Conversation with Moira exploring Sensory and Presenting Conferences. Topics include: creating and presenting a CAOT conference, reframing OT as lifestyle interventions and Moira shares how a change in the Autism diagnosis is leading to more funding for sensory related research and medical professionals turning to OTs for guidance on intervention.
Guest: Moira Peña, BPHE, BScOT, MOT Reg. (Ont.)
Host: Jen Taubensee OT (Reg) BC
Music by David Hyde
Moira Peña, BPHE, BScOT, MOT Reg. (Ont.) is an experienced occupational therapist who has dedicated her career to working with individuals across the lifespan who experience sensory processing, behavioural and emotional challenges. She holds training credentials from the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Institute for Sensory Processing in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., the premier clinic for the treatment of children and adolescents with sensory processing challenges. She is currently in the process of completing her training to become a Certified Solution-Focused Healthcare Coach.
Moira works at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto with children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or other developmental disorders. She is an Expert Hub Team member of the ECHO Ontario Autism Program which aims to support and further develop pediatricians’ and school psychologists’ skills to screen, diagnose, and manage children and youth with ASD in Ontario. Her research interests focus on how children’s overall behaviours and abilities to participate in daily activities at home and at school can be improved through the use of sensory processing strategies. Moira holds a Status Appointment as a Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.
Moira’s work experience includes two years as an occupational therapist in an adult in-patient Eating Disorders program in London, U.K. She has also been a a Mental Health Consultant to Veteran Affairs Canada for the last 15 years and works with Veterans to address symptoms of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder through solution-focused and cognitive behavioural techniques within a strengths-based occupational therapy framework.
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