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OUR MISSION

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.

ABOUT US

Meet the Team

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 O'Donnell

Shelley O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L

Director and Founder

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.

Education

  • BS in Occupational Therapy
  • MS in Rehabilitation Medicine

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT)
  • DIR/ Floortime
  • Hanschu’s Ready Approach (Sensory processing)
  • NCAST
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
Amber Michaelis, MA, CCC-SLP

Amber Michaelis, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amber has experience in pediatric outpatient settings where she values finding creative ways for children to take ownership over their treatment and bringing family priorities front and center in therapy.  She has experience working with children with Autism from toddler to young adult age, and enjoys supporting a wide variety of skills including language, literacy, AAC, and social communication. Amber’s favorite part of her role as a speech-language pathologist is watching children’s self-confidence and independence blossom as they build meaningful communication skills.  

Education

  • BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • MA in Speech-Language Pathology

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Social Thinking 
  • PROMPT level 1
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Chase Lane, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Health
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • DIR/Floortime
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Self-regulation curriculums
  • Superflex
  • Sensory Processing
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Cin-shuan Cynthia Ting, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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).

Education

  • BS in Neuroscience
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • The Alert Program
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration 
Danielle Conner

Danielle Connor, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Having built her career as a travel therapist, Danielle has experience in a variety of settings across the country while working to understand the neurodiverse child. She uses neurotactile and movement-based approaches to address self-regulation, fine motor and adaptive skills as they relate to overall daily functioning. Danielle values organic play and creativity, supporting family advocacy in the therapeutic process.

Education

  • B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State University
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Carroll University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Brain and Sensory Foundations: First Level
  • Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Sensory Processing
  • Self-Regulation Programs
  • Handwriting Programs
Erin Englert

Erin Englert, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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.

Education

  • BS in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • DIR/Floortime model
  • Sensory Processing
  • Reflex Integration
  • Rhythmic movement therapy
  • Handwriting programs
  • MNRI
  • The Brain Gym Program

Grace Johnson

Therapy AidE

Erin has a background in Human Development and Family Studies. She is passionate about partnering with families and providers to ensure all children have the support they need to thrive in their homes, schools, and communities! Most recently, Erin worked in Early Intervention, connecting families to therapeutic services, community resources, and family support programs.

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation and intervention
  • Accessible Literacy Learning (ALL) reading program for non-speaking individuals
Jennifer Wright, MOTR/L

Jennifer Wright, MOTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Jennifer aims for playful therapeutic interventions using a strengths-based approach to embrace neurodiversity and all its potential. She has a wide variety of experience working therapeutically with people of all ages, socioeconomic status, and cultures. Jennifer strives to provide interventions that add meaning and value to daily life. She is well versed at delivering pediatric interventions in-person and through telehealth and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community settings.

Originally hailing from New Mexico, she speaks conversational Brazilian Portuguese and French. Outside of the clinic Jennifer enjoys cross country skiing, cooking, creative pursuits, travel, and life-long learning.”

Education

  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Mexico
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy from Temple University

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Self Regulation (Social thinking, Zones of Regulation) -Feeding
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Sensory Processing
  • Interoceptive Awareness
  • Sleep
  • Handwriting Programs
  • ADHD/ Executive Functioning
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Jo Ristow, MS, CCC-SLP

Clinical Supervisor/Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science
  • Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Methodology/ Certifications

  • PECS
  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation and intervention
Kalayla Hough Seattle Therapy

Kalayla Hough, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

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.

Education

  • BS in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences
  • MS in Speech-Language pathology

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Infant Family Specialist
  • Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk
  • Promoting First Relationships
  • Social Thinking
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Katie Schripsema, MOTR/L, MT-BC

Occupational Therapist

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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Music in Therapy 
  • Bachelor’s of Music in Performance
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Working towards Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration Jan. 2020-present
  • DIR/Floortime for the Birth – Five Population
  • Nurtured Heart Approach
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Megan

Megan Eastman, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

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.

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Psychology
  • Master of Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • PECS Level 1
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • The Alert Program
Megan Kirk

Megan Kirk, MS, CCC-SLP

SLP LEAD AND FEEDING LEAD / SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

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.

Education

  • BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders

Methodology/ Certifications

  • SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Beckman Oral Motor Protocol
  • Social Thinking
  • Zones of Regulation PECS Level 1
  • Diagnosis and Treatment for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
Sara Sciarrino, MS, OTR/L

Sara Sciarrino, MS, OTR/L

OT Lead/ Occupational Therapist

Sara graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Ithaca College, where she was also a Leadership Scholar. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient pediatric clinics as well as telehealth and schools. Sara truly loves being an OT, advocating strengths-based therapy and promoting neurodiversity, and making every session fun and meaningful for children of all ages and abilities.

Education

  • BS in Occupational Therapy/Occupational Science
  • MS in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Learn, Play, Thrive Approach to Autism
  • Sensory Processing
  • iLs (Integrated Listening System – Focus Program)
  • Zones of Regulation and Self Regulation Curriculums
  • Handwriting programs

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