Cara Koscinski



Cara Koscinski | -- | Top 100 Speech-Language Pathologists Impacting the Field

Practicing Since


Graduate Program

Duquesne University

Therapeutic Focus

Schools (pre-K through high school), Outpatient Clinics

Accolades, Award or Notable Achievements

1) National Association of Professional Women, 2016

2) Academic’s Choice Smart Book Award Winner for my book, The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide Book, 2016

3) Family Choice Award for my book, The Pocket Occupational Therapist, 2015

4) Family Choice Award for my book, The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide book, 2015

5) Duquesne University 15th Anniversary Alumni Award in Recognition of Innovative Practice Entrepreneur, 2008

6) I have four published books and fifth due out in 2017.

7) I’ve written over 30 published articles.

8) I’m an OT Advisor for Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine

9) I’m the OT Advisor for Asperkids

10) My family and I were guests on the Anderson Cooper daytime television show

11) CDs for children with fear of loud noises that I created are featured in special needs catalogues and Amazon.

12) Certified children’s YOGA instructor

13) Certified Irlen screener

14) I create product downloads such as mindfulness, sensory break, self-esteem, and therapy interventions and sell the via my own website as well as on Teachers Pay Teachers Store

15) I’m a speaker for Future Horizons Autism Conferences with Temple Grandin and many other known authors and speakers in the field of autism.

16) I speak at state OT conferences as well as national conferences for OTs, SLPs, and other professionals. My courses count for CEU units

Favorite Quote

"Everyone can rise above circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do." - Nelson Mandela

Cara Koscinski



The best thing is that since I live with two children who have autism, I walk in the same shoes as many of my clients.


Pediatric occupational therapist, Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a veteran clinician specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder, reflex integration, and autism. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University. In addition to her longstanding work as a private practice OT, Cara is a successful entrepreneur, having started two companies. Her products can be found in special needs catalogues and websites across the US and UK. Cara’s latest venture is The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series. As an author, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two children with autism to parents, caregivers, families, and educators in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format. Cara speaks regularly across the US and provides OT consultations, trainings, and seminars as The Pocket Occupational Therapist. She serves on the Advisory Board of Autism Asperger’s Digest Magazine and Asperkids. Articles authored by Cara are featured in many special needs publications such as Autism File, Autism Parenting Magazine, Autism Asperger’s Digest and NewsLine. Cara is also a children’s YOGA instructor and Certified Irlen screener.

The first book in the series, The Parent’s Guide to Occupational Therapy for Autism & Special Needs, is an accessible overview, which explores how occupational therapy can help a child succeed in the home and community. Written in an easy-to-follow, Q&A format, the book discusses some of the most common issues parents confront, including: behavior, handwriting, feeding, fine motor skills, sensory sensitivities, transitions, and life skills. The book also offers simple recommended activities to practice at home using commonly-found household items. In the second book, The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide: Handbook for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and More, Cara focuses on how occupational therapy techniques, strategies, and activities can help children with special needs be successful in an educational setting. Written for parents, caregivers, educators and homeschoolers, The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide provides answers to the most commonly asked educational questions and challenges, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Learning disabilities, ADHD, Individual Education Plans (IEP), 504 plans, Behavior, and Dysgraphia. Her third book, The Weighted Blanket Guide focuses on research and information about weighted blankets. This go-to guide contains up to date resources and instructions on fabricating a blanket for many uses and populations. Cara’s fourth publication is My Mighty Mito Book for Children and was co-authored by her son, Joshua who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease. All four books are available at The Pocket Occupational Therapist website at and on Amazon. This year, Cara’s fifth book Powerful Sensorimotor Interventions will be released by Future Horizons Publishing.