I am a Physical Therapist working in the High Mountain Elementary School, Colonial Road Elementary School and Woodside Avenue School. I have been a Physical Therapist for 17 years and was in corporate prior to earning my Masters in P.T.. I am a School -Certified Physical Therapist. I bring to Franklin Lakes my diverse work experience working with children and adults with a broad range of physical disabilities. I also treat infants through the New Jersey Early Intervention System. I live in Franklin Lakes with my husband John and two daughters, Gabriella and Gianna.
Philosophy:The Occupational and Physical Therapists of the Franklin Lakes Public Schools use their unique expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and school related activities and to fulfill their role as students. In this setting, OTs and PTs support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing (ie. literacy), behavior management, participation in recess/PE, navigation throughout the school, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, and more. Practitioners are particularly skilled in facilitating student access to curricular and extracurricular activities through supports, adaptations. modifications and planning. Additionally, they play a critical role in training parents, other staff members, and caregivers regarding educating students with diverse learning needs.
Our services include direct instruction, small group instruction, integrated instruction in the classroom, and consultation with classroom teachers. We work collaboratively with the classroom and special education teachers to help children generalize skills across different settings. Every student who receives Physical and Occupational Therapy Services follows a program of annual goals and individualized benchmarks for measuring measuring progress. These are derived from his or her own Individualized Education Plan (IEP)