Susan Vaughan Kratz, OTR, CST-D


With 32 years of Occupational Therapy experience, Sue has extensive background knowledge in the general practice of OT as well as specializing in neurological rehabilitation and pediatrics.

Sue is credentialed with the follow certifications:

  • Sensory Integration (and administration of SIPT)
  • Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) for pediatrics
  • CranioSacral Therapy (advanced practitioner)
  • The Listening Program® from The Advanced Brain Institute, a music-based sound therapy program that has been clinically proven to improve auditory & listening skills.
Sue has experience successfully treating the following conditions:
• Autism
• Head injury
• Learning Disabilities
• Seizure Disorders
• Neurological Disorders
• Sensory Integration & Modulation Dysfunction
• Orthopedic injuries
• Feeding difficulties
• Cerebral Palsy
• Pediatric & Adult Rehabilitation
• Dyspraxia
• Stress and Anxiety Relief
•Chronic Pain

Over 25 years ago, Sue founded Special Therapies, Inc., a private practice group of like-minded therapists who shared the same vision of ‘best-practice’ intervention and the same level of dedication to their clients.  The clinic has grown and evolved over the years.  The group continues to research current and effective ways for their clients and families to overcome their difficulties.
Along with clinical work, Sue has been active in workshop presentations, professional consultations, college teaching, and research.  Sue is a faculty member at the Upledger Institute to teach the ShareCare curriculum and regularly acting as a teaching assistant in training of other professionals.  In addition, Sue is often an invited lecturer or guest author.

Recent Publications:

“CranioSacral Therapy: Helping Improve Brain Function”. The Autism File USA. Issue 33, pp. 106-111. 2009.

“Sensory integration intervention: Historical concepts, treatment strategies and clinical experiences in three patients with succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase (SSADH) deficiency”. Journal of Inherited Metabolic Diseases, 2009.

“Hope Rises Above Tragedy” and “Search for Help Crosses Continents”. Working Wonders: Changing Lives with CranioSacral Therapy. Case Studies from Practitioners of CST. Ed: The Upledger Institute. 2005.