Dr. Emilia Solinto, OTD,OTR/L graduated with her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2004 and with her Doctorate Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2007 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Solinto has worked with early intervention, preschool, and school aged children. Her career began in a special education preschool, which placed a large emphasis on motor development and a sensory integrative approach to practice. Her knowledge and skills of motor development and sensory integration were further developed and enhanced when she accepted a position at an outpatient sensory clinic, for children with developmental delay, autism, speech delay, and sensory integration disorder.

In July 2010, Dr. Solinto accepted a position in a local school district, predominantly within the districts Intensive Support Program (ISP) for children on the autism spectrum. Over the last several years, Dr. Solinto's role has developed within the school district. She not only has developed two sensory gyms within the school district, but has worked diligently with staff to utilize sensory integrative methodologies within the classroom setting, "sensory smart classrooms", to help children reach maximal learning potential. Dr. Solinto also consults weekly within the Kindergarten classrooms to assist in reinforcing necessary skills for academic success, including body awareness, handwriting, cutting, fine motor skills, visual motor skills, visual perceptual skills, and bilateral coordination abilities. Dr. Solinto utilizes interactive, sensory based, and hands on methodologies to teach and reinforce areas necessary for development. Dr. Solinto most recently assisted in the development of an age appropriate Kindergarten screening tool for preschool aged children who will be entering Kindergarten. Over her career, Dr. Solinto has worked with children on the Autism Spectrum, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Visual Impairments, and various other neurological diagnoses.

Since the start of her career Dr. Solinto has also worked with children from birth to three years of age. She has worked with children who are delayed reaching their developmental milestones, in addition to working with children who have suffered from brain injury and pre-natal and post-natal strokes.

Dr. Solinto has created and presented at many levels to educators, medical professionals, and parents on the importance of development, play, and sensory integration to children's overall development and ultimately independence within the school, home, and community setting. She has developed home programs and is a valuable resource of information and knowledge.

  • Dr. Solinto is certified in:
  • Level 1 Clinical Mentorship at the Sensory Processing Foundation under lead researchers Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah Schoen
  • MORE: Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Function
  • Wilbarger Therapressure Program
  • Sensory Defensiveness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach
  • Therapeutic Listening: Listening With the Whole Body
  • Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: SOS Approach to Feeding
  • Astronaut Training : Vestibular Habilitation from the Core
  • Handwriting Without Tears
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