Northeast District

Counties: Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, Trumbull alt

District Chair:  Julie Mirabell, MS, OT/L


Upcoming Events


 Let Me Play the TimberNook Way!
The Therapeutic Benefits of Outdoor Play

Brenda Richards, OTR/L
The Center for LifeSkills, Co-Owner
TimberNook of Greater Cleveland – Rome, Director

When:             March 28, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM 
Where:            Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital, Boardroom
What:              During this Northeast District OOTA presentation, participants will learn about the exciting TimberNook program, as well as be able to:

  • Identify and understand the decline of play
  • Understand the therapeutic ramifications of the decline of play
  • Understand the health and mental health benefits of nature
  • Encourage and inspire children to engage in nature play

Cost:               Members --Free    Non-members-- $20.00               

CEUs:             2.0 contact hours. To receive the contact hours, you must be present for the entire  program

Brenda S. Richards, OTR/L, received her Bachelors of Science degree from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethown, PA, and is a registered (certified) and licensed occupational therapist. She has worked in a variety of settings, including school based practices and private practices.

In 2002, Brenda founded The Center for LifeSkills and has since developed the practice to include 3 locations that provide Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Therapy services to children with a variety of diagnoses. In her desire to provide health and wellness services to all children, Brenda became a licensed provider for TimberNook in 2014. This opportunity perfectly blends her experience as an occupational therapist and her love of nature.