I am a pediatric occupational therapist, and mother of 3 young children. I currently work in a school-based practice, but also have experience with spinal cord injury, burns, psychological disabilities, and neurological impairments. I also hold advanced training and certification in Integrated Listening Systems, and am a Certified Screener for Irlen Syndrome/Scoptic Sensitivty.
I am a contributing writer to Autism Parenting Magazine, and to Fireflyfriends.com’s special need’s blog. I have appeared as a guest on The Autism Show and The Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s School-Home Connection. My books have been listed as resources on websites such as Everyday Health, Psych Central, Inc Magazine, Real and Simple Magazine, Marie Claire, Mothering.com, Aol’s Health and Wellness, MSN Health, Friendship Circle, and Montreal Children’s Hospital, among other websites/libraries/community/academic/parenting resources and district curricula around the world.
I created this blog in order to share thoughts and ideas about pediatric occupational therapy practice, parenting, and helpful tools, tips and resources with therapists, parents, teachers, and anybody else who works with or spends time with kids.
The first book that I wrote was inspired largely by my blogging and passion for my children and my profession: “The kids’ guide to staying awesome and in control: simple stuff to help children regulate their emotions and senses.” I created this book to provide children with a tool to empower themselves to feel calm and in control, whether typically-developing or with an official diagnosis. I am all about providing my children (my own and the ones I treat) with ways to take a proactive, independent, and successful approach to managing their own states of self-regulation.
I realized how much I loved writing and publishing in an area that I felt that I could make a difference, that I was inspired to write my second book (due out November 21st, 2015): “How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses.How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses.” This book is highly interactive, and aims to teach children ‘super-powers’/strategies that focus on different areas of self regulation. Once they complete the exercise (whether it’s physical or mental), the actual scenario changes in the book! It was published in November of 2015.
I have another coming out in September of 2016, as a third book in the Awesome and In Control series: “Stay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses”. It’s focus is on the mind-body connection, and utilizes the same language around self-regulation as the Kids’ Guide, with new exercises and tools!
All of my books books are published through Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and are now available either for pre-order or for direct sale at most major bookstores. 😊
I am so happy to continue blogging ideas, strategies and tips from my OT (and mom!)-related lens. Feel free to contact me and let me know if you have any resources to share, as well!