Susan Stallings-Sahler, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Susan Stallings-Sahler Portrait

Dr. Stallings-Sahler has been in the field of Occupational Therapy for over 30 years as a pediatric clinician, educator, researcher, and business entrepreneur. She earned the B.S. in Occupational Therapy at the University of Florida, the post-professional M.S. in Pediatric Occupational Therapy at Boston University, and the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Stallings-Sahler is certified in Sensory Integration and studied with Dr. A. Jean Ayres, the founder of the sensory integration approach in OT. She is also certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (Bobath approach).

Dr. Stallings-Sahler’s research includes a key role in the development and North American standardization of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests; current development of the Screening Assessment of Sensory Integration (SASI) with Brenau Masters thesis groups, and several other projects related to pediatric practice.

Her diverse areas of service to the OT profession include being Chair of the AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section; a member of the ACOTE Roster of Accreditation Evaluators; Editor of the Developmental Disabilities Quarterly; member of the Board Certification in Pediatrics development group; and Chair of the NBCOT Program Directors Advisory Council.

Dr. Stallings-Sahler is a recipient of the North Carolina OT Association’s Award for Outstanding Practice in Pediatrics; and the AOTA Roster of Fellows award (FAOTA).

PUBLICATIONS

Carrasco, R. C. and Stallings-Sahler, S. A. (2014).  Sensory integration/processing assessment and treatment.  In J. O’Brien and J. Solomon (Eds.) Pediatric skills for the occupational therapy assistant.  Elsevier:  Philadelphia, PA.

Carrasco, R.C. and Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (2010).  Sensory integration assessment and treatment.  In J. O’Brien and J. Solomon (Eds.) Pediatric skills for the occupational therapy assistant.  Elsevier:  Philadelphia, PA.

Carrasco, R.C., Hermes, S., Herge, A., Stallings-Sahler, S. (2008).  Fast Forward to 2017: Evolving Developmental Disabilities Practice with the Centennial Vision. Developmental Disabilities Quarterly, Bethesda, MD:  American Occupational Therapy Association.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (2007).  Societal Statement on Stress and Stress Disorders.  For the Representative Assembly Coordinating Council of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Ayres, A.J. (posthumously) and Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (In preparation). Aspects of the Somatomotor Adaptive Response and Praxis. Santa Rosa, CA: Crestport Publishers.

Stallings-Sahler, S. A. (2007). Relationship between motor control and care-giving environment in prenatally cocaine/polydrug exposed infants of recovering mothers: Part I. Developmental Disabilities Quarterly, 1-6.

Stallings-Sahler, S. A. (2006). Relationship between motor control and caregiving environment in prenatally cocaine/polydrug exposed infants of recovering mothers: Part II. Developmental Disabilities Quarterly, 1-6.

Carrasco, R.C. and Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (2005).  Sensory integration assessment and treatment.  In J. O’Brien and J. Solomon (Eds.) Pediatric skills for the occupational therapy assistant.  Elsevier:  Philadelphia, PA.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (2000).  Sensory modulation disorder in a child with gastro-esophageal reflux.  Sensory Integration Quarterly, Fall 2000.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1998).  Assessment and treatment of sensory-motor processing in infants.  In J. Case-Smith (Ed.) Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention.  2nd Edition.  Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1996)  Object Manipulation in Toddlers: Effects of Uterine Drug Exposure, Maternal-Child Interaction, and Home Environment.  Chicago: University of Illinois Dissertation Press.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1993) Sensory Integration:  Assessment and intervention with infants.  In J. Case-Smith (Ed.) Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention. Boston: Andover Medical Publishers.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A.  (1993)  Enhancing reimbursement for sensory integration procedures in occupational therapy.  AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Newsletter, 16, 4.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A., Anzalone, M., Bryze, K., Carrasco, R., Pettit, K. (1993). Results of the SISIS Reimbursement Survey.  Sensory Integration Quarterly, 16, 4.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1992). Prenatal cocaine exposure and infant behavioral disorganization.  AOTA Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Newsletter, 16, 3.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1991). Sensory Integration: A Journey of Study and Practice.  OT Week, March 18, 1991.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1991). Creating a challenging environment for sensory integration. OT Week April 22, 1991.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1990). Certification in Administration and Interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4,7.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1990). Report of an occupational therapy evaluation of sensory integration and praxis.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4, 7.

Stallings-Sahler, S.A. (1983). Re-standardization of the Southern California Sensory Integration Tests. CSSID Newsletter, Fall.

 

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