Life Skills Program at CARD

October 11, 2017, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The purpose of this presentation is to provide information to families and professionals about the Life Skills Program at CARD, a 12-week treatment that focuses on increasing youth's independence within functional everyday activities as well as underlying motor sensory components that might impact self-care performance.


  • Sarah Welch, MS, OTR/L, , CCC-SLP

    Sarah is an occupational therapist at CARD. She began practicing occupational therapy at a specialized sensory integration clinic in the Boston area before working at Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2013. Sarah is certified in administration of the AMPS. Her specific areas of interest include sensory processing, and improving activities of daily living skills in children.

  • Valeria Swartz-Diaz, MS

    Valeria is a speech-language pathologist at CARD. Currently, she leads individual and group treatment programs at CARD, including preschool language and life skills groups. Her specific areas of interest include working with transition-aged youth on activities of daily living.

  • Melissa Teitelbaum, MS, OTR/L

    Melissa is an occupational therapist at CARD. She attended Towson University, earning her BS in Occupational Therapy in 2003 and following up with her MS in 2012. Melissa worked for 10 years within the Kennedy Krieger Schools prior to joining the team at CARD team. She works primarily with school aged children up through the transition to adulthood. She co-leads Lifeskills Group and is a member of the transition team where she has the opportunity to work with families to help their children achieve independence with daily life activities at home.


Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Creamer Building
Third Floor, Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211


Parents, family members and professionals

This is a FREE training! To register, visit or call Hanna Hutter at (443) 923-7596.

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