Joanna Trainor , B.S., OTR/L
Joanna received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. After college, she worked at the Pennsylvania Hand Center in Philadelphia providing hand therapy services in a private orthopedic practice. Simultaneously, she worked on earning her Master of Business Administration in Health and Medical Services degree. Marriage and a move from the area brought new career opportunities in medical sales for the following nine years. After taking a break to raise her growing family of four children she returned to the workforce.
At that time, she had the opportunity to work with high school-aged and preschool children. While enjoying both ages, she was particularly interested in learning more about treatment for young children with sensory processing and autistic spectrum disorders. She, therefore, went on to earn a post-professional pediatric certificate from Misericordia University and complete Sensory Integration seminars with Julia Harper and Winnie Dunn.
Joanna was initially able to utilize these exciting new ideas and treatment methods while working in a public school setting. She found working with school professionals to help children learn the needed skills to participate in their occupation, which is playing and going to school, very rewarding. When Joanna was able to expand her workday, she also joined an outpatient clinic where she had the opportunity to treat children with ADHD, sensory processing disorders, global apraxia, developmental delays, and autistic spectrum disorders. Her favorite part of treating children in this environment was the close working relationship it afforded with parents for training and fine-tuning of home programs to support their child’s progress. She has experience utilizing Handwriting Without Tears®, Therapeutic Listening®, Zones of Regulation®, and How Does Your Engine Run?® (The Alert Program® for Self Regulation).
When not working, Joanna enjoys visiting her grown children, spending time with friends, going to Pilates, and playing pickleball.