About Us

The Come Learn With Me product was established in 2004 with the intent to distribute a product that assists in the early intervention process for children between birth and five years of age. Product designers are Stephanie Girard, who is a special education teacher, as well as Kelly McCauley and Melissa Puchalski whom are both Speech Language Pathologists.

With more than 30 years combined experience providing early intervention and preschool services, the authors of this program were inspired to develop a fun, multisensory approach to teaching young children basic concepts and language skills. Come Learn with Me is a colorful, interactive language-based program, where young children become active participants through hands on learning. The program builds cognitive and language skills and vocabulary using real toys and pictures from a variety of familiar settings, such as home and farm, that can be generalized into their natural environment. The materials captivate young children and provide abundant resources for educators and parents.

Stephanie Girard, Kelly McCauley, and Melissa Puchalski operate North Country Kids, Inc., an early intervention and preschool agency in upstate New York. They are members of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Stephanie Girard serves as Administrator and is a certified Special Education Teacher. She has experience teaching in preschool classrooms and currently supervises integrated preschool classrooms at North Country Kids. After continuously making materials to work with preschoolers diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome or other Cognitive Delays, Stephanie and her colleagues developed a comprehensive learning tool that encompassed several areas of early childhood development.

Kelly McCauley is a Speech Language Pathologist who provides speech services to children in early intervention and preschool. McCauley’s specialty includes working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has completed training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), and the Developmental Individual Difference Relationship based/Floortime model (DIR). She also completes core evaluations in early intervention and enjoys using the Come Learn With Me program to assist in the assessment.

Melissa Puchalski is a Speech Language Pathologist who provides speech services primarily to children in early intervention. Puchalski has extensive training in working with children with a diagnosis of Autism, Apraxia and oral motor weakness. She has completed training in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), and the DIR/Floortime model and Apraxia. She enjoys working with children with Autism utilizing the approach that best meets the family and child’s needs.

After continuously making materials to be used with a variety of children with Autism, other terms for Autism (Aspergers syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder) Down Syndrome, Apraxia, Language delays, Speech delays, Fluency, and Cerebral Palsy, North Country Kids, Inc. created the Come Learn With Me series. The 1st edition was published in 2005 and in 2007 the 2nd edition was published with small adjustments based on customer feedback. The series has been a very popular seller in specialty educational magazines, parent-teacher stores, and at ASHA conventions and NSSEA expos.