About Dr. Susanne Smith Roley

Dr. Susanne Roley is an occupational therapist who specializes in child development, sensory integration, learning difficulties, visual impairment, and autism. With over 40 years of experience in pediatrics, she works in private practice in Orange County, California, where she helps children and families through evaluation and consultation services. She is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization, Collaborative for Leadership in Sensory Integration (CLASI), which provides education programs for sensory integration certificates.

She obtained her BS in occupational therapy at Indiana University, her MS in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University, and her doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) at the University of Southern California. She studied directly under Dr. A. Jean Ayres, a renowned psychologist, therapist, and advocate for children with special needs.

Dr. Roley also co-founded and directed the University of Southern California’s USC/WPS sensory integration certificate program for 14 years. Working closely with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), she is a former chair of the Commission on Practice and the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section for AOTA, as a contributing author of AOTA’s “Occupational Therapy Practice Framework Domain and Process”. She is also an internationally recognized lecturer and author, being a co-editor of the books, “Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations” and “Sensory Integration: Applying Clinical Reasoning to Diverse Populations”. She is a recipient of the AOTF Virginia Scardina Award of Excellence and AOTF Jean Ayres Award.

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  • Assessments and data collection
  • Education and research opportunities in sensory education
  • Comprehensive testing of sensory integration and praxis