow it down to a few, Jennifer's favorite therapy toys are the little people farm and the neurosmith music blocks as both toys can be used in a variety of ways. She also really likes the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn activity table.
Jessica Dishler, MSOT, OTR/L
Jessica has enjoyed working with children and their families over the years in a number of different settings including school, clinic and home-based services. She was previously working in early intervention and home-based services for children up to 18 years of age in Arizona before returning to her home state of Pennsylvania.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. During school she was involved in a number of research projects and worked as a teacher in a daycare setting.
Jessica has a strong background in sensory-based interventions and feeding techniques for texture issues and picky eaters. She enjoys the unique role occupational therapists have helping families in early intervention. Her favorite activities to do with children are Playdoh and shaving cream because the kids usually love it and the parents enjoy not having to clean it up!
Kathy Cooper, MA CCC-SLP
Kathy is a recent addition to Building Blocks. She comes to us after 30 years of working for the Lincoln Intermediate Unit #12, where she accumulated a wide variety of experience working with infant/toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age students up through 21 years of age. She was an integral part of several multi-professional evaluation teams including the Infant/Toddler Evaluation Team, Preschool Assessment Team, and Neurologically-Impaired Evaluation Team. She has experience supporting specialized preschool classrooms in language and articulation skills, and functional communication skills as well as working as an itinerant therapist supporting students with communication needs in local daycares, Head Start programs, and community-based preschool programs. She has been an integral part of specialized school-aged classroom settings across all five Franklin County school districts including Life Skills Support, Learning Support, Emotional Support, Multidisciplinary Support, Autistic Support, Neurologically Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, Dual Diagnosis Classrooms, Diagnostic Kindergartens, and Behavioral Intervention programs. She also worked part time as a therapist at the Chambersburg Hospital in the rehabilitation unit, acute care, and pediatric clinic. Kathy’s most recent assignment at a special needs school allowed her to develop a rich experience in assessing and supporting student’s needs for augmentative communication devices, including writing funding reports to secure insurance funding. During this time, she earned the status of LAMP Certified Professional by the Center for AAC and Autism. Kathy loves working with the Birth to Three population and their families and is excited to be an integral part of securing services for infants and toddlers across Franklin and Fulton Counties.
Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Penn State University and Master of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland. She is currently certified by the American Speech/Language Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, and holds a Level 2 teaching certificate for PA.
Kathy’s favorite therapy toys include anything with a lot of pieces such as Melissa and Doug sets that would require the child multiple opportunities to make requests and practice functional communication skills. Bubbles and balloons are favorite stand-bys as well.
Shannon Gerhards, M.S. CCC-SLP
Shannon has been working at Building Blocks since 2013 and loves working with the Birth to Three population and their families. Shannon has spent most of her career working with the preschool population, ages 3-5, with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. She has experience working in their specialized preschool classrooms, facilitating numerous language and articulation groups, and working as an itinerant therapist within community daycares/nursery schools. Shannon also had been employed by two local school districts that have provided her the opportunities to work with school age children from Kindergarten to eighth grade. She was a therapist for HealthSouth pediatric outpatient clinic as well. Her work experiences have allowed her to expand her knowledge and ability to assess/treat various childhood speech and language disorders, including social/pragmatic issues as well as stuttering.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology from Bloomsburg University. She holds a current certification by the American Speech/Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a license and Level 2 teaching certificate by the state of Pennsylvania. Shannon attends continuing education classes regularly that pertain to her special interests, multi-sound speech disorders and childhood language as well as topics that expand her skill set.
Shannon has many favorite therapy toys but two that stand out are Pop the Pig game and Leapfrog’s Farm animal magnets.
Teresa Jones, M.S. CCC-SLP
Teresa joined the Building Blocks Therapy, LLC team in August 2011. She had been working with children aged 3-5 years old at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) since 2001, in a variety of preschool and daycare settings. Therapy has focused on a variety of communication needs: articulation, receptive and expressive language, fluency and social/pragmatic language needs, particularly with children on the Autism Spectrum. She loves helping her students improve their specific communication needs so that they may improve the quality of their social relationships with adults and peers and feel the success of increased communication. Previously, Teresa had worked with elementary through high school aged children in a variety of school districts, before having her own children and then making the switch to Early Intervention.
She received her Masters of Science in Speech Pathology at Bloomsburg University of PA and her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology at Indiana University of PA. Teresa attends continuing education seminars/workshops on an ongoing basis, to enhance therapy focus and ideas for her students.
Teresa doesn’t have a specific favorite toy, but recently was introduced to the Build and Play Mechanic Set. It is a great durable toy which allows children to use a (safe plastic children’s) battery operated drill/screwdriver to make and repair a submarine, helicopter, boat, train, racing car and airplane.