Michelle R. DeJesus, MS OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist & Child Development Expert
Practitioner Specialty or Specialties: Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Child Development, Family-Centered Pediatric Therapy Services
Practitioner List of Services: Occupational Therapy Consultation, Child Development Consultation, Parent 1:1 Coaching
With a history of working with children all throughout her life, Michelle pursued a career that wholeheartedly fulfilled her life’s passion of assisting children to reach their full potential regardless of a diagnosis via the profession of occupational therapy. She graduated with highest honors in 2018 from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy and summa cum laude in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Public Health from the University of South Florida (USF). Aside from her clinical role as an occupational therapist, Michelle also has a passion for working with underserved communities as she serves as a board member of the Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity organization (COTAD) and has developed programs within several of her work settings to provide health information and resources to minority clients and families.
As a pediatric occupational therapist, Michelle has worked with hundreds of families and children to support them in reaching family-centered goals that allow the child to reach their fullest potential. With specialty experience in neurodevelopmental conditions and early intervention, Michelle has become an expert in child development and treating a wide array of conditions including: autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, Down’s Syndrome, torticollis, prematurity, and more. She has specifically received training in evidenced-based and innovative treatment programs and protocols such as mirror therapy, neurodevelopmental techniques, constraint-induced movement therapy, handwriting without tears (HWT), proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and more.
Michelle’s personal treatment approach relies heavily on family education and empowerment, knowing that neurological evidence supports integrating family goals and priorities into the plan of care in order to allow the child to thrive across all environments. She is confident that she can provide the tools that the family needs in order to increase parent confidence in working with their child despite a diagnosis and improve the child’s ability to participate in all of their daily activities more efficiently.
Her motto? Si Se Puede!! (yes you can!)
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