Andrea G, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist, Onboarder

Blue Bird Day Staff and Andrea

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2019

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
Loyola University of Chicago

  

  

Awards: 

  • 2019 Inspiring Graduate AwardUniversity of Illinois at Chicago 
  • 2018 Mary Minglen Memorial ScholarshipAmerican Occupational Therapy Foundation 

  Credentials and Certifications: 

  • Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist 
  • Assistive Technology Certificate Program Completion (via UIC) 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 

Clinical Expertise

  • Assistive Technology and Environmental Modification 
  • Participation-focused Outcomes 

      

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My Story

I was introduced to the field of occupational therapy by my mother, who was an occupational therapist in the areas of physical rehabilitation and education/schools.  Her practice focused on holistically supporting her clients’ participation in meaningful occupations or activities of daily living, as both interventions and outcomes of therapy.  I decided to pursue OT as a career after recognizing how effective supporting a child’s sense of self was to occupational participation and how the environment could be modified to facilitate a child’s success.  I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with my Master of Science and Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, as well as completed the Assistive Technology Certificate Program there.  During my time at UIC, I focused on research engagement, the advancement of pediatric processes of care, and environmental modification and strategies to promote clients’ independence.  I am honored to work with my clients and their families and look forward to witnessing their growth. 

My Blue Bird Day

I enjoy working at Blue Bird Day for many reasons, but my most memorable experiences have been collaborating with clients and their families to identify meaningful goals for therapy based on what is important to them.  Each child is so unique and amazing, and it is so special to see what motivates and inspires them to participate within their daily lives. 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. Use my skills as a research-informed clinician to support the advancement of pediatric processes of care at Blue Bird Day Program
  2. Complete Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) Certification 

Testimonials

From my clients:Andrea his current Occupational Therapist virtually has been such a gift for our family. I have learned so much from her about teaching my son and calming him, and comforting him. She has given me so much hope for him, through her exceptional teaching he is developing so many new skills.” Summer Day (