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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
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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

  • Bachelors in Exercise Science & Health
  • Masters in 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 
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
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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
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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’s 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

  • Bachelors in Psychology
  • Masters in Occupational Therapy

Methodology/ Certifications

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

Megan Kirk, MS, CCC-SLP

Feeding Program 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)
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Rachel Lowy, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist

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! 

Education

  • BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • BS in Psychology
  • MS in Speech-Language Pathology

Methodology/ Certifications

  • Early Start Denver Model
  • PECS
  • Social Thinking 
  • PROMPT
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Rina Soriano, MOT, OTR/L

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Rina has been an OT in Alaska and Washington. We’re so excited to have her on our team. Rina has worked in outpatient pediatrics as well as home and teletherapy locations. She enjoys working with children and teens with a variety of diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, ADHD, depression, and feeding difficulties. Rina also has a background in collaborating with Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, teachers, school counselors, psychologists, and Behavior Analysts (ABA).
 
Rina received her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Eastern Washington University with a certificate in Disabilities Studies.

Education

  • BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Pre-Occupational Therapy 
  • Certificate in Disabilities Studies 

Methodology/ Certifications

  • The Alert Program 
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) 
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