Lauren Pounds earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from East Carolina University. She loves working with children in her home state of North Carolina, and has worked with children many different settings including homes, the community and daycares/preschools in Raleigh/Durham as well as in an outpatient clinic setting in Charlotte.
Lauren has experience with children from birth to 21 years old with a variety of diagnoses including Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral/emotional difficulties, developmental delay, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, sensory feeding difficulties, fine motor and visual motor difficulties, visual perceptual difficulties, low vision, Down Syndrome, and Spina Bifida.
She is Interactive Metronome certified and Basic Life Support Certified, and has experience using programs such as Handwriting Without Tears and the Zones of Regulation. She uses her training in Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, and pediatric feeding to guide her approach to therapy.
Lauren spends her free time traveling, and enjoys going to the mountains as much as possible to hike with her handsome miniature dachshund, Nugget. She enjoys crocheting, sewing, scrapbooking, and making art, and is proud to integrate this creativity and love of making things into therapy sessions to make them fun and functional. Lauren believes that for early intervention occupational therapy to be successful, interventions must be tailored to each unique child, as well as involving and educating the entire family.