Who I am:
- I have been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years.
- I am the mother of four children.
- I have served children for the last 15 years.
- My approach to treating children is eclectic. I rely on the various strategies and knowledge I have gained over the years to help direct treatment in ways to obtain desired results.
- I work in collaboration with parents, caregivers, daycares, preschools, schools, as well as other health professionals.
My professional background:
- CME Level I certified. This approach offers dynamically challenging exercises that trigger a response in children to automatically recruit specific sets of muscles to achieve the desired goal, be it head control, trunk control, transitions from lying to sitting and sitting to standing. I have found that parents can easily be trained to carry out some of these exercises at home and for some children with low tone it is just the invitation they need to move them along their developmental milestones.
- Kinesiotaping: The use of taping can offer targeted muscle groups the support required or the reminder to work optimally. I have used this approach with children to improve trunk control, hand grip, weakened abdominals, drooling and many others conditions.
- Advanced NDT: The invitation to allow children to experience patterns of movements in order to improve function with breathing, head control, trunk control, and transitions.
- Handwriting Without Tears® is a program that is widely used in Canada and the United States. It is a handwriting curriculum that uses multi-sensory techniques and consistent habits to help students learn pencil grip, posture, letter formation and handwriting from Pre-K through cursive. I have recently obtained the Level I certification certificate.
- From Pencils to Keyboarding; How to develop and use keyboarding to increase a child’s motivation to put their thoughts onto paper. http://www.hwtears.com/kwt
- Feeding challenges: I have been involved in an oral motor clinic at a children’s treatment centre for over 4 years. I have also been involved for over 5 years in a mealtime approach with children who are picky eater either because of sensory issues, oral motor issues or behavioral issues. Courses I have taken to supplement my strategies are the SOS approach, the SOFFI approach, Food chaining and sensory integrative approaches.
- Therapeutic Listening: I have recently obtained certification to provide therapeutic listening to the children I serve. Therapeutic Listening is an evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction,listening, attention and communication.