Jackie’s background includes working with children in both outpatient and school settings, addressing sensory processing and sensory integration, reflex integration, fine motor delays, social skills, emotional and self-regulation, handwriting skills, visual-motor skills, and activities of daily living skills such as dressing, eating, and self-care skills. Jackie is experienced in working with children with Sensory Processing Disorder, global developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, social phobias, intellectual disabilities, executive functioning challenges, and Down syndrome.
Jackie has advanced training in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders, having completed the University of Southern California Continuing Education Certificate in Sensory Integration program, as well as being an Advanced Mentored Clinician through the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder.
Jackie believes that all children have unique gifts and abilities and sees her job as an occupational therapist as a help agent to support children in discovering and embracing these gifts in their own unique ways and in flourishing into their greatest potential. As a practitioner of occupational therapy Jackie believes in the therapy of action. Through holistic, family-centered interventions Jackie strives to improve overall quality of life by addressing challenges that affect family relationships, play, friendship, self-perception, independence, and school-related abilities. She is especially passionate about supporting children in their connection to the natural world and to their own innate sense of knowing what best meets their needs. By providing fun, creative, and exciting interventions that challenge each child to adapt, excel, and enjoy all areas of their lives, Jackie hopes to support both the areas of strength and the areas in need of support in all children she works with. Jackie brings her 16 years of experience as a mother of two boys to her practice.
Jackie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.