Our Team Leaders

Occupational Therapy


Melissa Idelson
is CSC’s Director and directs our Occupational Therapy program. Melissa understands first-hand the learning struggles children may have. As a child she experienced difficulties learning to read and spell, and now she is guiding her own two children through the development and learning journey. Her unique perspective of having been the struggling child and now a concerned parent, gives her the understanding and compassion which compels her to help other children be successful in dealing with life’s challenges.

Melissa began her career as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in 1990. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, where she was first introduced to sensory integration in college, she moved to California in 1995 to complete graduate studies in Ayres Sensory Integration* (ASI) theory and practice at the University of Southern California.

Speech & Language Therapy

Melanie Pensak feels grateful everyday for the opportunity to help children and families as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Melanie has 11 years experience in a variety of pediatric settings including multidisciplinary private practice, home health, and medical outpatient centers domestically and internationally spending one year practicing in Australia. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2004 and her Master’s degree in 2005 through Duquesne University in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. She most recently received her certificate of Early Intervention through Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies in Washington, DC in June 2015. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the State of California in Speech-Language Pathology. Melanie participates in volunteer speech-language projects including performing literacy screenings for the Dadagaun Village Project in Nepal.

Melanie’s areas of expertise include evaluation and treatment of children with articulation/phonology disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive/receptive language disorders, genetic disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She enjoys incorporating assistive technology into her practice. Additional areas of experience include the evaluation and treatment of children with oral motor deficits and feeding difficulties. She has completed specialized training courses including: Hanen- It Takes 2 to Talk, PROMPT and PROMPT Bridging, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, Beckman Oral-Facial Deep Tissue Release, the SOS Approach to Feeding, and PECS.

Educational Therapy

More information to come!

To schedule an appointment with any of these professionals, call (310) 899-9597.

Child Success Center
828 Pico Blvd., Suite 7
Santa Monica, CA 90405-1350
Call 310-899-9597 to access our “warm” line.
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