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About Jill

Occupational Therapist

Jill

Hi, I’m Jill!

I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English before earning my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in the United States. 

Prior to moving to New Zealand, I gained over eight years of experience working in the United States as a registered, licensed occupational therapist providing holistic, evidence-based evaluation and intervention services for children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide variety of areas for support, such as motor, sensory, and cognitive concerns. I owned and operated a private paediatric practice with a multidisciplinary team before pursuing work as a travelling occupational therapist. I travelled within the United States providing paediatric occupational therapy to children and families in areas lacking services. I enjoy working with children and their families directly, as well as collaborating on a larger scale. While in the U.S. I worked with a local autism support group on their initiative to develop autism -friendly communities and business initiatives. 

In therapy, I employ a play-based, child-driven approach. I view children as stakeholders in their therapy, catalysts for the growth of their skills and abilities. I presume competence and see potential in every child. I value honest, collaborative caregiver relationships. I believe that as children experience increased independence and more fully engage in meaningful occupations, their confidence, happiness, and quality of life also improves. 

I continue to develop skills through research and professional development, such as attending the World Autism Conference, becoming certified in Handwriting Without Tears and Interactive Metronome, and
regularly attending training on topics such as sensory integration, cognitive skills, and functional performance. 

I am registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand and a member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand –Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa, as well as the American Occupational Therapy Association.

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