Our mission is building skills for life by providing patient care that maximizes outcomes and brings people and environments together. This is different than having a goal to fit into an insurance reimbursement model. We have made the choice to not contract with insurance because we strive to provide wrap-around therapeutic services to our clients. The level of care we provide is sometimes incongruent with insurance reimbursement because of the limited nature of what they consider therapeutic. We understand that choosing a therapy provider is an important one for every family. We provide invoices with billing/CPT codes – when appropriate – to match the services we’re offering.
All our therapists hold a Masters degree in their field and are able to work with a variety of environments, ages and ability levels.
Shelley leads the Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life team, advocating for children with complex needs and thinking critically about outcomes related to service delivery and evidence-based approaches. Providing hope and understanding to children and parents has been her professional mission for more than 20 years.
Shelley is published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Autism Edition (2012), Sensory Processing, Problem Behavior, Adaptive Behavior, and Cognition in Preschool Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Prior to opening Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life, Shelley’s introduction to pediatric OT was in schools throughout Southeastern Connecticut, the Connecticut College Children’s Program, and working for eight years at the UW Autism Center. In 2019, Shelley completed the SBA Emerging Leaders program.
She holds a clinical faculty appointment with the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and enjoys opportunities to engage with the community.
Chase enjoys working with children with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and feeding difficulties. She is passionate about providing family-centered, play-based therapy to help children reach their highest potential.
Chase works collaboratively on our team, including our Feeding Program.
Cynthia has worked in outpatient pediatrics since 2016, helping children improve participation in their home and school environments with creative home programming and teacher/provider collaboration. Cynthia helps her clients gain confidence through engaging functional activities.
Cynthia has an aptitude for leadership, taking on the role of OT fieldwork supervisor and eHome Therapy strategic planner. We also like to brag about Cynthia leading a Varsity Girls Basketball team from Lynbrook High School to the championship in 2013-2014, and being awarded the Central Coast Section Coach of the Year (2012-2013).
Erin earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Long Island University and has experience working with individuals across the lifespan in some of New York’s most well-known healthcare establishments, such as Bellevue Hospital and NYU Langone Hospital.
Erin offers occupational therapy to children to young adults and works on our feeding team.
Jo has specialized in augmentative alternative communication and Autism for the majority of her career, working at Provail, UW Autism Center, and Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Jo is passionate about expanding access to AAC for those who need it. Her ultimate therapeutic goal is for the communicator and their family and community to understand and appreciate one another. Jo collaborates with school districts and service providers. She is conversationally fluent in Spanish.
Jo provides clinical leadership to our team.
Kalayla has experience in pediatric outpatient and in-home settings serving families from a variety of cultural backgrounds. She is a certified Infant Family Specialist who believes that supporting the child-caregiver relationship is essential to making meaningful progress. Kalayla has experience working with children with Autism from toddler to young adult age. She has experience teaching social skills in individual and group settings.
Kalayla’s passion is to help children communicate with their loved ones and give them the communication tools they need to accomplish all of their dreams.
Katie started her OT career in public schools in New Mexico, collaborating with educational teams while providing OT to students in middle school. More recently, Katie has been an early intervention OT in the Seattle area gaining skills in parent coaching via telehealth for sensory processing differences and developmental delays. In addition to her occupational therapy training, Katie has been a music therapist since 2013.
Megan has been an integral part of the Seattle Therapy team since 2012, offering OT across settings, coaching parents, and advocating for students.
Megan works primarily with infants, children and teens with complex developmental challenges and diagnoses, and is a leader in our multidisciplinary Feeding Program.
Megan has a gift for mentoring therapists and students, offering training and supervision.
Megan has experience in pediatric outpatient and school settings. She values the importance of collaboration with families, school teams and other providers to support growth across environments.
Megan is passionate about facilitating functional communicaton across an individual’s life. She has experience with a wide range of augmentative alternative communication. Megan also works in our multidisciplinary Feeding Program.
Rachel has training in the Early Start Denver Model, PECS, Social Thinking, and PROMPT and worked as an ABA behavior technician before becoming a speech therapist. She loves play-based intervention for children with autism and using high and low-tech AAC.
Rachel was previously an SLP at Seattle Therapy Services before leaving to teach English in Spain for just over 2 years. She is excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and at STS! Rachel enjoys play-based learning and talking to children about their interests, then using those interests to build bridges to communication. She feels lucky to have a job where crayons, playdough, and glitter are tools for success!
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