Charlene Young, OTR/L, CEAS, has specialized in pediatric disorders, program development, and rehabilitation management for more than 20 years. An active leader in the occupational therapy profession, she has served as President and Eastern Kentucky Director of the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA), where she provided legislative advocacy at the state and national level in efforts to increase support for developmental medicine. Currently, she is the CEO of a non-profit foundation that works to decrease developmental delays by improving educational materials. In addition, she owns Functional Abilities, LLC, which provides consultations worldwide, educational publications, and both private and public instructional seminars.


She is well recognized in the United States for her expertise in child development, sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD, bipolar, and dementia. Her extensive list of honors includes being selected as the recipient of the “Best Practice” status for school-based therapy by Advance Magazine.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Charlene Young is the owner of Functional Abilities, LLC.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.    

Non-financial: Charlene Young has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.