asAbout Cara Koscinski
Cara is passionate and excited about providing quality treatment to children with special needs. This is evident by her additional training and drive to seek new and fun ways to help children to achieve their goals. By forming a partnership with the caregiver, goals for therapy can be met faster and while everyone is having fun!
Cara Koscinski earned her post-professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and BS in Health Sciences. Cara has been a therapist since 1997. She is a professor at the University of Saint Augustine’s MOT and OTD programs.
Cara is a mother to her own two children with special needs. Not only does she understand occupational therapy but she is able to appreciate the unique perspective of the caregiver.
After Cara’s children were diagnosed with autism, Cara sought out services to benefit the boys. She could not find a therapy center that provided both quality therapy for autism and Sensory Processing Disorder AND that provided direct education to parents for carryover of treatment. So, she decided to create her own! She was the Co-Founder of Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC which quickly grew to provide therapy at schools, in homes, and in centers located around the Pittsburgh area.
In the meantime, Cara developed CDs for children with fear of loud noises (auditory sensitivity) since her children had difficulty tolerating noises such as thunder, fireworks, and sirens/fire drills. Cara and her sister, a music therapist, purchased high-quality recordings and wrote lyrics and rhythms. The CDs are a fun way to be able to hear and “control” the volume of sounds! Cara began selling them locally and then in several national catalogs for special needs. The CDs that Cara created, Sound-Eaze and School-Eaze can be found on Amazon, The Therapy Shoppe, and Achievement products. She sells the CDs under the company name, Route2Greatness since her older son enjoys drawing routes, maps, and is on his way to doing great things!
Cara provides occupational therapy services, advocacy, and consultations as The Pocket Occupational Therapist. Cara enjoys speaking to therapists, teachers, and special needs organizations across the US at conferences such as the US Autism Association’s Annual Conference, Future Horizons autism conferences, and The Autism Society of America’s Annual Conference. She presents continuing education courses for OccupationalTherapy.com, Home CEU Connection. and many universities and groups across the US. Her courses on Learning Disorders and ADHD are available in the UK via OfCourse Learning. She specializes in autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, behavior, holistic OT, trauma-informed care, and social skills training.
Cara frequently writes articles and has been published in AutismAsperger’s Digest, ADDitude Magazine, Autism Spectrum Quarterly, AutismFile, APFED, Autism Parenting Magazine, Something Special Magazine, Parents, San Francisco Parent, and NewsLine, among others. Ms. Koscinski is an advisor to AutismAsperger’s Digest Magazine. She was named as one of Jennifer O’Toole’s Asperkids Advisors of Awesomeness. Cara was the recipient of the Duquesne University’s Innovative Practice Entrepreneur Award and has served as an adjunct clinical instructor for the Duquesne University Occupational Therapy program. She has extensive training in sensory processing disorder, pediatric feeding techniques, core muscle considerations, autism, gastrointestinal disorders, upper extremity treatment, handwriting, Therapeutic Listening, caregiver stressors and support, visual perception, and business/private practice topics. Cara has recently become a certified IRLEN Screener.
Cara has served as a board member and marketing director of the Lowcountry Special Needs Network. She happily created their website.
In 2012, Cara was a featured guest for the ANDERSON Cooper national television show discussing eosinophilic disorders. Cara is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, is licensed in three states, and is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.