Discipline

Occupational Therapist

Tell us a little about your approach to early intervention:

I believe collaboration and close communication with parents and caregivers is crucial to providing the best services in early intervention. Learning from, educating, and empowering these individuals is something I am passionate about. Working closely with other disciplines and support teams such as speech language pathologists, educators, physical therapists, and family resource coordinators is important to provide consistent care that is client-centered and carries over into the child’s everyday life.

What qualifications and trainings do you have?

  • B.A. in Psychology from The University of Puget Sound
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy from The University of Puget Sound
  • Washington State Licensed Occupational Therapist
  • National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Member of the American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Member of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association

Are there areas of practice that you specialize in?

I enjoy working in all areas of early intervention. I have experience with children aged birth to 15 years old with a variety of medical disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and genetic disorders. I have also worked with children that have general delays in the areas of vision and hearing, sensory processing, feeding, and social-emotional regulation.  Additionally, I have experience with providing playful exposure to food to reduce anxiety and increase nutritional intake in children with feeding concerns and participation in a Constraint Induced Movement Therapy camp and therapeutic recreation environment. My thesis work consisted of measuring teachers’ perceptions of a self-regulation tool that utilized sensory strategies to help children learn in the classroom environment.