Danielle became interested in the field of occupational therapy after shadowing an occupational therapist. Watching her work with children, Danielle loved the idea that play could be used as a therapeutic tool. Children often think that they are just playing, but treatment makes every play activity work on a skill that the child needs to improve.
Play is a powerful tool, and a child’s full time occupation. Danielle enjoys using play as a versatile modality in order to increase a child’s ability to function in the world. Danielle works with children of various ages and abilities, and modifies play to fit every child’s unique gifts and needs.
Danielle also enjoys using music in her work. She has sung in many choirs, and appreciates the power of music for many different reasons. Combining music and play has been a great opportunity to use many of the child’s different senses as we work. Danielle enjoys getting to know each child and their strengths and abilities as she works with them and their families, to create a beneficial therapeutic relationship to help each child reach their maximal potential.
Bachelor of Science in Health Science—Saginaw Valley State University Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy—Saginaw Valley State University
Infants and young children
Fine/gross motor skill training
Integrated Listening System