Through family-centered services across settings Stacy “makes the connection” with your child and your family. Working in the child’s natural environment gives true-to-life understanding of child/family needs. Embrace the Child, Ltd. provides comprehensive services in the home to all clients and offers old-fashioned “home visiting” including “bringing the clinic” to your home as an option.

Within your child, Stacy “makes the connection” by supporting and enriching your child’s developmental growth, embracing his or her unique qualities and integrating all capacities (e.g. motor, language, visual-spatial, social emotional, cognitive) to improve the quality of life with those most endearing to the child.

Stacy helps you “make the connection” within your family by teaching you how to understand your child’s developmental needs and guide you toward playful, joyful ways of engaging your child and working on challenges within daily family life.

In her community, Stacy “makes the connection” by educating parents and professionals via newsletters and presentations for support groups, pre-schools, schools, team meetings, and local community events to name a few.

Stacy also “makes the connection” with occupational therapy students training them to view the child and the family holistically and develop an emergent understanding of the DIR® model. She is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Occupational Therapy Rangos School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University and regularly speaks about her practice to OT students at the university level in the Pittsburgh area.

Stacy is active and “makes the connection” with local professionals both sharing her expertise and learning from her own colleagues and different disciplines. She is member of a well-respected consultation group of mental health professionals. In 2013, she formed the Occupational Therapy Pittsburgh Initiative (OTPI) which is a leading group of OT’s whose vision is to promote excellence in the profession and the community to multi-disciplinary clinicians, educators and consumers.

Nationally, Stacy "makes the connection" with other occupational therapists. At the 2011 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference, Stacy presented her research on the Occupation-Based Assessment, Family L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Family Experiences). This research is now accessible to even more individuals and was published in special issue on Autism in the Sept 2012, American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Since that time, Stacy has presented nationally using her fully developed Family-Centered Therapy Model at AOTA and many other related topics with her colleagues. She encouraged fellow occupational therapists to understand the importance and strong impact of family-centered care and shared ways to implement this comprehensive type of practice. Stacy’s practice is acknowledged by well-respected colleagues as “innovative,” and she is identified as a leader in her field. 

Stacy “makes the connection” by serving your family with great care, dedication, and commitment. Because her number of clientele is small, Stacy devotes ample amount of time with each child and family. Treatment times will be tailored to your child’s and family needs and attention placed on your priorities. She is continually working toward learning a myriad of ways to provide the most up-to-date evidenced-based treatment to best support your child and your family to succeed.

Stacy “makes the connection” by offering continuity across home, school, clinic and community. Continuity is encouraged within the family system. Not only parents, but also siblings, and grandparents and significant others are encouraged to be part of regular treatment. Stacy will gladly communicate and work in concert with or as an adjunct to other professionals (e.g. therapists, educators, and doctors) involved with your child. Stacy can use her approach to treatment and knowledge of the DIR® model to complement early intervention service providers. She can give continuity of treatment to your child from infancy throughout early childhood past the age of 3. Particularly during early developmental years after Early Intervention Services have concluded, Stacy believes the parent(s) and the child continue to benefit from strong in-home support; her guidance, and family-centered care supplement Early Childhood Education Professionals. Last, Stacy will navigate community resources, promote parent advocacy, and recommend learning materials so that you can best understand your child.