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Peers Play is a group of independent therapists dedicated to providing individualized services to

families, children and professionals to support child development.

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Gusty-Lee has over 30 years of experience working with young children with social related challenges and their families.  Before private practice, she worked at the University of WA in a variety of capacities including consultant, therapist, teacher, research scientist, program director, and staff trainer.  She especially enjoyed her work creating, implementing and evaluating Project DATA for toddlers and preschoolers with ASD with Dr. Ilene Schwarz and colleagues at the Haring Center. Additionally, she worked with Dr. Geraldine Dawson on a panel providing input for the Early Start Denver Model for Toddlers with ASD.  She has published numerous articles and worked in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Ecuador. She focuses on children ages six months to 8 years addressing the developmental areas of attention, play, social communication, and regulation.  She emphasizes the importance of the parent-child and peer relationships, natural environments and school success.  She employs collaborative practices which include the child and family, as well as teachers, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, etc. in order to enhance positive outcomes. Drawing from a variety of evidence based approaches allows her to meet the unique needs of each child and family.  Gusty-Lee blends practices from developmental, behavioral, infant mental health and attachment-based interventions. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Washington and an adoption attachment-based therapy certification from Cascadia.

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 Sara began her career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2011, when she began her private practice as a therapy assistant and had the opportunity to contract with many ABA providers and agencies throughout the Seattle area. Sara went on to study Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis at University of Washington, earning her Masters of Education in 2014. Since graduating, Sara has run a private practice providing therapy to children ages 2-12 in their homes, schools, and communities, as well as consultation to families and teachers as an advocate to the children she serves. Sara's passion has always been around helping children thrive socially and emotionally, and she focuses heavily on relationship building with her clients so there is mutual understanding and trust.  Sara loves to write a good social story and prepare her clients for what to expect in social situations, then support them in the natural environment until they can independently engage with their peers and regulate their emotions. Although Sara has worked closely with the Peers Play team since the beginning of her career, she is finally joining Peers Play formally in summer 2021 as one of the head social group teachers.


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Amber is a Behavior and Education Consultant, supporting families with a multi-disciplinary approach since 2011. She began her career as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) technician working with agencies and private clients. Over the years, Amber has taught social, emotional, and adaptive living skills to children ages 3-18 and young adults. She has also served as a behavioral health research assistant at Western Washington University, a coach for Girls On The Run, and an early childhood educator. After a decade of applied experience, Amber earned her Masters in ABA with an emphasis in Autism at Ball State University in 2022. She completed her practicum in the Seattle area while working in private homes, schools, and community settings. She is currently licensed as a BCBA. Amber is devoted to centering equity and inclusion in her work with all learners. She enjoys helping young people explore their strengths and areas of growth in a way that makes them feel valued. Amber has collaborated with Peers Play for several years and was thrilled to officially join the team in 2023.


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RinaMarie has been working in the field of education for over 29 years and has been in private practice for the last 17 years. She received her Master of Education and Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Washington. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA). RinaMarie’s work focuses on supporting neurodiverse learners from preschool to high school and their families with an emphasis on social-emotional development. RinaMarie has provided direct services to students, collaborated with families and school teams and supported professional development. She has been a kindergarten teacher, coach to pre-service teachers and graduate course instructor. Recently, she was in private practice facilitating social skills groups, providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and consultation, and working directly with families and students from preschool to high school. Currently she provides short term consultation. RinaMarie’s work focuses on social and emotional and independent skill development for young children and adolescence, family support and supporting inclusive education for all students.

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