Occupational Therapy at CDRC

Scope of Care

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all aspects of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" and enhances the quality of their lives.

More specifically for children and youth, occupational therapy is concerned with a child's ability to participate in daily life activities or "occupations" such as self-care, play, and school-related activities. We provide individual, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary evaluations, family/caregiver training, and skilled therapeutic interventions. OTs use their unique expertise and understanding of the impact of disability, illness and impairment on functional skills to design interventions that promote development, establish foundational skills, address sensorimotor processing and modify environments to support participation in daily activities.

Services Provided


The team of OTs at CDRC strive to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment services for individuals 0-21 years of age and their families. Additionally, we provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. We collaborate with the family, other healthcare professionals, early intervention programs, schools, and community agencies to establish appropriate care plans and coordinate therapy efforts.


Parent or caregiver education and home programs are vital to our interventions. Our therapists work closely with family members, school staff, community agencies and other healthcare professionals to coordinate therapy goals and objectives.

The team has expertise in the following areas:

  • Autism parent training program
  • Feeding therapy
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Upper extremity neuromotor and musculoskeletal status Activities of daily living skills
  • Handwriting
  • Assistive technology
  • Transition to adulthood (including pre-vocation and vocational skills)
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Splinting


Kim Solondz, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Discipline Director, Occupational therapy
LEND Training Coordinator, Occupational therapy

Kersti Pettit-Kekel, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

Margaret Wolf, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
Fieldwork Coordinator

Britt Pew, MS, OTR/L
IDD Occupational Therapy Resident

How to make a Referral

Referrals are welcome from any source including parents, educators, caseworkers, physicians, and other health/allied health care providers. Many families require a referral from their primary care provider in order for their insurance to cover the service; if this is the case, our bilingual administrative staff can help you with the process. For more information, or to initiate a referral, please call 503-418-0290.



CDRC occupational therapists are involved in multiple, on-going research endeavors including projects on typical childhood development, constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), feeding issues in children with Smith-Lemli Opitz Syndrome, assessment & management of pain in children with disabilities, and central nervous system stem cell transplant for children with Batten's Disease.

Residency Program

The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship in Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a post-degree program that provides training of occupational therapy professionals in the care of children with Neurodevelopmental and related disabilities. These disabilities include cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, and genetic disorders.