Stace is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
She has more than 25 years of experience counseling children with various disabilities. She is a child advocate assisting (and supporting) the child and their family to obtain all available resources and programs as well as proper public-school placement.
She is most widely known for her critically acclaimed workshop, “Who’s the Boss”, teaching basic behavior management techniques to Broward County public school teachers, parents, foster parents, guardians, and families in crisis.
The culmination of her many practice areas serving the population led to the establishment of “Include Me too”, founded in 2018 as a special needs recreational center in Boca Raton Florida, Serving children, teens, and young adults with various disabilities. The focus of “Include Me too” (Pre-COVID-19 social distancing restrictions being in effect) was to create and provide a safe social environment for kids to interact, play have fun, without judgment or labels. These activities included, Art, games, science projects and Yoga.
Today, “Include Me Too” has evolved into “Spectrum Play Therapy” an Individualized Therapeutic Play Center for children on the Spectrum along with their families.
Director and Founder of “Include Me Too”, founded in 2018 as a special needs recreational center in Boca Raton Florida, Serving children, teens, and young adults with various disabilities.
Owner and Founder of “Mind-Body Therapy for Kids”, treating ADHD, Spectrum disorders, anxiety and depression in Boca Raton, Florida.
Therapist in group homes for autistic and developmentally delayed children ages 3-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Team Leader at Grant Center and Charter psychiatric children’s hospitals for teens 11-14 with anxiety, depression, OCD, ODD and emotional problems.
Broward County Service coordinator serving children ages 0 to 3 (Early Intervention Program for Developmental Disabilities) for the Broward County School System in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Stace’ was awarded a 12-month Federal Grant that provided funds to support families and teachers, along with teaching parenting and Behavior management skills. Due to the success and popularity of “Who’s the Boss” workshops, (A Behavior workshop created and taught by Stace Katzman) The one-year Federal Grant was annually renewed for four additional years.
Throughout the many years of practice over multiple disciplines working with hundreds of families and children with various needs and disabilities, Stace’s primary focus was, is, and has always been, on the individual needs of each child she serves.
Stace’s present focus is utilizing her skills in counseling and her certification in “Autplay* to communicate one on one through play with children and young adults on the Spectrum who lack the verbal skills necessary to express and communicate their desires, hopes, and fears.
Play Therapy is a powerful, valuable, and necessary therapy for children and young adults on the Spectrum with communication and/or behavioral issues. Play Therapy allows for communication when words cannot. Through play, children express their fears, unsettled emotions and possible past trauma that is potentially holding them back from personal success. Play is the most natural and common expression of all children’s feelings.
International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards
Council for Exceptional Children
The Autism Society of America
“Today’s Yoga www.Today’s yoga.com
“The Power of Thought Can Heal Your Child”
By Stace Katzman
Profiled in “Boca Raton Observer may 2019
“Include Me too
Welcoming all Children Regardless of Disabilities