Sarah's decision to become an occupational therapist stems from an early life experience when her friend was seriously injured after being hit by a car. Watching her friend survive, rehabilitate and live a full but altered life with an acquired brain injury helped form Sarah's decision to work with children of all abilities and their families.
Sarah completed her occupational therapy degree at McMaster University and is a member of the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. Sarah's work history includes 12 years in paediatrics including 8 years at an outpatient children's treatment centre and 4 years within the school health support services program where she gained comprehensive experience working with children of all ages with developmental, neurological, congenital and genetic conditions. Sarah also works for Handwriting Without Tears, providing in-depth training workshops for parents, teachers and occupational therapists across Canada.
Sarah volunteers with Team Canada Healing Hands and has completed 3 trips to Haiti with a team of rehab specialist to dispense and customize wheelchairs to children living in orphanages and in the community.
Sarah's therapy interests include feeding, fine motor skill development, printing, cursive and keyboarding skills, and self-regulation including sensory processing. Sarah has received training in the areas of sensory-based feeding issues, the CO-OP (Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance) approach to performing motor-based skills, Handwriting Without Tears, paediatric casting, taping and splinting techniques, and training in the area of sensory processing with experienced therapist Ellen Yak.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys running, mountain biking, SUPing, perfecting her downward dog, knitting, reading and planning her next travel adventure.