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

I am so pleased to report about the wonderful rejuvenating experience I had attending the National Convention for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in Philadelphia last month.  I attended intensive courses on a variety of fascinating topics.  I learned so much,  and took home valuable information that I have already begun applying with my clients to enhance the quality of my service. 

I learned new techniques for the dynamic assessment of phonology; explored methods to more accurately measure speech intelligibility and therefore better gauge the efficacy of my treatment plan;  discovered a variety of ways to improve the social thinking skills of students with high-functioning autism;  more sensitive means for screening infants as young as 12 months old for autism along with effective remediation strategies for kids even at such a young age;  as well as information on the most current evidence-based language therapy approaches.  The list goes on!

It was so refreshing being in the thick of the newest, most cutting-edge information, and I returned full of zest and appreciation for my work, and the contribution I’m able to make to the lives of the little ones and families that I work with.

It was also exciting to be able to re-connect with old friends and classmates, professors, to meet researchers in the field, and make new friends that all can continue to enrich my skills.  I even got to visit the Liberty Bell!!

We wanted to make sure that our families knew of this fabulous, inclusive event.  Hope y’all get to go there and celebrate the joys of the Harvest and the Halloween holiday!!

–Jan & Sara


  • WHO?  This Halloween & Fall Harvest family event will be attended by Western Washington Families who have children with autism and their friends.
  • WHAT?  This event will provide a safe and fun Trick-or-Treat and Harvest Party for children affected by autism and is a fundraiser to help TACA continue to provide important services to families affected by autism at no cost.  (View photos from last year’s Harvest Party at TACA’s website).  The event will feature Gluten- and Caesein-free Trick-or-Treating!  Free fun activities (moon bounce, face painting, games, pumpkin painting, and more!)  This event will happen rain or shine – TACA activities are under cover in a barn at the farm.  Reserve your spot online in advance starting in mid-September at TACA’s website.  Don’t wait!  This event fills up fast!
  • WHEN?  Sunday October 31, 2010 @ 10 am – 1:30 pm
  • WHERE?  Schilter Family Farm in the Nisqually Valley (South of Dupont):  141 Nisqually Cutoff Road SE, Olympia WA  98513
  • REGISTER:  at the TACA website (Talk About Curing Autism).
  • ADMISSION IS FREE BUT DONATIONS ARE WELCOME.  A $5 donation per family is greatly appreciated!


          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.

3 Generations of PTA SLPs

from left, Sara Kemp, Connie Ruhl & Jill Daniel, PTA SLPs

It is bittersweet to say goodbye to our good friend and colleague, Jill Daniel, Speech Pathologist, who retired (again) in June 2010.

Jill came to Olympia from Maryland in 1997, an already seasoned clinician who had taught at the university level and who had extensive private practice experience.  She arrived just in time to take over Connie Ruhl’s practice upon Connie’s retirement.

Jill retired (for the first time) in 2000 and Sara Kemp joined the practice.  Jill rejoined several times since then on a part-time basis (two times to help cover Sara’s absence for maternity leaves).  She is finally hanging up her marble-eating dinosaur for good, to pursue other endeavors (including her daughter’s upcoming wedding, lots of traveling with husband Don, baseball games with son Jesse and riding around on her horse May).

Happy Trails, Jill!!  We will miss you!  (Although we’re secretly hoping you’ll come out of retirement yet again for another ride around the arena!!)


Yelm Cinemas and South Sound Parent to Parent are teaming up again for another Sensory Friendly Movie.  The last movie event was such a huge success.

The Yelm Cinemas alters the viewing environment to make the movie going experience more enjoyable for viewers with special needs.  The sound is turned down during sensory friendly films.  Likewise, the lights are left on.  Everything about the viewing environment is arranged to help the child feel comfortable.

In these sensory friendly movies, it is okay to move as needed or desired.  Movie goers are free to get up and move.  Maybe the movement is to the music or excitement of the movie.  Maybe it is a reaction to the environment.  Either way, it is okay.  No one will ask the dancer to sit down.

Please contact Sheila at Parent to Parent (360) 352-1126 ext. 101 to RSVP.

For questions concerning this showing please call 458-8933 or 458-7424 and ask to speak to the manager or E-mail:  manager@yelmcinemas.com.




9:15 AM

Doors open @ 8:00 am

Concession stands will be open

Yelm Cinemas

201 Prairie Park Street NE

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!