Hi! I am Miss Jaime and I’ve been a Long Island pediatric OT for seventeen years. I currently work in a public school in Nassau County with students Kindergarten to 5th grade. However, I also have ten years experience working in a sensory gym part time with preschool age children. Before I moved to the elementary schools in my district, I worked full time in the middle schools for five years. I work per diem in a hospital with adults as well! That sounds like I work a lot but I love OT and being an OT!
One of the things I love about Occupational Therapy is the fact that it is always changing. I love to find new ways to work on my students’ deficits to keep it fresh and interesting for them (and me)!
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Adelphi University. I love yoga and became certified through the American Aerobics and Fitness Association to teach group exercise. After a year of teaching yoga, I realized I like to DO yoga more than I like to TEACH it! However, I still love yoga and I think it is a great way to work on strength, balance, bilateral skills, etc. I use it with my students all the time.
As a school district OT, I work with both general and special education children. I have students with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Deficits and more. I also work with the teaching staff to address the needs of general education students who don’t receive OT. Sometimes a simple trick like changing the child’s seat height is the ticket to success!
I have taught classes to staff and hosted many one-day trainings to give teachers simple strategies to improve their students’ performance in class. Locally, I am starting to present at SEPTA’s in my community to spread awareness and help parents to learn ways to help their children.
I am certified in Assistive Technology through California State University Northridge and am currently studying for the RESNA exam. I am excited to have a new aspect of O.T. to explore. I am also a Certified Handwriting Specialist through Handwriting Without Tears.
In 2016, I teamed up with nine other pediatric OT and PT bloggers to start the Functional Skills For Kids team. We recently published our first book, “The Handwriting Book“ and our second book, “The Scissors Skills Book” will be launched this April, 2017. I hope you’ll check out our webpage, because we offer tons of freebies and promos during each launch. We have ten other books coming out!
Miss Jaime, O.T. featured on the web
Want to read about “A Day in the Life of Miss Jaime, O.T.?” I was so happy to be featured on “OT Cafe” blog as a guest blogger for Abby, Pediatric OT. What an honor, as Abby’s blog was one of the first OT blogs I followed! I was also featured in the September spOTlight series on “OT Mommy …needs her coffee”.
Any questions, just ask me!
Guest Posts by Miss Jaime, O.T. on the web:
1) Therapeutic benefits of yoga on MamaOT
2) Spaghetti and Meatball Spacing on Handwriting With Katherine
3) How to make a weighted lap pad on Growing Hands on Kids