In 2008, Jen received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Grand Valley State University. She then went on to earn a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from GVSU in 2010. She has years of volunteer, clinical, and work experience in educational, inpatient psychiatric, and home health settings throughout West Michigan.
Jen has special interest and experience working with children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also has experience with children and adults affected by developmental delays, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, motor coordination disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety, and major depression. She believes strongly in providing therapy that focuses on the individual’s interests, challenging her client’s skills through meaningful occupation. She also strives to support families in home programming for reaching their best potential, understanding that parents and caregivers can be the most powerful tools a therapist can utilize.
In her continuing education, Jen has pursued training in programs like the Integrated Listening System, Brain Gym, Bal-A-Vis-X, sensory integration strategies, and assistive technology. She is knowledgeable in sensory processing disorders, handwriting difficulties, Applied Behavior Analysis, motor learning and cognitive behavioral approaches. She has also been an American Occupational Therapy Association member since 2008 with a declared special interest in Pediatrics and School-Based Therapy.
Jen has been building her practice at BRAINS since January 2014 and is thrilled to be able to provide skilled Occupational Therapy services to West Michigan families.
Grand Valley State University 2008, 2010
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sensory Processing Difficulties
Early and Young Adulthood
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Self Care Skills
Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)