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Chris Zelski
Enrichment Teacher
Chris has been involved in early intervention, therapeutic, and recreational programs for children since 1992. At Walden Early Childhood Programs at Emory University’s Autism Resource Center he served as the classroom coordinator and lead teacher then as resource case manager and research assistant. His roles involved developing and supervising classroom curriculum, evaluating academic and social development of children with autism, developing language and social skills in an integrated classroom setting, one to one instruction and supervising of parents within their home environment and classroom teachers within the school setting. Chris was published and presented for his work on two research projects at the national convention of the Association For Behavioral Analysis in San Francisco in 1996.

Chris held the position of Program Coordinator and Summer Camp Supervisor at Speech Pathology Services. His role was to develop and lead group environments that promoted increased communication and interaction with peers and adults by utilizing Speech based and Sensory Integration approaches. Continued communication, training of staff and developing individual goals for the children enrolled in the program remained a major component of the position. Other position’s Chris has held include Home School Instructor, Floortime player in small group and individual instruction environments, Aquatics Instructor for children with various learning challenges, as well as recreational and social skill therapist for Lionheart School, Hirsch Academy, and Clearwater Academy. Chris was also one of the cofounders of Learning on The Log (LOL); a recreational and social skills program.

In July of 2010 Chris left LOL and founded Outdoor Rec. Adventures (ORA), Inc. to continue to promote productive, community based, supportive and fun programs for children and their families. The mission of ORA is to provide exciting and challenging learning opportunities for children with various developmental conditions including ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome. The program strives to strengthen each child's relationship with the world around them as well as their physical, social and emotional development and health.

Chris shares the belief that each child‘s individual learning style must be respected and honored. He is thrilled to be affiliated with an organization that supports and encourages his passion for helping children develop social and emotional skills through sensory-based recreational activities. He lives in Decatur with his wife and two children.

Chris has been working with the students at The Orion School since it was established in 2006!

 

 

The Orion School is a member of the Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (GAPSEC)  
The State Board of Education has approved The Orion School to participate in the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program  

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