About Ray Lora
Ray Lora graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rockhurst University. He began his career by serving youth, ages 12-18 within a residential facility at Kaw Valley Center and later accepted a management position serving adults with developmental disabilities at Nova Center, Inc.
Ray continued his service-oriented career within the Head Start Program for 5 years, specializing in coordinating services for children with special needs, ages 3-5; aligning with the Head Start Performance Standards and Individual with Disabilities Education Act. Thereafter, he accepted early intervention positions at the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and LaunchAbility Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Program. He served as a bilingual, skilled early intervention specialist and service coordinator for 3 years.
The wealth of experiences with Head Start, DISD, LaunchAbility ECI, and Babies Can't Wait Early Intervention Program of Georgia paved Ray's path to the occupational therapy profession.
Ray earned a Master of Occupational Therapy from Tennessee State University. Thereafter, Ray earned occupational therapy licensure to practice in the State of Georgia and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Ray resides in the Atlanta area and currently provides skilled occupational therapy services to children, ages birth to 5 and their families. Apart from his profession, he enjoys learning about finance, nutritional science, engaging with nature, travel, holistic health, and wellness.
Occupational Therapy In Early Intervention
The role of a skilled occupational therapist in early intervention is to facilitate and develop the independent functioning of infants and toddlers, through daily routines within their natural environments. Occupational therapists provide ongoing support, education, and coaching to caregivers and parents. Occupational therapists often collaborate and serve with other early intervention professionals within a multidisciplinary team.
Skill acquisition, skill refinement, mastery of developmental milestones and functional independence in young children is achieved through initial evaluation, ongoing assessment and research-based / best practice intervention efforts, within the following developmental areas:
1. Gross and Fine Motor Skills (including sensorimotor)
2. Sensory Integration
3. Adaptive Skills / Activities of Daily Living
4. Social-Emotional Behaviors and Skills
5. Functional Cognition and Communication