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Professional Summary

Certified Pediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with children of all ages and abilities. Organized and flexible and has the ability to adapt activities and environments to meet the needs of students.


Certified Occupational Therapist by NBCOT

Licensed in Kansas and Missouri

Certified Autism Specialist, Inactive

Interactive Metronome and IM Home Certified

Skill Highlights
  • Able to adapt to different situations
  • Keen observation skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Able to collaborate with all disciplines
  • Can think "outside of the box"
  • Flexible
  • Creative
  • Problem solver
  • Empathetic and patient
  • Good listener
Professional Experience
Empowering Function, LLC Overland Park, KS Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Owner 02/2013 to Current

Provide home pediatric occupational therapy services. Identify and document patient goals, evaluate progress and plan reevaluation. Regularly evaluate effects of treatment and adjust to achieve maximum benefit. Consult with other direct-care staff and work with caregivers to implement home programs to achieve occupational therapy goals.

The Hill Family Household Overland Park, KS Stay at Home Mom 06/1999 to 01/2013

I was a stay at home mom from the time I graduated in May of 1999 with my M.S. in OT until I started my own private pediatric occupational therapy practice in February 2013. From 1998 to 2002, my husband and I had 4 children. While I was a stay at home mom, I utilized the knowledge that I learned in OT school to monitor the development of my children. Staying at home with my kids has made me a better therapist. I am more empathetic to the families I work with and what they go through at home on a daily basis. This has helped me to create more realistic treatment plans by taking into account the increased daily demands that each family is going through with a child with special needs.

University of Kansas Medical Center Occupational Therapy Department Kansas, KS Research Assistant, Occupational Therapist on Multi-Disciplinary Diagnostic Team, Guest Lecturer 08/1996 to 05/1999

Worked 20 hours/week for the Occupational Therapy Department at KUMC as part of a scholarship received to obtain my M.S. in OT. Taught undergraduate Occupational Therapy classes, presented case studies at KUMC's grand rounds, member of the Autism Diagnostic Multi-Disciplinary Team at KUMC. Research assistant to Dr. Winnie Dunn, Occupational Therapist and Head of the Occupational Therapy Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center, on her early research on the Sensory Profile. The Sensory Profile is currently the leading assessment used by OT's to evaluate children and adults for sensory processing disorders.

Northwest Missouri Autism Consortium Kansas City , MO Pediatric Occupational Therapist 08/1996 to 05/1999

Provided occupational therapy services to children with autism in their homes. Educated and supported the family on treatment techniques. Evaluated the child and created a treatment plan and therapy goals. Provided support and advocacy services for the child and their family through collaboration with individuals involved with the child in school, therapy and caregivers in the home.

Blind Focus, part of The Rehabilitation Institute Kansas City , MO Staff Occupational Therapist 05/1995 to 06/1996

Evaluated the needs of the client and then created a treatment plan and therapy goals. Documented the client's progress, and if needed, adjusted the treatment plan to reflect the client's progress or decline. Intervention included teaching the client how to perform their ADL's with low or no vision, how to adapt their environment to increase independence, and taught safety techniques while cooking, cleaning, and out in the community. Taught diabetes education and how to prevent further complications. Taught clients how to check their blood sugar and take their insulin with adaptive equipment.

Education and Training
Master of Science: Occupational Therapy, emphasis on Autism 1999 University of Kansas Medical Center , Kansas City, KS, USA
Bachelor of Science: Occupational Therapy 1995 University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA
Awards, Publications & Community Service

~Published in the following journal, Long was my Maiden Name:

Brown, C., Hamera, E., & Long, C. (1996). The Daily Activities Checklist: A Functional Assessment for Consumers with Mental Illness Living in the Community. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 10, 33-44.

~Presented the paper "The Daily Activities Checklist: A Functional Assessment for Consumers with Mental Illness Living in the Community" at the 1995 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference.

~Received a Scholarship from the University of Kansas Medical Center Occupational Therapy Department which paid for my M.S. in Occupational Therapy. In return, I worked 20 hours for the KUMC OT Department and 20 hours with the Northwest Missouri Autism Consortium.

~Was involved in the data collection in the beginning stages of Dr. Winnie Dunn's assessment called the "Sensory Profile".

~Myself and another Occupational Therapist developed "Act Early: Learn the Signs" which is a free developmental screening program.

~Created a Holiday Break Camp for the Blue Valley Community over the 2013-14 Holiday Break. Recruited volunteers in order to have a 1:1 ratio of volunteers to children. Charged a minimal fee to cover the expenses to run the camp. Created activities that were designed with the students needs in mind. I held 4 camps each 4 hours long over the break.