Lora Clements MS, OTR/L

It is with great excitement that we wecome Lora!  She is an energetic and innovative Occupational Therapist  who is  joining Sara and Jan as another sole practitioner with Pediatric Therapy Associates.  

Lora graduated from Sage Graduate School with an MS in Occupational Therapy.  She  has specific training in sensory integration, sound based treatment approaches, feeding and oral motor difficulties and has a passion for treating children with behavioral, social and emotional challenges.  Lora specializes in helping make sense of each child’s behavioral responses and sees the goal of therapy as related to improvements in strength, coordination, self care skills, behavioral organization and play skills.

Lora is taking new patients and is able to accept most insurance plans. 

 You can contact Lora at (360) 481-6882.                              fax (360) 989-3996.

Autism is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S., affecting every 1 in 110 American children. For the third year, Lindt has partnered with Autism Speaks, the global leader in autism advocacy, to help provide hope to millions of families impacted by autism. Lindt will donate to Autism Speaks 10¢ with each purchase of a Lindt Gold Bunny, $1 with every Lindt eCard sent, and $1 with every new Lindt Facebook fan.*


On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.

We’re aiming to light the world blue all throughout April — city by city, town by town — by taking action to raise autism awareness in our communities.


P.S.:  Home Depot is selling Autism Speaks blue light bulbs in honor of Autism Awareness Month


          Sara, Sherri, Rosemary and Janet

On September 25th and 26th, Sara and Janet attended the DIR/Floortime Conference in Seattle.  DIR/Floortime is the developmentally appropriate, relationship based approach to treatment that was developed by the late Stanley Greenspan, MD and Serena Wieder, PhD. 

Dr. Greenspan posed the following question:  “How does the child develop the miraculous ability to attend, to be calm and interested in the world, to desire to interact with others and to “woo”  those around them to interact with them?”   His question is answered  in the DIR/Floortime Model.

During last month’s workshop, Sherri Cawn, Speech Therapist,  and Rosemary White, Occupational Therapist,  provided background information about the Floortime Model.  Participants then had the opportunity to discuss a myriad of cases that were presented with children interacting in a variety of environments including clinic, school, home and social settings.   

The DIR Model is an effective treatment approach for children with challenges in relating and communicating, including Autism Spectrum.  It is a frame of reference that is applied by various disciplines, including Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers and Psychologists.  It takes into consideration developmentally ordered capacities and individual differences and includes active parent involvement.

We all know that affect is a central organizer of the mind and that it drives learning.  This course provided Sara and Janet with a working model of how to translate this idea into action using interactive techniques that can easily be used throughout the child’s day with  family members and other significant players.

Parent to Parent  is sponsoring a musical concert designed for children with special needs.  It is a sensory friendly event at SSCC on Saturday, June 26th at 1:00.  More information at ssp2p.org.

Janet traveled to snowy Madison, Wisconsin last month to participate in a small group workshop that was taught by two of her favorite instructors, Mary Kawar and Sheila Frick.  It was a fabulous opportunity to study and meet other therapists from around the US and Canada who share Janet’s passion for precise interventions that target the vestibular-auditory-visual sensory triad.

Mary and Sheila’s collaboration began 15 years ago.  Mary was particularly interested in looking at the vestibular system in relation to vision while Sheila expanded her awareness of the vestibular-auditory continuum.  Janet had taken several classes with Sheila surrounding Therapeutic Listening ™ and had been using their Core Concepts In Action ™ Program.  She wanted updates to the older programs and to have a chance to learn more about the Astronaut Training ™, a program developed by Mary.

Each of the three systems (vestibular, auditory and visual) simultaneously provides unique, complementary information for the body to respond adaptively to an ever-changing environment.  The vestibular system is our internal GPS system that orients our body and helps us to navigate through space.

The vestibular system does its work automatically and forms the continuous background of our experience.  Clues that are suggestive of poor vestibular processing include poor balance, being over or under active, feeling “lost in space”, dislike of being in the dark and being super vigilant visually.  These are the children who may avoid movement and dynamic environments and who have poor organizational skills.

The small format of the course provided lots of lab time to expand some tried and true therapy techniques as well as to explore  fun and new ideas for treatment of this very responsive triad.

After-class adventures gave Janet a chance to catch up with a high school friend, explore the Madison campus and capitol areas and spend extra time with her classmates from Atlanta and Hood River.  It also cemented her impression that moving from the snowy Midwest to attend college in the Northwest was one of her best-ever life decisions!

Lindt chocolates will make a donation to Autism Speaks for each gold bunny and e-card sold this Easter season.  Throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month, Lindt will make additional contributions to Autism Speaks with the auctioning of   Rosenthal Porcelain Rabbits.  Check it out at www.lindtgoldbunny.com.

Sensory Processing, often referred to as Sensory Integration, describes the manner in which the nervous system receives and processes information from sensory systems allowing an individual to make adaptive motor and behavioral responses.

Based on research from the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, SPD affects 1 in every 20 children.  With extensive research and advocacy from the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, the American Psychiatric Association is considering the addition of “Sensory Processing Disorder” to the DSM-V.  The SPD Foundation will be collecting evidence until 4/20/10 and then sending it to the American Psychiatric Association to support the SPD classification.  Having SPD included in the new DSM-V, which will be published in 2013, would open up an array of positive changes for children who have Sensory Processing Disorder, including  possibilities for additional public school classifications, available therapies, treatment and public recognition.

For more information, go to:  http://spdfoundation.net/dsmvcomments.html

Reprinted from an article by Doriet Bialer MA, OTR/L, Summit Professional Education website:  www.summit-education.com