I received my Masters in Occupational Therapy and my Diploma in Infant Development/Supported Child Care from UBC. My area of focus for both my Diploma and Masters Degree was studying children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental coordination disorder (DCD), and other developmental disabilities. For me, continuing my education about sensory-processing disorders and mental health issues by attending ongoing conferences and workshops is a top priority.
Professionally, my background has always focused on education. Throughout my education and career I have worked with BC Parks leading day hikes, running kids nature programs, leading school field-trips for the Vancouver Aquarium, and working as a behavior interventionist in family homes as part of ABA programs. Prior to starting my own private practice, I worked for two years at an interdisciplinary children's centre specializing in autism spectrum disorders.
Giving back to the community is something that is very important to me. Over the years I have assisted children with therapeutic horse-back riding lessons in Richmond, been a Girl Guide leader for a troop in Victoria, and volunteered with mental health organizations, crisis lines and women's shelters. Currently, I am involved as a snowboard instructor and kayak-guide to individuals with disabilities in North Vancouver.
My approach to pediatric occupational therapy is through encouraging children how to interact with their environment through a more natural, sensory-based experience combined with a playful developmental approach to learning new motor skills. Therapy should be fun and functional. Having grown up in British Columbia and experiencing firsthand the wide variety of activities available year-round, I believe that our province holds a powerful naturally-occurring resource to help our children and families better cope with our busy and ever changing lives and environments.
Zoe is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list and a Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider with CFA-BC. Zoe is currently on maternity leave from November-April.
Marta graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2006. While studying OT, she worked with children with special needs in summer and day camps, and as a home care attendant for a child. She has extensive experience working with children who have Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, LD, developmental delays and other disabilities from her time working in a therapeutic preschool program and in private practice in Brooklyn, NY. Marta pursued and earned a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2011, and completed a thesis project about the effectiveness of sensory strategies used in a preschool setting. She co-owned and ran a multi-disciplinary pediatric therapy practice in Brooklyn for 6 years, where she provided private OT treatment sessions and assessments, NYC Early Intervention services, and related OT services for children in the public school system. While in Canada, Marta has worked as a student support worker for the Vancouver School Board providing support and accommodations for children with disabilities.
She has taken courses over the years to provide instruction with the Handwriting Without Tears program, Brain Gym, Social Thinking curriculum, Therapeutic Listening, Astronaut Training Protocol, sensory diets, and most recently became an iLs trained practitioner. She also speaks Spanish fluently. Marta helps children develop ways to cope with sensory differences, self-regulate, and acquire desired functional skills through play-based interventions that are evidence-based.
Marta is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list and on the Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider list with CFA-BC. She works full-time in the clinic Monday-Friday.
Please welcome Chelsea to our team. She is an experienced Paediatric Occupational Therapist from Singapore. She was worked with a variety of children in a variety of settings. She also speaks Mandarin fluently. She is available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as Saturday mornings. She is in the process of registering for the RASP list. Stay tuned for her full bio coming soon.
Tess Fairburn completed her Bachelor's degree in Speech Sciences and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. Tess has worked with children with a variety of speech and language delays or disorders, including children with autism. She has experience implementing therapy plans for a variety of communication needs, including low tech and high tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), speech sound disorders, social communication disorders, as well as receptive and expressive language disorders.
In her clinical practice, she recognizes the importance of a family-centred approach and interdisciplinary collaboration. Tess encourages families to participate in sessions in order to create goals collaboratively and to maximize carryover of communication skills to all areas of her client's life.
Tess is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) supervision list and is a Community Brain Injury Provider (CBIP) service provider with CFA-BC. She works full-time in the clinic Monday through Friday.
I graduated with a Master’s of Special Education with a focus in Autism from UBC and am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). I have worked for 20 years with children diagnosed with Autism and other disabilities. I have worked primarily as a Behaviour Consultant for the last decade but also had the pleasure of working as a Play Guide for a year and a half in a local non-profit society called Friend2Friend helping to support children in developing play and friendships. I use Applied Behavior Analysis to teach children new skills in the areas of communication, play, academics, life skills, pay skills and social skills. I have experience developing and running social skills development groups. I also offer Positive Behavior Support services to help parents and other team members manage challenging behavior and teach functional appropriate replacement behaviours. My focus is to support children and families in ways that are meaningful for the families and playful and engaging for the children.
closely with Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and other
professionals. I will advocate for children in schools and when invited offer
suggestions of support to classroom teachers, preschool teachers and teaching
support staff. I love living and working
in Vancouver and appreciate the opportunity to offer my services at the
Play 2 Learn 4 Life Centre.
Jennifer is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list and is accepting new clients Monday through Friday. She is available for both clinic and community/home sessions.
I have a Master degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California. I am registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.
I have advanced training in Sensory Integration evaluation and treatment techniques. I am a Handwriting Specialist and have obtained the Level 1 Certification by Handwriting Without Tears. I am an Integrated Listening System (iLs) Practioner.
I have worked for over fifteen years as an Occupational Therapist working in clinics and schools. I help children develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and the performance of specific tasks.
Tricia is on the Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) list. She works in the clinic on Mondays.
Melina has been working as a therapy assistant with us for over a year. She is also studying at UBC to get her Psychology degree. She hopes to apply for Occupational Therapy program in the future. She is taking on new clients, that are supervised by an OT. She does clinic sessions, home visits, and assists with groups. She is available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and weekends.