Adrienna has worked in outpatient pediatric clinics and many schools across Southeast Michigan, including early intervention, preschool, elementary, middle and high school. Adrienna is looking forward to her next adventure facilitating the pediatric fieldwork seminar class at Eastern Michigan University. Adrienna finds occupational therapy to be an exhilarating challenge and problem solving opportunity that is not only engaging but fulfilling as a career.
Beginning her academia in 2008 at Eastern Michigan University, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2014. Additionally, Adrienna has received a certification in Sensory Enrichment Therapy (SET).
Outside of work Adrienna enjoys exploring nature, camping, kayaking, theater and playing board games. Adrienna also helps plan an inspiring and educational OT conference held each year in mid-September at EMU. Conference information can be found at www.spelbringlecture.com!
Never having heard of occupational therapy before, Adrienna shadowed an OT and immediately knew this was the career for her once she saw the profound impact OTs have on meaning-making and quality of life with their clients.
“The Puzzle Players: Sensory Friendly Drama and Play” is Adrienna’s most successful and exciting OT project. This program is a play-based social group designed and facilitated in partnership with a speech and language pathologist. The Puzzle Players began as a dream, turned into a drama and play lesson for students in center-based classrooms for autism, evolved into a summer camp and is continuing to be refined. Findings for this style of programming were presented at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference and Spelbring Conference in 2018. The Puzzle Player’s next camp is tentatively scheduled for July 13-24, 2020. Registration for the program will be available at http://www.pccsk12.com/departments/community-education. Adrienna looks forward to expanding her use of play, improvisation and sensory enrichment as strategies for facilitating functional engagement for children with autism.
Adrienna is currently a proud member of AOTA and MiOTA. Membership with MiOTA is important to Adrienna because it helps her feel connected with the OT community. Adrienna finds MiOTA helps her stay informed, gives her access to relevant resources, and helps her find continuing education, evidence-based practice, conference information, emerging research, policy changes and field updates.
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