Fun, Play-Based, Nurturing, and Calming Environment.
Abilities was co-founded by an Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist who share a similar vision for addressing the developmental and educational needs of children in a fun, play-based, nurturing, and calming environment.
Our mission is to prepare individuals with and without special needs for life success within their community and home.
Our philosophy incorporates the best of various developmental models to collectively address all aspects of a child's development. We believe in the strength of the family and we promote wellness and development of all children.
We strive to help your children learn and grow which means we want to provide your children with top-quality care, including a supervised environment, a secure building with restricted access, and a nut-free facility.
Stacey Frasier, OTR/L
Stacey Frasier is a registered Occupational Therapist. She has worked with children in the Warren, Washington and Saratoga County regions for 23 years, providing services in the home, clinic and daycare/preschool settings. Stacey earned her degree at Utica College of Syracuse University in 1996. She has concentrated her study in Pediatrics, extensively in the area of sensory integration and its relation to motor skills. She excels in the treatment of sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders and ADD/ADHD. She utilizes a multi -faceted approach to treat children with developmental diagnoses including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Down syndrome.
Stacey maintains a high level of continuing education and is certified with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. Stacey is trained in the Wilbarger Therapressure Technique and is currently pursuing certification in Ayres Sensory Integration. Stacey is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the New York State Occupational Therapy Association. Stacey provides fun, multi sensory based learning and therapeutic techniques to assist children to engage in their occupation of playing and learning, building the skills and confidence to thrive in their environments.
Lead Teacher Pre-K
We have the privilege of introducing our highly qualified preschool director, Mrs. Claeson. After 23 years of working directly with children, Jennifer has joined our team and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and of course fun! Jennifer holds a dual bachelor degree from Rhode Island College in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. As a Preschool Teacher, Head Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director in a variety of preschool settings, Jennifer feels that play is a child's most important work, and she strives to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.
Lead Teacher-Blended 3's & 4's
Miss Lydia joins us as a graduate of SUNY Cortland where she earned a degree in Education and is pursuing her graduate studies in early childhood education. She strives to promote social emotional and physical development of children, and excels in the creation and application of STEM projects and child-centered, multi-sensory instruction through play. Miss Lydia focuses on hands on and personalized learning with children based on a child's personality and interests, and develops classroom curriculums emphasizing multi-modality education and learning through play.
Lead Teacher -Toga Tykes program
We are pleased to introduce our Toga Tykes head teacher, Miss Jenny, who brings with her 10 years of experience working with children. Her love for children sparked her desire to study Art and Early Childhood Education. Miss Jenny's gentle, soft spoken, yet fun approach, creates the ideal learning environment. Patience, creativity and a passion to teach are among Miss Jenny's many assets.