Joanne Kliss, M. Ed, OTR/L Pediatric Occupational Therapist

My Name is Miss Joanne, and I have been an Occupational Therapist for 36 years. I have spent 20 years with the CAIU. I love working with children and have multiple experiences and education with children with special needs. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis in 1978, and my Master’s Degree in Education/ Special Education at Shippensburg University in 2007.

I am married and have three children (all grown up), one dog and two cats. I enjoy gardening, canning food, crafts, reading and being a beach bum.

I have many experiences working with children in all difficulties and walks in life. I believe that Occupational Therapy should be fun for the child so that they will participate with me and together accomplish the skills they need necessary for successful educational programming. I believe every child is successful no matter the size of the step. I look forward to working with all families and can be available by phone(717-732-8400x8323) and email( I also have lots of activities for you to do at home. Lets enjoy our time together and be filled with fun, success and love.

Here are some of my professional accomplishments:

2010-2013 Master Program Guest Lecturer, Elizabethtown College Occupational Therapy, Department of Pediatric Feeding
Kliss, J. (2006). Understanding Preschool Feeding: Sensory and Behavioral Approaches. Capital Area Association for the
Education of Young Children 2006 Conference.

Kliss, J. (2005). A Sensory Oral Approach to Feeding.Capital Area Intermediate Unit In-Service.

Kliss, J. (1999). Fine Motor and Sensory Motor Development. Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Parent In-Service.

Kliss, J. (1998). Understanding Oral Motor Development: Function, position, assessment techniques, food type and analysis and nutrition.
Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Training Session.

Kliss, J. (2002). Poster Presenter at the Contemporary Practices in Early Intervention: An Institute for Pediatric Therapists, Carlisle, PA.
Kliss, J. (1998). Community Resources for Care of Special Needs Children. Seventh annual Woman, Infant and Child Healthcare Conference,
University of Pittsburgh at Jonestown, PA.

Kliss, J. (2006).Teaching Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder: A Preschool Teacher Survey toDetermine Best Practice Approach. American Academy of Special Education Professionals.

Kliss, J. (2003). Using Evidence-based Strategies to Solve a Question: A Student with Sensory Defensiveness. School System Quarterly, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 1-4.