Sara, MS, OTR/L
Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Western Michigan University. While in graduate school, she participated in a fieldwork placement working with young children in a rural migrant health program. She has over 18 years of experience working with children from diverse backgrounds in three different school systems in North Carolina. As a school practitioner, she worked with students from 3 years old to 21 years old with a range of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, fine motor and visual-motor delays, visual impairments, and physical disabilities. She has vast experience with evaluating children using a variety of evaluation tools and assessments and takes a holistic view during evaluations, analyzing the child’s functioning in an array of environments. She has incorporated a variety of programs and strategies into her treatments, including Handwriting Without Tears, Zones of Regulation, sensory diets, and assistive technology. She enjoys discovering children’s interests and activities and incorporating them into treatments. In the school system, she collaborated with other service providers such as speech-language therapists and physical therapists, as well as school psychologists and behavioral specialists. She strives to create a partnership with parents and other involved caregivers when creating goals and implementing treatment strategies. In her free time, Sara enjoys being outside, whether rock climbing, running, or hiking. She also loves traveling and experiencing new places and cultures. She loves dogs and loves to take her friends’ dogs for walks and hikes.