Alexa G, OTD, OTR/L

Head of Program Development, Education Coordinator, Occupational Therapist

Feeding Therapy

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2013

Education

Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Illinois State University

 Awards: 

  • Beatrice D Wade Award of Clinical Excellence August 2011 

Credentials and Certification 

  • Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • DIR/Floortime Certified 
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding

Clinical Expertise

  • Promoting participation in meaningful daily activities such as mealtimes, social interactions and play for individuals impacted by sensory processing differences and autism 
  • DIR/Floortime 
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding 
  • Sensory Integration 
  • Intentional Relationship Model 

Publications

(2020). Jarvis, J., Kaelin, V., Anaby, D., Teplicky, R., & Khetani, M.A. Electronic intervention planning support for families of young children receiving rehabilitation services: A pilot study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.14535 [Current Impact: 3.532; ranked 11/124 in pediatrics; source: Journal] 

(2019). Jarvis, J.M., Gurga, A., Greif, A., Lim, H., Anaby, D., Teplicky, R., & Khetani, M.A. Usability of the Participation and Environment Measure Plus (PEM+) for client-centered and participation-focused care planning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73, 1-8. DOI: 10.5014/ajot.2019.032235 [Impact: 3.325; source: Journal] 

(Dec 2019). Gurga, A., Greif, A., Sidorowych, C., Magasi, S., & Khetani, M.A. Stakeholder engagement to optimize participation-focused e-reports for care planning in early childhood. Accessed via the Can Child Centre for Childhood Disability Participation Knowledge Hub

Presentations: 

Little, L. & Stoffel, A. (2020, April). Pediatric OT and Telehealth in Illinois. Panel participant conducted via Zoom for the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, Chicago, IL. 

Greif, A. & Stoffel, A. (2019, April). Utilizing participation and occupation to guide the pediatric occupational therapy process. Paper session presented at the annual conference of American Occupational Therapy Association, New Orleans, LA. 

Greif, A. & Stoffel, A. (2018, September). Utilizing participation and occupation to guide the pediatric occupational therapy process. Paper session presented at the annual conference of Illinois Occupational Therapy Association, Naperville, IL. 

Greif, A., Lim, H., Gurga, A., Jarvis, J., & **Khetani, M.A. (2017, June). Partnering to pilot PEM for family centered assessment and care planning. Workshop for service providers at Blue Bird Day School, Chicago, IL. 

**Stoffel, A., Khetani, M.A., Rigau, B., & Grief, A. (2017, March). Strengthening family engagement in early intervention processes of care. Invited concurrent session for the Scholarship of Practice 

  

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My Story

Through my diverse experiences in serving children with special needs, I developed my passion for occupational therapy. My initial interest in the field began while studying psychology at Illinois State University, assisting children with autism in an ABA-style preschool readiness program. I also participated in research projects, implementing and evaluating the Second Step curriculum, designed to promote social-emotional skill development in elementary-aged children. Throughout my education, I worked closely with children and families across multiple environments, promoting independent functioning in the home, community, and school settings. In 2013, I graduated from UIC with my master’s in OT. While pursuing this degree, I continued to engage in research to further develop my knowledge of the evidence-based practice. I have established a community partnership between Blue Bird Day and the University of Illinois at the Chicago-Occupational Therapy Department, with the aim to conduct research within our setting with the long term vision to make Blue Bird accessible to more children and families. 

My Blue Bird Day

Blue Bird Day is truly a unique approach to therapy that values family-centered care, inter-professional teaming, and relationship-based interventions. One of my favorite things about working for Blue Bird is having the opportunity to truly get to know a child and their family through daily therapy and establishing an effective therapeutic relationship through play-based interventions. It is so rewarding to see the growth and progress our clients make as a result of their participation in our program. 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. To expand Blue Bird Day’s program to reach more children and families 
  2. To develop my leadership and management skills through participation in research initiatives at Blue Bird Day 

Testimonials

From my clients: Just wanted to share how impressed I am with Blue Bird Day! When Blue Bird along with all other Chicago schools announced they were temporarily closing due to COVID19, I found myself a bit stressed. I was happy about my son being able to stay home with me, but I worried about how long he’d have to be without services. Well, I didn’t have to worry long! Blue Bird Day sprung into action and had everything ready in ONE WEEK! We have been receiving virtual sessions for almost 2 months now. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this new method of therapy. To be able to personally help and teach my son with the guidance of his team has been an incredible experience. Thank you Blue Bird for working so hard to make sure our children continue to receive the services they need. I’d like to give a special thanks to Dean’s wonderful team, Ms.Taylor, Abby, Alexa, Megan, and Andrea! They have given me the tools needed to be able to better help and understand my son’s needs. This would not have been possible if I hadn’t let these ladies into my home through virtual therapy. Not only has Dean made amazing progress these past weeks, but I feel like I’ve also progressed as a parent. None of this would have been possible without them and I can’t thank them enough! 

From my peer: Team Player: Alexa has been helping around everywhere no matter how busy she is whether it’s assisting with clients, front desk, or just helping the TAs out with projects. Thanks for being such a great PM supervisor!