Paola is a registered Occupational Therapist with the College of Occupational Therapist of Ontario. Paola obtained her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1984 having graduated with the Helen M. Gault Award given to graduates who demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and professionalism throughout their undergraduate program.
Even though Paola first worked in adult mental health and various adult rehabilitation settings, Paola has worked for the last 15 years at a children’s treatment center working with children with a variety of neurological conditions, chromosomal abnormalities, and sensory processing disorders from ages 0 to 8.
Paola was an integral member of the oral motor team, which assesses safety in swallow. In addition, she also was a member of the Mealtime team assisting families to overcome feeding challenges. Paola has a particular interest in feeding and has had numerous professional development courses to solidify her clinical experience: SOS approach, SOFFI approach, food chaining, MORE program, and sensory integrative approaches.
In addition to her interest in feeding, Paola also thoroughly enjoys assisting children through their developmental milestones, offering families strategies and suggestions for handling and positioning. Having obtained CME level I training as well as Advanced NDT training, this allows Paola the ability to see those possibilities in the children, which she serves.
Paola is also a handwriting specialist having obtained the level I certification with Handwriting Without Tears program. Paola is passionate about the children and families she serves. She offers evidenced based approaches to assist families reach the goals they aspire for their children.
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