About 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 and led the pediatrics courses for MOT/OTD program at USAHS. She earned status as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) by the International Board of Credentialing – a highly regarded achievement in the health field.
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 groups of therapists, teachers, and special needs organizations across the US at conferences such as the US Autism Association’s Annual Conference, Future Horizons autism conferences, the Trauma-Informed Schools Conference, OCALICON, and The Autism Society of America’s Annual Conferences. 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, social skills training, completed her doctoral study on executive function.
Dr. Koscinski has delivered keynote addresses and several breakout sessions for OT state conferences across the US. She will happily discuss one of the many topics and presentations in her ‘pocket’ with you and can customize any course to fit your group’s needs.
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. Dr. Koscinski is an advisor to AutismAsperger’s Digest Magazine.
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 sought training as a certified IRLEN Screener.
Cara has served as a board member and marketing director of the Lowcountry Special Needs Network. She has been an OT advisor to Autism, Asperger’s, and Sensory Digest Magazine since 2013.
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 and is registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.