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Donna Shank
Owner/Director, M.A.

Since my son’s diagnosis of autism and other related disorders in 2005, it has been my dream to create a caring place where families can obtain practical and collaborative therapies in one location. I realized that in order for my child to achieve his potential, I would have to find our OWN SOLUTION that met his unique needs. This led to many years of home programs, collaboration with many therapists, training in many autism interventions. Four years later I was inspired by the treatment my older son received during treatment for leukemia, which embraced treating the WHOLE person and integrating family support. My greatest wish is to help families create THEIR OWN UNIQUE road map and be empowered to maximize 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, evidence AND outcome-based therapeutic approaches, uniquely 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
  • RPM (Rapid Prompting Method) Certified Provider
  • Northern Virginia Autism Project for Autism Insurance Reform with Autism Speaks
  • Medicaid Facilitator, Moms in Motion
  • Creator of Northern Virginia Special Education Co-Op
  • Graduate of Virginia Partners In Policymaking Advocacy Training Program
  • Various trainings in Applied Behavioral Analysis/Verbal Behavior
  • Son-Rise - The Autism Treatment Center of America
  • P.L.A.Y. Project Training
  • Certified Provider, The Listening Program,(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 and Italian (Conversational)

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

  • CONTACT ME: donna@wingstoflytherapy.com