Sanam Manafi, MS OTR/L
Sanam graduated from University of Maryland with a BS in Kinesiology in 2012. She stumbled upon the field of Occupational Therapy by accident, as she was preparing to apply to dental school; however, after spending one summer volunteering in a pediatric sensory clinic in New York City, she knew that OT was her calling. She switched gears and earned her MS in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University.
Sanam has deep experience in educational settings, most recently as occupational therapist and therapeutic listening coordinator at Elizabeth Seton’s Children’s School. She has worked in pediatric rehabilitation, providing occupational therapy for patients from birth to age 21 with diagnoses including Autism, Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. She is passionate about making therapy fun and play-based, and working with each child’s strengths and skills, as she believes children’s potential derives from their strengths, and not defined by their diagnoses.
Sanam is a voracious learner, dedicated to ongoing professional development and continuing education. She has earned multiple certifications including Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Motor Play, Neurodevelopmental Techniques (NDT), Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, among many others.
Outside of work, Sanam enjoys spending summer weekends at Lake George swimming and engaging in other water activities. She also loves spending time with friends and family, painting, learning to cook new foods and cuisines, traveling to new countries, and binge watching TV shows!