With over 14 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, I have a wealth of experience working in my field. After graduating with a BA from Bucknell University in Animal Behavior & Spanish, I researched various ways to work with animals & became interested in occupational therapy. I graduated from Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) where I earned a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy. Currently, I am a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).
Currently, I work with the New York City Department of Education as a Senior Occupational Therapist. I have experience collaborating with families to fulfill Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), providing treatment, and conducting evaluations. Previously, I worked with the Young Adult Institute (YAI) for approximately 8 years to help adults with developmental disabilities function & participate in their residential setting and community. Not only is my passion my profession, it is also personal. I have been featured in the OT Practice Magazine, discussing my unique perspective of having a brother with autism & choosing to become an occupational therapist. I have also participated in presentations & a workshop for the American Occupational Therapy Association Conferences. Although I do not work with animals directly, I still have a goal of bringing my dog to work with me in the future!
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Do you have a question for an occupational therapist, but were too embarrassed to ask? Wish you could chat with a parent/sibling that understood your experience? Then I'm the person for you! I will help you to explore ideas & strategies for your family. I can help you understand an IEP or just be a listening ear. We will spend time together as you see fit.
What makes me stand out from other occupational therapists? I live the life that many of my clients live daily. I have a brother with Autism & he is my only sibling. This is the only life that I know. I now have a son with Autism. I empathize with the constant struggles & achievements that families experience.
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Brain Injury
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I also have a personal blog that I share with my mother. We discuss the parental/sibling perspectives of living with a person who has a developmental disability.
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