Seattle Therapy Services: Skills for Life

Seattle Therapy Services helps children improve their participation in meaningful activities of daily living, such as communication, mealtime, handwriting, social participation, vocation, and leisure. In occupational therapy and speech-language therapy, we create opportunities for success, and celebrate every accomplishment.

We believe that hope begins with feeling understood.

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MEGAN EASTMAN, MOT, OTR/L

Clinical Supervisor/Occupational Therapist

Megan has a passion for helping children achieve their highest level of success and independence through engagement in meaningful and developmentally appropriate play activities. Megan received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Washington (UW) in 2008. She also has a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the UW (2006). Megan works with infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of developmental challenges and diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, fine and gross motor delay, social-emotional challenges, Down Syndrome, and feeding disorders. Megan is trained in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. She regularly consults with school teams and offers services in the school setting. In 2015, Megan supervised a group of University of Washington MOT students to help develop and co-lead a social skills group, Fun with Friends, for children with limited verbal skills. Many of the participants used AAC devices. Megan has been employed at Seattle Therapy Services since May of 2012.

Publications

http://www1.aota.org/SISQuarterlies/DDSIS-September-Teitt.pdf

Rachel Lowy, MS, CCC-SLP

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel earned her Masters of Science in SLP from the University of Washington in 2013. As part of her training, Rachel participated in leading an intensive social skills camp for children using AAC at Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Rachel's passion for helping children with ASD and their families is clear. Rachel was a research study assistant at the University of Washington Autism Center (UWAC), investigating early risk makers of ASD for infant siblings of children with ASD. Rachel has training in the Early Start Denver Model, PROMPT, PECS, AAC, Social Thinking, and the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. As an employee of Seattle Therapy Services, Rachel focuses on assessment and treatment of speech and language delays/disorders, including receptive and expressive delay, apraxia of speech, social (pragmatic) language delays, and language delays related to autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is an enthusiastic part of our team! Rachel has been employed at Seattle Therapy Services since September, 2016.

katherine (Katie) Merisko, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

In 2011, Katie earned her Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from CSU Long Beach. After graduating, she worked at an elementary school where she served grades K-6, and when she moved to Seattle she spent two years working in early intervention at the Northwest Center with birth-3 year olds. Katie is passionate about family centered therapy and creates functional goals for her clients by working as a team with their families. She has training in Play Therapy, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, Vision and Processing Therapy, Oral Motor/Feeding, Tube Feeding with Love, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Discrete Trial Training, Pivotal Response Training, PECS, and TEACCH methods. Katie was inspired to change her career path towards speech language pathology when she nannied for a family whose son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Originally from San Diego, Katie moved to Seattle with her husband and daughter, and has been employed at Seattle Therapy Services since September 2016. Katie is currently on maternity leave.

Shelley O'Donnell, MS, OTR/L

Owner/Director

As owner/director of Seattle Therapy Services, Shelley provides high quality care as she establishes rapport and ongoing relationships with each and every client and his/her family. She regularly helps children and teens feel comfortable working on less preferred or challenging skills while building on their areas of strength and interest. Shelley specializes in the areas of sensory processing, emotion regulation, parent-child interactions, challenging behaviors, and social participation.

Shelley completed her BS in Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington (1994). With 20+ years of diverse OT experience from the acute care neurology/neurosurgery team at Harborview Medical Center to school-based pediatric therapy in Southeastern Connecticut to bringing OT services to the UW Autism Center in 2001, Shelley opened Seattle Therapy Services in 2010. During her school-based experiences in several Connecticut school districts and the Connecticut College Children's Program, Shelley's passion grew for helping all children and teens to succeed in their educational program. In particular, Shelley became an advocate for students whose behaviors were misunderstood due to social-emotional challenges and/or sensory differences. Providing hope and understanding to children and parents has been her professional mission. Shelley completed a post-professional master’s of science degree in Rehabilitation Medicine in 2007 at the UW, completing her thesis, Sensory Processing and Adaptive Behavior in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Shelley is trained to administer the Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT), and has attended numerous courses, such as the DIR/Floortime Approach, Handwriting Without Tears, How Does Your Engine Run, Hanschu’s Ready Approach, NCAST, Promoting First Relationships, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding. Shelley is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Washington Occupational Therapy Association.

