Clay White, LLC is made up many Master's level professionals dedicated to providing additional therapeutic services to children already receiving Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or Special Education services. We work with children with learning disabilities and dyslexia as well as those with Asperger's and autism. We have an in-depth understanding of developmental issues and how they relate to socialization, group awareness, and self-esteem.
Clay White, M.Ed.
For over 30 years, Clay has worked with children with sensory processing and motor coordination issues in a wide variety of public and private institutions. He has received state-wide as well as national awards for his work with hundreds of children in Atlanta every year. He has developed life-long friendships with scores of professional colleagues over the years, many of whom are directly involved with the PEOTSI DAY CAMP.
Dyed in the wool TARHEEL.
Amity Stevens, M.S., OTR/L
Amity hiked with Outdoor Sensory Adventures for 3 years before joining the Social Club
staff several years ago, where she is now a group leader. She was also a Super Saturday group leader for 3 years before
becoming the lead OT at camp. Amity started as the Red Group leader when camp began four
years ago and now she leads Red Group, Gold Group, and Platinum Group! She is the leader of
our Weekend Warriors program. She is also in charge of overnight experiences for our PEOTSI Day Camp. Amity
Children in Motion
pediatric Occupational Therapist (www.childreninmotion.com), and works with several pre-schools and private schools proving therapy. Her inspiration for becoming an OT stems from having a younger sister with special needs and her love for working with children.
KSU and Brenau grad. Boomer Sooner and Go Gators!
Stephanie Young, M.S.,OTR/L
Steph did her master's thesis on the effectiveness of the Outdoor Sensory Adventures program while hiking with us 4 years. In her spare time she builds sensory playgrounds for Ukranian orphanages (no kidding). Stephanie Young will run bicycling and the Engine Club. During the school year, Steph is an OT at
Atlanta Speech School.
Diehard Bulldog fan.
Brian Ivey, B.A.
Brian has worked with Clay White, LLC for eighteen years, he helps run the PEOTSI Sports Program, and currently
teaches at the
High Meadows School.
That experience comes in handy when taking
kids on a day trip. Whether it’s tubing down the river in Helen, zip lining
across the lake at Camp Calvin, or playing with rabbits and pigs at Morning Glory Farm,
Brian makes sure everyone has fun and gets back on time. With three kids of his own,
Brian has an invaluable perspective when it comes to balancing excitement with
Kennesaw State Owls.
Ryan Mitchell, B.S., OTR/L, SIPT
developed a love of
the outdoors and outdoor adventures as a teenager while
earning his Eagle Scout Award. He continues to volunteer
in the scouting program and participates in hikes, camping
trips, and most recently swimming with the manatees in
Florida. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
He combines his love of Karate and children with special
needs in a
special needs karate program
(www.wcakarate.com). He has run the program for the past
8 years and has seen many gain confidence and accomplish
goals that were previously thought to be unreachable. Ryan
is currently an occupational therapist for Gwinnett County
Public Schools. Ryan received his degree through the
Medical College of Georgia and is a die-hard Atlanta
UT Volunteer fan.
Desiree' Thomas, M.Ed.
Desiree’ is a DeKalb County elementary school teacher
with eleven years of classroom experience. She has
spent a large portion of her career teaching inclusive
education. She earned her degrees from Saint Leo
University and Kennesaw State University. Her love for
performing and being on stage began at birth! She
started taking improv classes and fell in love with
it. Through her classes she became involved with
Shenanigans, an applied arts and theatre program for
children with autism. Desiree’ is inspired by what
improvisational acting can do to benefit all
children. She brings years of experience, patience, a
love for children, and lots of energy!
Holly Ritland, OTR/L Holly has been with Clay White for 4 years working in the past as a lead OT for summer camp as well as the PEOTSI Sports Program. She continues her work with Clay doing weekend social club and outdoor sensory adventures. She completed her masters thesis on children participating in hippotherapy which combines sensory integration on horseback. As well as continuing to build on her pediatric experience, she works with young adults and adults as an OT at a long term acute care hospital in Atlanta
Jenny Welty-Green, Ed.S, ATR-BC began her career as an art therapist working with Clay in residential treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals almost three decades ago. She holds certifications in art therapy, art and special education. She now primarily works with students with Emotional and behavioral challenges as well as autism through the GNETS special education program at South Metro. Her side gigs include working with Clay’s PEOTSI program (yes, she’s managed to tolerate Clay for 30 years…) as well as CHOA at Egleston, Piedmont-Fayette Cancer Wellness Center and bereavement work through Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Since she’s a graduate of U of L, a casual Cardinal’s fan she is.
Beth Hampshire, NMT, MT-BC
has done music therapy for twelve years. She owns and operates
Therapy Services of Atlanta
which specializes in autism and other neurological
conditions. Beth has provided MT groups for the
Emory Autism Center
, as well as
numerous schools and hospitals around Atlanta. Beth is a graduate of Eastern
Michigan U. and is currently working on an advanced degree through Colorado
Nancy Noel, B.A. Every organization needs an IT person and Nancy is ours. Nancy has dragged Clay White, LLC into the twenty first century; kicking and screamming the entire way. Every email or computer - generated bit of information that comes from our office has Nancy to thank for its existance.
Gayle White, M.Ed.
serves as "Fruitie Tootie",our fruit lady during the afternoon fruit break. With eleven years of special education teaching experience in Fulton County, Gayle is eminantly qualified to slice watermelon, hand out oranges, and determine who has eaten too many grapes. In her spare time, she serves as Clay's wife.
Emory University Eagles.
Keland Scher M.S., OTR/L. Keland worked with circus arts for kids for seven years before going to occupational therapy school. His graduate work lead him to incorporate both his professional clown experience (he's a certified clown, yes, there is such a thing) and circus arts skill into his work with children receiving OT. His clients work on balance by walking on stilts or standing on a circus ball. Hand-eye coordination and motor planning can improve with juggling exercises, etc. Keland is an important part of our camp program as well as Social Club. His full time gig is with the PlayMatters OT clinic in Sandy Springs/Buckhead.
Carol has been somewhat successful in keeping Clay White, LLC organized for
over a decade. It is a monumental task, but Carol is always taking care of
details, large or small. She ran the front desk at The Schenck School for
years, but now enjoys semi retirement, which includes getting to know many of
the kids and parents in our program. She's like the grandmother everyone should
have. Most importantly, Carol collects money for most of our programs. Don't
mess with Carol.
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