Melissa M Porcaro

Owner, BS, OTR/L, SIPT

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Melissa Porcaro is a 1990 graduate of The Houston Medical Center branch of Texas Woman’s University’s Occupational Therapy program. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certified, two-time pediatric practice business owner, and a mom of three amazing young adults. She has over 35 years’ experience in the field of Occupational Therapy working with children and families addressing developmental delays and behavioral challenges. She is the Founder/CEO at CAN Do Kids Pediatric Practice in Richland, Washington. The name and logo are in honor of her children Clayton, Anthony, and Nicole for whom she appreciates for teaching her so much in life. Clayton and Nicole attend the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York and Anthony is a graduate of Washington State University who currently is working in medical device sales in Connecticut. The therapy practice has evolved from addressing primarily developmental delays to addressing behavioral and learning challenges associated with media and screen addiction. The increased time spent in front of a screen is preventing the development of higher-level skills and causing more orthopedic and neurological damage in young children. As a mom, she has experienced firsthand the negative behaviors associated with technology addiction and its impact on the developing brain. Melissa is currently involved with Melanie Hempe at Screen Strong where the goal is to help parents and children become more educated in this area. She is also involved with Sheep-Dog training; which is a Faith-Based Security training for churches and schools to address the increasing violence that has been linked to violent video gaming.