About Key to CP

Together, we grow.

We believe in patient agency – that our clients can and should take an active role in their treatment and recovery. However, we also advocate for support from families, friends, and medical professionals to help our clients grow.

Licensed therapists for people with CP.

Key to CP provides an in-depth, comprehensive assessment of the client’s function and development, followed by best-practice interventions, a detailed discussion of the client’s goals, and any concerns the client or clients’s parents or caregivers may have.

Our program follows a model developed by Karen Pape, MD and Pia Stampe, PT, DPT. During every step of the assessment and intervention, we ensure that the client fully understands how CP impacts their motor skills, vision, speech, feeding, and cognition function. Goals will gradually emerge as we uncover their best performance.

Dedicated to the job, 100%

“I like working on intensives because I believe we give families hope. Hope that there is more their child can attain. Hope that change CAN happen. Seeing that change during the intensives solidifies their child’s ability, and changes hope into the action of doing!”

“Intensives keep me on my toes and have me thinking every minute I am working with a child and family. We think ‘out of the box’ and have FUN! We work as a team and are constantly collaborating inside and outside the scheduled intensive times. They are exhausting in a fantastic kind of way. The families I work with inspire me to be better and give me hope that we can change the way people look at change in neurological/movement disorders.”

– Tracey Marie Taylor, M.S., OTR/L

About our staff

The Key to CP staff is a group of dedicated, licensed professionals. We are coaches and educators who strive to help children and adults with CP take care of their own needs. We teach our clients about their cerebral palsy, and set up a plan to continue their training towards their goals long after they finish this program.

Pia Stampe, PT, DPT

Pia is the founder of Step by Step CP Intensives, now Key to CP, and consultant to the program. Pia is a pediatric physical therapist with more than 35 years of experience working with children with cerebral palsy. She graduated from PT education in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1981 and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from AT Still University in 2008. Pia has completed extensive continuing education and has teaching experience in pediatrics/neurology, coaching and use of EMG biofeedback, neuromuscular stimulation and functional electrical stimulation. Pia worked closely with Karen Pape, MD as the systematic, intensive model used at Step by Step CP Intensives was developed.

Fun fact about Pia: Pia is a scuba diver. Ask her why she is called the dolphin whisperer!

Danielle Hyde, PT

Danielle graduated from Russell Sage College in 1995, and immediately began working with the pediatric population.  She has extensive experience working with a variety of patients with neurological and developmental disabilities across various settings.  Danielle has worked at Step by Step since 2003 where she works with young children in the community and where she uses her experience to be part of the intensive therapy program.

Fun fact about Danielle:  Danielle loves fishing especially trout from a stream, and she even catches them on some attempts!

Amanda Wilbert, OTR/L

Amanda has been an occupational therapist for 10 years at Step By Step. She graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2011 and has worked with children with various needs and diagnoses. She strives to be a well-rounded therapist and has completed continuing education courses in NDT, intensive therapy, sensory processing, vision, and reflex integration. Amanda uses these principles and knowledge within her sessions with children and their families. She loves working with the incredible Key to CP team and implementing this model to empower families in their own journeys.

Ann Ernst, MS, PT

Ann received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2000.  She began her PT career working with adults and children with Cerebral Palsy, brain injury, and other developmental disabilities, including providing aquatic physical therapy.  Since 2004, Ann has been working at Step by Step, with young children and their families to achieve their goals and developmental milestones. Much of that work has been in the community within homes, daycare programs, and preschools. She brings this experience with her as a member of to the Key to CP intensive therapy team.

Fun fact about Ann: Do you have a Rubik’s cube puzzle that is all scrambled up? Bring it to Ann and she’ll solve it for you.

Lauren Zemaitis, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC

Lauren is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Lactation Counselor. She has been practicing for over 9 years. Lauren graduated with an undergraduate degree from Nazareth College in 2010 and master’s degree in 2012 from the University of Central Florida in Speech-Language Pathology. Lauren’s specialty is working with infants and toddlers with feeding difficulties, as well as supporting their families along their journeys. She is passionate about working with children with complex medical and physical needs. Lauren strives to support these children and their families to find functional ways to communicate across routines and environments. She continues to use the unique Key to CP approach and embed within speech-language and feeding sessions to help children and their families during daily routines. Each child presents with their own individual set of goals and needs, and she works toward achieving them with their families.

When she’s not working as an SLP, you can find Lauren chasing around her two young boys, reading, and spending time with family.