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Donna Shank
Owner/Director, M.A.


Since my son’s diagnosis of autism and other related disorders over eight years ago, it has been my dream to create a caring place where families can obtain practical and collaborative therapies in one location. Since 2005, I have recruited, trained and supervised many students and professional therapists for my son's home program. Four years after my youngest son’s autism diagnosis, my older son was diagnosed with leukemia – he is now five-years in remission. I was inspired by his treatment which embraced treating the WHOLE person and integrating family support. My greatest wish is to help families create a road map and become their own experts about their child’s potential. I know first-hand the struggles that parents face, and at Wings to Fly we will harness every possible motivation through the use of effective, therapeutic approaches, tailored to meet your child’s unique needs. My past education and additional trainings include:

  • B.A. in Child Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • M.A. in International Public Administration, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California
  • Master of Science Student at Shenandoah University in Occupational Therapy
  • Board Member, Autism Society of America-Northern Virginia
  • Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), Certificate of Completion Introductory Course
  • Northern Virginia Autism Project for Autism Insurance Reform
  • Medicaid Facilitator, Moms in Motion
  • Creator of Northern Virginia Special Education Co-Op
  • Virginia Partners In Policymaking Graduate
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior Workshops
  • Son-Rise Engagement, The Autism Treatment Center of America
  • P.L.A.Y. Project Training
  • The Listening Program, Certified Provider (Advanced Brain Technologies)
  • R.E.I. Listening Program
  • Floortime Webinars
  • RDI (Relationship Development Intervention) Webinars
  • MNRI (Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration)
  • Volunteer for Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding
  • Member of POAC-NoVA, Parents of Autistic Children - Northern VA
  • C.A.S.A. Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer for Foster Children
  • Spanish (Conversational)

  • Professional Organizations:
  • Student Member - American Occupational Therapy Association

  • CONTACT ME: donna@wingstoflytherapy.com