Our Staff

Meet Our Team

Nicole L. Abate-Gioino, MS, OTR/L

Founder and Clinical Director


Nicole is a local Long Island City mom and the founder and clinical director at Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She graduated from Touro College School of Health Sciences with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and has been practicing Occupational Therapy since 2004. She specializes in pediatric therapy and hand therapy and has experience working with children from birth to adolescence. Nicole is a New York City approved RSA provider and a New York State approved Early Intervention Occupational Therapy Service Provider. She is also a certified provider of The Listening Program. Before founding Sensory City Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Nicole gained a wide-range of experience working hands-on in public and private schools, pediatric sensory clinics, private homes through the New York State Early Intervention program, special education pre-schools, orthopedic outpatient clinics, rehab centers and hospitals throughout the five boroughs of New York City. She has completed numerous continuing education courses that, along with clinical experience, have helped develop her therapeutic technique. Some of those courses include Advanced Brain Technologies’ The Listening Program® , The Alert Program for Self Regulation, Handwriting without Tears® , Listening with The Whole Body, and The Wilbarger Brushing Therapy protocol. Nicole is trained in ABA techniques and Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor strategies to improve child functional performance and learning. Additionally, Nicole has developed and presented various workshops for schools within the New York City Department of Education as well as provided instruction in the use of sensory diets and handwriting programs. Nicole is passionate about helping children gain the self-confidence to empower them to make a difference in the world.


Emily Bolan, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist


Emily has over twelve years experience working with children from birth to 18 years old in various capacities such as teaching summer school, tutoring, instructing swimming lessons, camp counselor and as a waterfront director at a summer camp. She has now put her experience to work as an occupational therapist. With a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from NYIT, she enjoys helping pediatric clients improve self-regulation, sensory modulation, fine motor coordination, handwriting and social skills. Emily has experienced sensory processing difficulties when she was younger and has a keen understanding of how this can affect a child.


Connie Hau, MS, OTR/L

Senior Occupational Therapist


Connie has a passion for working with children and her experience has ranged from pediatric mental health facilities to school based treatment for children with autism and learning disabilities. She is trained in multiple treatment modalities including Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training, TV Teacher Handwriting Program, Floortime/DIR and Brain Gym 101. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist she worked as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy Assistant at Binghamton University. Connie has since worked in a variety of settings including Jiaxing Province in China and Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a family advocate in finding appropriate school based services and collaborates with schools to create meaningful Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) for all of the students she works with. Connie is a 2004 graduate of Columbia University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and she endeavors to always learn more, experience more and help to the fullest.


Maggie Stapleton

Certified Children's Yoga Instructor


Maggie has been a certified vinyasa yoga instructor since 2012 when she completed her 200-hour training at Yoga To The People. This school of yoga taught her that yoga is for ALL individuals. The idea really began to come to life through her path as a teacher, sharing yoga with a variety of people: healthy and injured adults, teens, and of course, children. She has been working as a children’s fitness instructor at My Gym in Manhattan for two years. It wasn’t until a few months ago, however, that she decided to commit to a children’s yoga teacher training program. Maggie received her certification from NYC’s Om Schooled this past March.

Yoga has been a way for Maggie to ease anxiety and to actively shift her mood in a positive direction. She believes that the most important thing we can give to children is a tool to deal with the very real stresses and challenges of life. For Maggie, yoga is this tool, and so much more. She is committed to fostering a safe, fun space for your children to exercise their bodies and tune in to their breaths. Maggie cannot wait to meet your children and share this special practice together! Please check out Maggie’s website at: http://maggiestapleton49.wix.com/yogawithmaggie


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