Kerry Walsh, PT, MS, received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. She has 21 years of pediatric experience with a concentration in the 0-3 yr population. Ms. Walsh has practiced in NICU, acute care, Early Intervention, outpatient, and long term care rehabilitation. She served as the outpatient physical therapy supervisor at a level 2 trauma center and on the Infant Toddler Assessment Program for high risk infant follow up. She is currently the owner and director of Capable Kids Pediatric Therapy Center, an outpatient clinic in Marlboro, New Jersey which services a large population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In addition, Ms. Walsh works with a variety of infant clients at Hands On Physical Therapy in Toms River, NJ. Ms. Walsh is the co-author of STARS: Social Skills Training and Readiness Skills; A FUNctional Mutli-Sensory Group Approach to Enhancing Social Skills of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs. She is an active member of parent support groups for Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder and a volunteer coach for the Brick Stars Challenger Hockey team. In addition to her professional and community experience, Ms. Walsh has the privilege of being the mother of a son with Autism.
Elke Van Hooydonk, OTD, OTR/L, received her degree of doctor in occupational therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She has 23 years of experience and 15 years of those are in pediatrics. Ms. van Hooydonk practiced in Belgium, Switzerland and in the USA in a variety of settings. After graduation with a bachelor degree in OT in Belgium she worked in an outpatient pediatric clinic and an adult facility for individuals with cognitive deficits, running the workshop program. In 1994 she moved to Switzerland, working in a rehabilitation center for patients with neurological, orthopedic and rheumatology diagnoses. Since 2001 Ms. van Hooydonk has gained experience working at Children’s Specialized Hospital, NJ. She is a senior OT treating clients with a variety of diagnoses, but has focused on the treatment of children with autism. She was an integral part developing the autism team evaluations at Children’s Specialized Hospital with the interdisciplinary team of neurodevelopmental pediatrician, speech therapist and psychologist. Ms. van Hooydonk was a treating therapist in a randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of treating children with autism within the Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) framework. This study was published in the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders in November 2013 as An Intervention for Sensory Difficulties in Children with Autism: A Randomized Trial; in which Ms. van Hooydonk was a coauthor. She was further a coauthor in an article published in AJOT for the Application of Data-Driven Decision Making Using Ayres Sensory Integration with a Child ® with Autism. As part of her completion of the doctoral program at TJU, Ms. van Hooydonk has completed the specialty Autism certificate. She presented at AOTA a case report from the RCT and a poster presentation outlining her and her colleagues’ contributions to improving the manual for treatment of children with autism in the ASI framework. Over the course of many years she has attended a plethora of courses to increase her therapeutic skills in the areas of Ayres Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, auditory interventions.
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