Communication Foundations & promOTing participATion amazing staff!

Meredith Bandish, M.A., CCC-SLP (Founder)

Meredith is a graduate of Villanova University (2003), with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and Education. She earned her Master of Arts from West Chester University (2006) in Communicative Disorders. Meredith has extensive experience working with children with Autism in home and school settings. She was the lead Speech-Language Pathologist for two Verbal Behavior classrooms, responsible for program design, implementation and parent and staff trainings. She is a PROMPT trained therapist (Completed Bridging Level) and also has much experience working with children with Apraxia and other motor-speech impairments. In addition, she holds certificates from Pyramid Education Consultants for PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), and is trained in the SCERTS model, and Lively Letters (TM).  


Meredith holds current licensure from the State of Connecticut, the CT Department of Education, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She is passionate about helping children become functional communicators.


Meredith has presented workshops on Early Language Development in Preschoolers for the Farmington Community Preschool Meeting, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, and the School for Young Children at St. Joseph's College.


Meredith lives in Southington with her husband, son and daughter, dog and cat. She is an avid crafter and enjoys gardening, and spending time with her family at the beach.


Melissa Olson, Owner of promOTing participATion, LLC

Melissa "Missy" Olson graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2005 she earned a Master's degree in Special Education with a concentration in Adaptive Technology from Southern CT State Univeristy. Missy has 15 years of pediatric Occupational Therapy experience in both the educational and clinical settings. In addition to her practice in the field, Missy serves as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University teaching Assistive Technology to graduate level students in the OT program. Professionally, Missy has presented at both state and national conferences related to her knowledge in Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology.  She has authored two articles in the OT Practice Magazine related to assistive technology.

Missy is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and is certified and licensed in the state of CT to practice occupational therapy.

Outside of work, Missy is passionate about health and wellness. She is an active Zumba and fitness instructor at a local gym. Missy loves to be outdoors where you can often find her running or biking. Missy enjoys relaxing with family, friends, and her two dogs.

Keina Fields-Small, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Keina is a graduate of Syracuse University (1999) with a Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During her graduate school years her concentration of study was on language and literacy development, dialectal code-switching, and multicultural issues in speech language pathology.
Keina has 15 years experience working with children with Autism and severe language impairments from birth through high school. She is a Hanen certified Speech Pathologist since 2009 and a true believer of parent empowerment for better language outcomes for young children. Keina has completed professional development courses at the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) and often incorporates these inquiry based techniques, visuals and hands on strategies into language therapy. Keina's primary focus of interest has always been on the social aspects of language: teaching parents how to embed functional language into meaningful everyday routines, as well as teaching tweens and teens social perspective taking to improve reading comprehension, oral and written expression, and social interactions with others.
Keina lives in Plantsville with her husband, two daughters, and her dog Dela. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, gardening, creating collages and writing.

Danielle Morek, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Danielle graduated from University of Connecticut with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders.  Danielle then worked in Waterbury Public Schools as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant for 18 months.  She received her Masters Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Speech Language Pathology in 2011.  During her graduate work, she worked for a Birth to Three agency as an interventionist working specifically with children that had a diagnosis of Autism.  Danielle is currently licensed under the State of Connecticut, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and Connecticut Department of Education.


Danielle has several years of experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, Down’s Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, multiple disabilities, articulation, phonological impairments, and expressive/receptive language disorders in the school setting.  Danielle has certification in PROMPT and has also been certified to administer the ADOS.  Danielle has experience using various AAC devices and PECS.  Danielle is currently the Lead Clinician for her school district’s speech and language department and was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Danielle lives in Bristol, CT. 


She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, staying active, traveling, and volunteering.  Danielle strives to make a difference in the lives of both the individuals she works with and those closest to them.


Stephanie Gawel, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Melissa R. Olson, owner of promOTing partipATion LLC is now providing Occupational Therapy services in our office.  Learn more about Melissa on our About Us page.






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