Carol Taylor is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in Special Education and completed her graduate work at Texas Woman’s University in occupational therapy. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a special educator in the Texas public school system where she worked in a variety of settings: self contained, learning lab, and inclusion.
Building upon her experience as a special needs educator, Ms. Taylor became a private educational consultant to families and schools and an advocate for children. In 2001, she founded PlayWorks Pediatric Therapy, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia and has served children and their families in surrounding counties.
She has been a guest lecturer at both local and national conventions as well as graduate level courses at local universities. She was a provider to both the Babies Can’t Wait and the Georgia Medicaid systems and has consulted directly with the Georgia Medicaid Care Foundation. She was the lead occupational therapist at the Lionheart School in Alpharetta, GA, and the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. She served as the OT consultant for the Therapeutic Intervention Program at the Elaine Clark Center. She continues to consult at many Atlanta area private and public schools, child development centers, and preschools. She is currently the clinical director for PlayWorks.
As a pediatric occupational therapist, her areas of expertise include Sensory Integration (SI) and the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), handwriting / cursive / visual-motor development, ocular motor and visual perceptual development, Samonas Sound Therapy, and Therapeutic Listening. She is also extensively trained in Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime / DIR model.
She has extensive experience in working with teachers and school staff to incorporate sensorimotor activities in the classroom to facilitate learning as well as play development. Ms. Taylor applies a team-based approach to working with families and meeting children’s sensorimotor needs through play.
Outside the clinic and school settings, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Amanda Vinson, MPT, PCS, CIMI®
Amanda Vinson MPT, PCS, CIMI®, received her Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2000, Ms. Vinson moved to Georgia from Florida and has been working in the area of pediatrics in Atlanta since then and is the founder and owner of Theraplay Pediatric Services, Inc. She is a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor. Ms. Vinson is also a trainer for Georgia's Better Brains for Babies education initiative on infant and child brain development.
Ms. Vinson’s experience includes working with children from birth to 21 years of age in their home, school/daycare, private clinic, and hospital settings. She also does evaluations for Babies Can't Wait in Fulton and Dekalb Counties. Ms. Vinson has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including; prematurity, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, sensory integration disorder, juvenile arthritis and more.
Ms. Vinson volunteers with the Atlanta chapter of the Arthritis Association being a part of their Juvenile Arthritis Counsel. Ms. Vinson was the Chair for the 2006 American Juvenile Arthritis Organization National Conference. She has been a guest lecturer at both local and national conventions as well as graduate level courses at local universities. She is currently serving as the PT consultant for the Therapeutic Intervention Program at the Elaine Clark Center.
She has enhanced her education and practice through courses on neurodevelopmental treatment, sensory integration, Ther-A-Togs, Floortime/DIR, aquatics, and infant massage. Ms. Vinson's focus on therapeutic activities strives to be child oriented while incorporating the family. She also offers classes in a group or individual setting for infant massage instruction and tummy time developmental activities.
Affiliated AssociationsAmerican Physical Therapy Association (APTA)Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG)APTA Section on Pediatrics International Loving Touch Foundation (ILTF)Arthritis Foundation of Georgia Better Brains For Babies
During her free time, Ms. Vinson enjoys reading, swimming, cooking and spending time with her husband, two boys, dog and cat!