Therapeutic Rock Climbing (TRC)


Karina Salenger, MS OTR/L, TRCI,

Karina began rock climbing outdoors in the early 1990s. She is an early adopter, innovator and leader in the field of Therapeutic Rock Climbing. Karina teaches rock-climbing staff at Climbing Gyms, as well as allied health professionals, educators and parents techniques for working with neurologically diverse individuals in the sport and therapeutic modality of rock climbing. Karina specializes in working with children diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder.   

Therapeutic Rock Climbing Services

Your Child Will Climb to New Heights!

Our inclusive therapeutic rock climbing program promotes the development of: 

  • Sensory Integration
  • Sustained attention
  • Social-emotional skills
  • Safety awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-confidence
  • Motor planning
  • Core & hand strength
  • Coordination & timing
  • Communication
  • Community Integration

"I never in a million years could have imagined how much he would like this, 

or that he would be so good at it! Climbing has really helped his confidence and we are watching him mature in so many ways. 

-Proud Dad


Therapeutic Rock Climbing Trainings


TRC Facilitator

The facilitator training is designed primarily for licensed and practicing occupational therapists, speech therapists, psychologists, recreational therapists, and special educators. The course is geared towards learning how to provide evidenced based practices in the context of rock climbing. 


This course emphasizes therapeutic principals and strategies as they relate to each of the allied health professions, as well as safety and rock climbing basics, and a review of relevant federal the laws governing inclusion and accessibility. Goal writing and billing are also addressed. Trainees will have the opportunity to experience rock climbing on a 25 foot wall during this training.

After completion of this course, licensed Allied Health Professionals will be prepared to work along side rock-climbing instructors and/or work in consultation with rock climbing facilities staff and management. TRC Facilitators increase participation, community-integration, inclusion, and accessibility for neurologically diverse individuals and communities, and advocate for rock climbing as a therapeutic modality. 

A certificate if attendance will be issued on completion. 

TRC Instructor

The Instructor course is designed for experienced rock-climbers (hobbyists, professionals, instructors, and guides), who work with, or would like to work with neurologically diverse individuals in the sport of rock climbing. 

The course is geared towards learning how to work with neurologically different individuals. It explores therapeutic aspects of rock climbing, specific interventions to improve outcomes, common strategies to increase engagement and success in neurodiverse climbers, as well as disability awareness and sensitivity training.  

A certificate of attendance will be issued on completion.  

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Los Gatos, California 95030, United States

(408) 766-4080