My Story

After two decades of working as a school-based occupational therapist, I followed my passion for teaching handwriting and returned to school and eventually to start publishing. I decided to go to graduate school so that I could investigate existing research regarding handwriting, conduct my own action research, and most importantly, use research-based best practices to polish the classroom curriculum that I have been developing over the past 12 years.

Working with children is my first love.  A close second is building systems and curricula that support the development of both special education and typically developing students.

My mission is to provide fun and engaging methods for children to learn essential fine-motor and self-regulation skills needed for lifelong success.  I build multi-sensory products for differentiated instruction so that teachers, parents, and therapists are able to provide research-based services to children of all abilities.

Welcome to my OT room!

 

My Tools

Handwriting

     Through the support of my district’s administration and grant funding, we were able to obtain these rainbow carts for every district kindergarten and first grade classroom. These carts give teachers easy access to multisensory materials to better enable them to implement Print Path’s handwriting instruction.

Visual Supports

 

I have found visual supports and visual schedules to be essential for effective treatment sessions with a variety of children.

Here’s a wall-mounted visual support system that I use at another school.  The ring on the left I wear in classrooms when working with kids who need a nonverbal communication tool as feedback to help them regulate and self manage their behaviors. The ring on the right I wear for children who benefit from visual cues for positive behaviors during whole group instruction.

 

 

 

Self-Regulation Breaks & Skills

 

 

Self-Regulation Break:
First Station

 


Thanks for stopping by!  ~Thia

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