THERAPY THAT FEELS GOOD
I have been working for 27 years in pediatrics as an occupational therapist. and absolutely love this job. I am married and we have four children.
I started in child psychiatry and realized there was more neurologically going on with the kids that I wanted to understand. This led me to more intensive studies of sensory integration and related disorders.
Working in the neonatal intensive care, in-patient care, out-patient care, and in the rehabilitation unit at a large pediatric hospital in Atlanta, allowed me to experience and learn from a vast range of diagnosis and to meet some pretty incredible kids and families. I have also served children many years through early intervention and the schools in Georgia and Oregon.
My specialized training includes Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification and advanced certification in Therapeutic Listening. Special interests include working with ocular/visual/auditory issues and autism.
I am training to be a core specialist Trainer in the Svetlana Masgutova’s reflex Integration MNRI method. I am also a NIS Neural Integration Provider and have been attending the yearly Masters Course to stay updated.
I like to frequently attend conferences to be innovative and to use evidence based techniques. It is important for me to treat from the heart and to bring hope, healing, and success to each child’s individual needs.
My interests are playing with and enjoying my kids, family outings and activities, church activities, gardening, taking movies and pictures, chocolate, miniatures, sewing, crafts, inventing, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Approaches May Include:
Handwriting programs-a variety
Brain Gym – “Brain Gym Balance”
Splinting and Casting
Yoga for the special child
Ocular motor exercises
Orthotics- Measure, fit, and refer
Visual motor integration
“SOS” approach to feeding
Beckman Oral-Motor Approach
NIS Neurological Integration System
Variety of Behavioral supports
Zones of Regulation
MNRI Svetlana Masgutova’s Neuro-Reflex Integration