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Today Dr. Elana interviews Dr. Stephanie Drummond, a pediatric Occupational Therapist and owner of San Diego Occupational Therapy. She specializes in feeding issues along with sensory processing disorder. If you don’t know how occupational therapy can benefit kids this is an episode you don’t want to miss! Dr. Drummond shares which types of children can benefit from this therapy, how to look for a therapist in your area along with helpful tips that will benefit every child.

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Topics Discussed:

  • What is Occupational Therapy (OT) and how can it benefit any child?
  • What signs to look for in your child to know if OT may be needed
  • What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
  • How OT’s can help with feeding issues and picky eating
  • How food pouches, messy eating, and chewing with your mouth open impact feeding
  • The importance of high chair stability while eating
  • Why core strength is so important
  • What is W sitting?

This episode's guest

Dr. Stephanie Drummond is a pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty-three years of education, training, and experience within the field of pediatric occupational therapy.  Dr. Drummond graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.  

Dr. Drummond completed intensive sensory integration training through the University of Southern California, and managed the University of Southern California’s Lifestyle Redesign Program and the Faculty Practice.  Dr. Drummond has received certification to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), Integrative Listening System, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, and The Listening Program. She has completed courses in Handwriting Without Tears, First Strokes, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, Brain Gym, Floor Time, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Reflex Integration, Zones of Regulation, and the Alert Program. She has lectured and given courses on sensory integration, feeding, handwriting readiness and intervention, and has presented to the Occupational Therapy Association of California. She has extensive training with feeding difficulties and sensory based feeding disorders with infants and children, and worked at Toomey & Associates feeding clinic located at the STAR Center in Denver, CO.  Dr. Drummond holds the CBOT Advanced Practice Certification in Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention.