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KATHY CARLEY MS, OTR/L (she/her/hers)
Executive Director, Sound Therapy Coordinator
Kathy Carley is the owner and executive director of Project CHILLD. An experienced and respected occupational therapist, Kathy is also revered as a pioneer in the field of sound therapies. Kathy’s extensive background includes work in public and private school systems, early intervention settings, private clinics, hospitals, and community-based programs. In 2001, Kathy’s passions for both occupational and sound therapy culminated in the birth of Project CHILLD, which originated as the first sound therapy clinic in the Northeast. Kathy has worked continuously to create a holistic, therapeutic environment that strives to help each individual access their many innate and unique skills. Project CHILLD combines the art and science of traditional occupational and speech therapy with evidence-based, holistic approaches.
Kathy’s clinical education experience includes specialized training in a variety of therapeutic interventions and techniques. She is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has advanced training and certifications in the implementation of integrated sound therapies. Kathy has also received comprehensive training in visual-vestibular treatment techniques, motor control theory, oral motor interventions, reflex integration, perceptual training, executive functioning, attachment theory, developmental hand skills, assistive typing and neurofeedback therapy.
Kathy is a two-time recipient (1997 & 2005) of the Margaret L. Bauman, M.D. Award for Excellence. She serves as a sub-committee member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission. She has served as adjunct professor for the Salem State University Occupational Therapy program and is currently a member of the Salem State Occupational Therapy External Advisory Board and the Project Access: Bridge to the Future Advisory Board at North Shore Community College. Kathy continues to provide mentorship and guidance to graduate students and therapists of all levels at Project CHILLD, and her expertise in the field of sound therapy is often sought after by colleagues and healthcare professionals. Kathy’s publications include Sound Therapy: A Complementary Intervention for Individuals with Sensory Integration Disorders Volumes I and II (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2013).