Katie D., OTR/L
While Katie has experience working with children of all ages, she has focused on birth to 5 over the last 3 y ears. She has additional training in social emotional & sensorimotor regulation strategies related to anxiety, autism, sensory disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders, Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy. Katie has worked with a wide range of diagnoses including genetic disorders, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, learning disabilities, neurologic and orthopedic disorders, developmental delay, fine motor delay, behavioral issues, visual perceptual and visual processing difficulties, and sensory processing disorders.
Katie recently moved to North Carolina and is originally from Wilmington, DE. She received a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware, a Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Clinical Science in occupational therapy through the University of Pittsburgh.
She has worked in settings with both children and older adults; however her passion is working in pediatrics. The families and colleagues she has worked with in the past have described her as very positive, happy, compassionate and an understanding person. She believes in building a strong rapport with the children and families she works with to optimize overall progress and level of independence during play, in all social settings, and when completing developmentally appropriate self-care tasks. She has completed specialized trainings in sensory feeding difficulties, behavioral management, trauma/anxiety, and for children in foster care. She loves being able to work in the home and daycare environments because of the collaborative relationship it allows with the parents and caregivers. Being in the natural environment allows her to individualize treatment for both the child and family with the resources available in the child’s own environment!