Ms. Richards, OTR/L, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Elizabethtown College and is a
registered (certified) and licensed occupational therapist.
has worked with clients with a range of diagnoses, throughout the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics.
is trained in Greenspan's D.I.R. model and has lectured extensively on this subject.
Ms. Richards began her career at Harborside Healthcare of Beachwood, completing evaluations, screening and treatment for long-term care and skilled care units from 1995-1998.
worked closely with physical therapists and speech-language pathologists to maximize clients' progress.
It was at this point that she
learned the importance of a team approach to therapy.
In 1998, Ms. Richards joined Barrie Galvin and Associates, LTD.
treated children with a variety of diagnoses, including PDD
, Regulatory and Multisystem Developmental Disorders
, Sensory Integration Dysfunction
and hand function disorders.
Additionally, while with Barrie Galvin
, Ms. Richards
developed the Floor Time lecture and coaching series, which included three nights of lecture and parent/caregiver coaching sessions.
A co-founder of The Center for LifeSkills in 2002, Ms. Richards has helped create a dynamic cooperative style of therapy for children with a variety of needs.
has also written two children's books: A Garden Tale and A Woodland Tale , stories about friendship, acceptance, and diversity.