Leah Charlson M.Ed.,OTR/L
Leah J. Charlson is the co-founder of Main Line Integrated Therapy and the director of MLIT’s multi-sensory gym. Leah holds a Master of Education in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is a specialist in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and social-emotional development. Leah has advanced training and certification from the Sensory Treatment And Research (STAR) Institute, the premier treatment, research and education center for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. She is DIR/Floortime certified in social-emotional development through the International Council on Development and Learning.
Leah is a certified Handwriting Without Tears® specialist and is trained in the Size Matters handwriting program. She is experienced in the use of therapeutic yoga tools, The Zones of Regulation and The Social Thinking Curriculum, which helps children develop emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, coping skills and social skills.
Leah offers evidence-based interventions, a collaborative model and a family-centered approach, informed by her knowledge in sensory processing, the importance of relationships and play, mindfulness and yoga. During her twenty-five year career, Leah has worked with children from birth through twenty years of age, in a variety of settings, including pediatric skilled nursing facilities, home-based treatment, early intervention, preschool, elementary and middle schools, and sensory clinics. Leah has extensive knowledge and training in sensory integration, sensory processing challenges, social-emotional development, dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/executive function, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, fine-motor development, developmental delays, dysgraphia, handwriting/school-related skills and visual-motor integration.
I’m so pleased to provide a fully-equipped sensory motor gym to serve patients in our community. Getting to know my clients in a more personal and meaningful way, offering a wide variety of equipment and modalities to my clients and spending the time to learn about the child and their family, allows me to tailor each session to their specific needs and bring out the best in each child. I believe that it takes a holistic and empathetic approach to not only help a child achieve their goals, but help their families as well.
- Leah Charlson