The American Health Council Appoints Mrs. Christine Chambers to the Occupational Therapy Board

Mrs. Christine Chambers has been cordially invited onto the Occupational Therapy Board by the American Health Council in recognition of her outstanding achievements and dedication to helping children through her role as an occupational therapist, a position she has held for the past 27 years, in addition to owning her own practice, Abilities First LLC.

Before embarking on her successful career, Mrs. Chambers began her education studying Occupational Therapy at Mount Mary College, graduating with her BS in 1991. A few years later, she embarked on studies for an additional qualification in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Early Intervention at Cleveland State University, receiving her MEd in 1997.

With an extensive background as an occupational therapist, Mrs. Chambers has successfully upheld roles at the Cuyahoga County Board of MR/DDD from 1994-2007 focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental delays and sensory integration dysfunction, the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities from 1991-1997 and the Cleveland Clinic Inpatient Hospital OT, working with adults and children from 1992-1994.

Mrs. Chambers has spent 11 years in her current role of Registered Occupational Therapist and owner of her Company Abilities First, LLC. Abilities First LLC’s mission is to assist infants, toddlers, adolescents and teenagers in reaching their full potential so that they can be successful, confident and independent during self-care, play/recreation activities and learning/work times at home and in the community. Abilities First LLC specializes in services including feeding, managing meltdowns, motor planning, pre-writing, self-care/dressing/grooming, sensory processing, visual motor/visual perceptual skills, writing skills, Kinesio Taping, therapeutic yoga, Brain Gym, Balavisx, and Therapeutic Listening.

Mrs. Chambers has always had a strong desire to work in pediatrics, displaying a true passion for helping children. Occupational therapy gave her the opportunity to spend more time directly working with children, focusing on areas such as gaining functional independence whilst also giving her the ability to spend time helping families learn strategies to help their children be successful.

Mrs. Chambers attributes her success to her passion for working with and helping children alongside her perseverance, with an aim to make sure that no child ‘falls through the cracks’ due to insurance issues or after aging out of early intervention services. The success of her practice also lies with her ability to connect with and work alongside others who have private practices and social networking.

With extensive expertise in pediatrics, daily responsibilities of her role will see Mrs. Chambers work to maximize independent function and enhancing development, working with children who have sensory processing issues, fine motor deficits and feeding concerns. Also, her work involves helping children with a variety of diagnoses such as Down’s syndrome, autism, PDD, ADD, failure to thrive, FAS, prematurity and cerebral palsy. As part of her role, Mrs. Chambers also collaborates with two private practice speech pathologist practices in her area, where she holds responsibility for coordinating services.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Chambers has been invited to present to parents and teachers in her community on a range of topics including feeding issues, managing meltdowns, fine motor issues, how to help students get organized for homework/school tasks and executive function. Mrs. Chambers has also had the opportunity to teach a class on sensory integration at Cleveland State University. Mrs. Chambers also coordinates a study group within Abilities First, LLC where staff can share and grow in their knowledge of a variety of treatment strategies.

Ensuring she continues to expand her understanding and knowledge, Mrs. Chambers is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association.

Looking into the future, Mrs. Chambers aspires to continue expanding services to reach more children and families in her community. She also retains the long-term aim of moving to a location that would allow more collaboration with other disciplines, such as SLP, PT, Chiropractic, and Psychology in order to help families have access to multiple services in one convenient location.

Outside of work, Mrs. Chambers also dedicates her time to the Connecting Kids non-profit, where she serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Christine Chambers

OTR/L, M.Ed

Owner and Pediatric Occupational Therapist at Abilities First, LLC 

  • Abilities First, LLC provides Occupational Therapy evaluations and treatment for infants, toddlers, adolescents and teenagers with emphasis on maximizing independent function and enhancing development.

Sources: http://www.abilities1st.com/