Shelley holds a clinical faculty appointment with the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She enjoys staying involved with the University of Washington programs, guest lecturing, and offering training or volunteer experiences to MOT or aspiring OT students. Shelley presents on topics such as the role of OT, and sensory processing and motor challenges in children with autism spectrum disorder. Shelley also served as a member on the advisory council for the American Occupational Therapy Association Developmental Disabilities Special Interest Section.

Publications

http://www1.aota.org/SISQuarterlies/DDSIS-September-Teitt.pdf

http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/66/5/586.full.pdf+html

My Next Steps: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Autism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlUdNogAwn8&list=PLeh4ptrIzFFk9yZ9PsHb6slht4l4RpBHD

Carrie Stankee, MA, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist II

Carrie joins STS this month, September 2017! She is described by colleagues as a fantastic therapist - warm, caring, and highly skilled. She comes with thirteen, diverse years of experience including inpatient acute rehabilitation and neuro/neurosurgery acute care at Mercy Hospital Springfield, home care in St. Louis, and traveling therapy positions across the country. For the past three years, Carrie has been firmly planted in the world of pediatrics at Kids at Play Therapy where she welcomed leadership roles to support daily operations and program development. She developed treatment programs with a main focus on sensory processing and motor development, including visual-motor skills. She received her BS in Occupational Therapy in 2003 from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and a Master of Arts in Human Behavior in 2014 from National University. Carrie incorporates self-regulation curriculums such as the Alert Program and Zones of Regulation, and has additional training in the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding, and Handwriting Without Tears. Carrie is eager to meet our families! She currently has openings for new clients.

Cin-shuan Cynthia Ting, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist I

Cynthia graduated from Pomona College with a BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Asian American Studies in 2007. She speaks Mandarin Chinese (conversational) and Spanish (basic). Cynthia graduated from San Jose State University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2016. She completed an internship at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento, CA where she assessed and provided treatment for acute inpatient and outpatient, pediatric rehab patients, ages 2-20 years old. Cynthia presented an in-service: Apps, Adaptations, and Accessibility: Helping Children with Quadriplegia Manage Smartphones and Tablets. Cynthia also interned at San Francisco General Hospital in the Psychiatric OT Department where she planned and led evidence-based therapeutic groups and 1:1 interventions. She presented on The Use of Humor in Therapy. Cynthia comes to us with an aptitude for leadership. She received the Outstanding Student Award (2015) from the OT Association of California. Prior to that, Cynthia led a Varsity Girls Basketball team from Lynbrook High School to a championship in 2013-2014, and was awarded the Central Coast Section Coach of the Year (2012-2013). Cynthia worked the past year as a pediatric occupational therapist at A is for Apple, Inc., collaborating with speech therapists, teachers, and ABA supervisors. She is trained in the S.O.S Approach to Feeding, and has experience working with children between 2-8 years of age with developmental delays, ASD, ADHD, sensory processing differences, and feeding challenges. Cynthia’s energetic personality and interest in specializing in sensory processing make her a wonderful addition to our team! We’re elated that Cynthia has decided to move to Seattle. Cynthia has openings on her caseload for new families.

Kaitlyn Wise, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist II

In December of 2013, Kaitlyn graduated from the Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy program at Florida International University. Her Master's Thesis was The Role Depression has on Executive Function in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Ever since graduation, Kaitlyn has immersed herself in the field of pediatric therapy, working at several sites simultaneously such as Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in inpatient and outpatient pediatric therapy, and Adults to Pediatric Therapy, Inc. She is experienced in evaluating and working with children with ASD, SPD, Down syndrome, CP, anoxic brain injury, Prader-Willi syndrome, dyspraxia, failure to thrive, developmental delay, feeding challenges, Noonan syndrome, seizure disorders, and auditory processing disorder. Kaitlyn has provided clinic-based, school-based, and home-based services. She also worked for over a year in equine-assisted therapy. Kaitlyn has training the Alert Program and the S.O.S. Approach to Feeding. She is experienced as a supervisor of occupational therapy assistants. Kaitlyn moved from South Florida to Seattle in the fall of 2016. Kaitlyn has been described by her co-workers as an exceptional clinician, one who develops rapport quickly with children and families.