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University of South Florida (USF) (Psychology)
Florida International University, Miami, FL (Master's)
I received an Occupational Therapy Master's Degree in 1994, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1992. My OT career has included working in a variety of settings and with many age groups and types of disabilities. These include skilled nursing rehabilitation, home health care, acute care trauma center rehab, and serving school-based therapy needs in my homeschool community.
I am a also a homeschooling mother of 3 children, aged 8 to 13. My homeschooling journey has helped to make me a better therapist. I feel so blessed to be able to help students (both typical developing and special needs kids) to improve their handwriting proficiency and life skills.
I created A+ Handwriting to help students improve their handwriting ability for success in schoolwork activities and life. In traditional school settings, teachers no longer focus on proper handwriting technique nor the underlying physical and sensory skills required for success. My A+ Handwriting program provides individualized assessment and treatment aimed at preparing children for "handwriting readiness" by the time they enter school (K), and can help older kids who persist with handwriting difficulties.
Many typical children can develop improper handwriting postures, which are reinforced over time, and can create muscle fatigue, unnatural stress on finger joints, illegible handwriting, frustration, and even an unwillingness to perform writing activities. Other kids may have sensory based issues, which can be detrimental to the timely development of their handwriting abilities.
Research-based OT interventions can be an important component in the process of reversing or preventing handwriting difficulties. An A+ Plan of Treatment targets the core areas of Visual Motor Integration, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Visual Perception, Sensory Processing, Trunk Control, Shoulder Stability, and functional Grasp patterns necessary for handwriting via a multisensory approach.
I am a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, with a specialty and training in handwriting remediation for school aged children, grades Pre-K through 12, with both typical, learning disabled students, as well as those on the autism spectrum. I am also a certified iLS PractitionerPractitioner, which enables me to provide more effective interventions.
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my backyard chickens, gardening, fitness, and camping. I look forward to new challenges, and hope you will find my services to be exceptionally effective and valuable in your quest for improvement of handwriting skills and more! I received an Occupational Therapy Master's Degree in 1994, and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 1992. My OT career has included working in a variety of settings and with many age groups and types of disabilities. These include skilled Read more
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Handwriting proficiency is a critical skill to master during the school-age years. I offer Handwriting skills remediation and training, both print and cursive, as well as addressing the underlying skill deficits which contribute to handwriting problems. In addition to proper handwriting technique, postural and grip patterns, my treatment targets the underlying core areas of Visual Motor Integration, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Visual Perception, Sensory Processing, Trunk Control, Shoulder Stability, and functional Grasp patterns necessary for handwriting via a Sensory Integration approach. I have completed training in a variety of handwriting treatment approaches, including Handwriting Without Tears, which is the most effective, research based, and developmentally appropriate curriculum available.