Jennifer attended the University of Maryland where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Towson University, with a research focus on services related to quality of life in families with children on the autism spectrum.
Jennifer completed her clinical training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she started her career as a pediatric occupational therapist. Here she worked with a complex and diverse group of children with special needs, providing both individual skilled occupational therapy services and group sessions pertaining to development of age appropriate social skills and functional life skills.
Jennifer has received additional training in the Zones of Regulation Program, Handwriting Without Tears, Sensory Integration Building Blocks, and Motor Praxis Learning. She is certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training, Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, Interactive Metronome, and Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention. Jennifer additionally has experience working with adult populations in neurological acute care and sub-acute rehabilitation settings.
Jennifer strives to promote and develop independence for the children she works with by applying evidenced-based practice to address their unique needs. Jennifer has presented research and workshops on topics including: Use of Weighted Blankets as a Sensory Strategy, Behavior Management and Emotional Regulation in Pediatric Populations, and The Role of Occupational Therapy in Pediatric Psychiatry. She additionally established “Community Living Skills,” a series of functional group protocols to integrate effective skills-based treatment into standard practice. This work was featured in AOTA’s OT Practice Magazine and acknowledged in AOTA’s Distinct Value Statement as Exemplary Practice.
Since re-locating to Florida in August of 2015, Jennifer has worked in a private outpatient pediatric practice, continuing to fulfill her life’s passion of helping children achieve success in peer, home, academic, and community roles. Jennifer is proficient in administration of comprehensive assessments and works with families to develop and implement child-centered, individualized treatment plans based on identified needs and child/family goals. She has experience evaluating and providing treatment in the areas of fine motor and gross motor coordination, functional strength and endurance, visual motor and visual perceptual development, sensory processing and integration, self-regulation, executive functions, and activities of daily living.
In addition to Jennifer’s commitment to helping children engage in meaningful daily roles, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read a great book on the beach, go for runs along Bayshore Boulevard, and cheer on her favorite sports teams!