Who is Dr. Lisa Marnell?

Hello! I am an occupational therapist with 20 years of experience. I completed my doctorate at Boston University (BU) where I studied executive function in autism. Now, I am on the faculty at BU and serve on the Board of Directors at the STAR Institute in Denver.

I am diagnosed autistic myself.

 

My goal is to incorporate meaning, joy, and agency into the lives of autistic children. I believe that autism is not a disorder, but rather a different neurology, with its own strengths and challenges. This is also called strengths-based or neurodiversity-affirming practice.

 

When I am not teaching, creating courses or working with kids, you will likely find me hiking with Luna, my precious husky rescue dog. I look forward to meeting you!

What are Your Options?

OPTION #1:

Parent Coaching

or

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The aim of parent coaching with occupational therapist, Dr. Lisa Marnell, is to help you discover the tools, knowledge, and proactive approaches you need to find confidence and success in parenting your autistic child.
 

Autism represents a different neurology, so supports for autistic kids must honor their unique traits. Coaching sessions with Dr. Marnell will consist of discussion, problem solving, and some explicit instruction about autistic neurology. Sessions will work toward identifying supports your child needs and developing your child’s strengths, autonomy, self-confidence, and joy in the day to day. 

Sign up below for a FREE 20-minute consultation with Dr. Lisa Marnell. You will have the opportunity to discuss your autistic child's strengths, their passions, their challenges, and to get started working with Lisa in supporting your child and your family and to find balance in your lives.

Please see the Parent Coaching Packages below!

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At Kids Master Skills, OT services will help your child develop skills, confidence, and to live happily and autonomously with a sense of agency in the world. Dr. Marnell's approach consists of both direct intervention  and parent education. 

In initial sessions, Lisa Marnell applies her 20 years of experience to carefully assess a child's sensory processing and then works with parents to proactively apply this knowledge in the child's daily life. This helps children emotionally regulate. OT work will then address a variety of challenges a child faces, whether motor skills, executive function, meltdowns, coping with unexpected change, feeding, or daily living skills, while simultaneously embracing a child's strengths, interests, and passions to build kids' confidence and abilities.

Dr. Marnell, offers virtual OT throughout the state of California and in-person services in the Thousand Oaks area.

Please see the OT Services Packages below!

OPTION #2:

Concierge OT Services

Parent Coaching Packages:

Consider Monthly Coaching

What do coaching sessions entail?

  • Discussion of strengths and challenges

(15 minutes approx)

  • Explicit teaching from Dr. Marnell

(15 minutes approx)

  • Brainstorming, problem solving, planning

(15 minutes)

 

  • Goal determination

(10 minutes)

 

  • Identify objectives for next session

(5 minutes)

Following each session, Dr. Marnell will e-mail parents a "Parent Coaching Session Summary" 

$75 for a monthly coaching session
(60 min)

Try Coaching Every Two Weeks

What do coaching sessions entail?

  • Discussion of strengths and challenges

(10 minutes approx)

  • Explicit teaching from Dr. Marnell

(10 minutes approx)

  • Brainstorming, problem solving, planning

(15 minutes)

 

  • Goal determination

(5 minutes)

 

  • Identify objectives for next session

(5 minutes)

Following each session, Dr. Marnell will e-mail parents a "Parent Coaching Session Summary" 

$60 for twice a month coaching sessions
(45 min)

Concierge OT Services in California:

  • Strengths, Interests, and Goals

  • Sensory Processing

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Motor Abilities & Motor Planning

  • Executive Function

  • Daily Living Skills

  • Feeding (if a concern)

In order to initiate OT services, Dr. Marnell must complete a comprehensive OT evaluation that assesses the following factors within the child's occupational profile:

$375 per comprehensive OT evaluation

STARTER PACK
$175

This simple OT package is perfect for families who are new to the idea of OT at home. The following is included:

  • One 50-minute in-person or virtual OT session

  • One 45-minute virtual parent coaching session

  • Available texting/phone access to Dr. Marnell

      (48-hour response time)

  • One FREE Kids Master Skills printable resources from Dr. Lisa's TPT store

Following each session, Dr. Marnell will e-mail an "OT Session Summary" with skills updates, homework, and carryover suggestions.

STANDARD PACK
$ 450

SAVINGS PACK
$ 825

This is for families who are excited to commit to predictable OT in their child's life. The following is included:

  • Four 50-minute in-person or virtual OT sessions

  • Two virtual 45-minute parent coaching sessions

 

  • Available texting/phone access with Dr. Marnell

      (36-hour response time)

  • Two FREE Kids Master Skills printable resources from Dr. Lisa's TPT store

Following each session, Dr. Marnell will e-mail an "OT Session Summary" with skills updates, homework, and carryover suggestions.

Families excited to work with Dr. Marnell can save with this package, which includes the following:

  • Eight 50-minute in-person or virtual OT session

  • Four virtual 45-minute parent coaching session

 

  • Available texting/phone access with Dr. Marnell

      (24-hour response time)

  • Four FREE Kids Master Skills printable resources from Dr. Lisa's TPT store

Following each session, Dr. Marnell will e-mail an "OT Session Summary" with skills updates, homework, and carryover suggestions

Call Dr. Lisa Marnell at 617-694-6902
               or               
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