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Barrie G. Galvin is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist.  Special Certifications and advanced training include: Sensory Integration and Sensory Modulation Disorders, Myofascial Release, Infant Massage, Oral Motor and Feeding Disorders, Listening Intervention Protocols, Interactive Metronome, and Floortime (DIR) ®.

About Barrie….

Barrie was the first occupational therapist in Ohio to establish a pediatric private practice and was instrumental in starting the occupational therapy programs at Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College.

Experienced leadership:

Barrie served as served as Interim Director and Clinical Coordinator for the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University, 1983-1985; President of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, 1985-1989.

Employment experience: 1965-1967, Cleveland State Hospital Federally Funded Daycare Project; began private practice in 1967, initiated and/or expanded occupational therapy programs in multiple school systems.

Barrie was selected in 2011, to serve on the Ohio Special Needs Committee of the Early Childhood Advisory Council to assist in Ohio’s next phase of work to support the comprehensive development of young children and currently serves on the Board of Friendship Circle and is president of SIERF (Sensory Integration Education and Resource Center for Families).

 Professional Awards include:

CDOTA, 1996, lifetime achievement award for extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Occupational Therapy in the State of Ohio

OOTA, Award of Merit, 1990, for outstanding leadership and distinguished contributions to the development and practice of occupational therapy in the State of Ohio.

Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy Program, In Recognition and Appreciation of Leadership as Interim Director, 1983-1985.

Cuyahoga Community College. Award of Appreciation in recognition of services performed 1992 and 1996

Cleveland State University Occupational Therapy Program Annual Award of Distinction to Barrie Galvin and Associates, 2001

The Ohio State University 04/2014, Occupational Therapy Department Distinguished Alumnus Award

Invited Lecturer:

  • Avanti Summit, Advanced Therapist Review & Presentations, Michigan
  • National ATTACh Conference on Attachment and Bonding, Pittsburg
  • Ohio State University College of Optometry, Children’s Learning Forum
  • Showcase of Services for Children w/ Autism Spectrum Disorders –Cuyahoga Cty Special Services Ctr.
  • Merging Methods – Greater Akron Autism Society
  • Sensory Processing Disorders & Social Skills Development – University Hospitals Hanna Pavilion – psychiatric residents
  • Autism and PDD - University Hospitals Hanna Pavilion and Akron Autism Society
  • Interactive Metronome – The Galvin Education & Resource Center, OOTA and Stark County MRDD
  • What is OT?  - Learning Disabilities Association of Cleveland
  • Developing Hand Function, Multiple Private School Presentations
  • Therapeutic Listening, Akron Ohio, Orange School Parent Group
  • Auditory Training - Cuyahoga Special Education Service Center
  • ABC’s of Writing Social Scripts - Galvin Education & Resource Center for Families
  • Sensory Processing Disorders in School and Home: Bridging the Gap. A conference designed to improve understanding of the medical, behavioral, social, sensory and educational issues related to ASD - Deepwood Foundation and Lakeland Community College.
  • Practical Strategies for Young Children with ASD - Cuyahoga County BD of MRDD
  • Sensory Defensiveness Roadblocks to Function
  • Helping Your Child Master Their Environment - Laurel School
  • Handwriting: What to do and What Not to do - Ohio State Optometry Conference - Children’s Learning Forum
  • Lighting the Match Between Caregiver & Child - Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders - SNAPS of South Euclid, Willoughby Eastlake Parent Support Group
  • Ohio Occupational Association Panel Discussion Leader: Developing state resource guidelines for AOTA pediatric coding.
  • Sensory Systems - Autism Society of Greater Cleveland
  • Tantrums and Meltdowns - Wickliffe Parent Group
  • Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders - Sensory Integration Research Foundation (SIERF),New Orleans
  • Early Childhood Development “Putting the Pieces Together”; Discovery & Wellness Center for Children, University Hospital with Case Medical Center
  • SIERF Representative, Guest on Radio Talk Show, New Orleans, LA    
  • Feeding the Whole Child - University Hospital GI Department


Barrie is the founder and former owner (recently retired) from The Galvin Therapy Center / Barrie G. Galvin, OTR/L & Associates, Ltd. The office is unique in Northeast Ohio and was the first to combine therapy specialists in one setting.  This state-of-the art pediatric therapy private practice, now in two locations in Cleveland suburbs, was established in 1994 following 30 years of continuous therapy services in private practice, schools and mental health facilities.

This clinic provides extensive on-going continuing education for our staff which includes: occupational therapy and speech-language therapists, consultants in clinical and neuropsychology, , music therapy and behavioral optometry. The clinic was also the first to provide children’s social skills programs and a mealtime management program based on SOS, Floortime (DIR) ® and sensory modulation strategies.

This therapy clinic is a fieldwork training site for eight universities and is a rotation site for University Hospital Child Psychiatry Residents.

The theoretical model focuses on applying current science and research to intervention models assisting families and children through psychosocial, developmental therapies, family support and advocacy


Barrie G. Galvin, OTR/L
Founder and Former Owner, Galvin Therapy Center
Currently BGG Therapy Services, LLC

Barrie Galvin
Barrie Gallvin