Catie R, MS, DT

Developmental Therapy Department Head

Blue Bird Day and Catie B

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2014

Education

Masters of Science in Child Development
Erikson Institute

Bachelors in Psychology
DePaul University

 

Credentials and Certification 

  • Early Intervention Specialist- Developmental Therapy 
  • DIR Floortime Certified 
  • The Alert Program Certified 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified  

Clinical Expertise

  • Therapeutic Use of Self and the Intentional Relationship Model 
  • Sensory Integration 
  • DIR/Floortime 

Publications

(Jan 2020) Spinning Teacups and the Vestibular System.

(Feb 2020) Line Dances.

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My Story

I always knew that I wanted to work with children, and it was right after I graduated from DePaul that I discovered Developmental Therapy specifically. I was walking past a child development center one day, decided to go in out of curiosity, and walked out after 2 hours of talking with the owner with a wealth of new knowledge plus an internshipThe fluid and holistic nature of Developmental Therapy is what drew me to this specialtyplus, with an emphasis on relationship-based therapy and social-emotional development, I also love the fun, play-based nature of DT sessions! 

My Blue Bird Day

Eyas Landing was my first job after graduate school.  We were a very small clinic at that time, and I was hired to help build the program that would eventually become Blue Bird Day.  Starting with only the shared vision of building a bridge between Early Intervention and mainstream schools, and an initial classroom of just 7 kiddos, it has been such an honor to work on this team and watch as Blue Bird grew into the incredible intensive therapy program it is today! So many children, families, and professionals have come through Blue Bird’s doors since our start and made a lasting change in both my personal and professional development. 

My Blue Bird Day Goals

  1. To continue to work towards bringing more children and families access to Blue Bird Day’s critical programming. 
  2. To continue to increase my professional education on trauma-informed care for children and families. 
  3. To increase my professional education on reflex integration and the impact of poorly integrated reflexes on development as a whole. 
  4. To improve my comfort and performance with public speaking. 

Testimonials

I’d like to nominate Monal for being an all-around supportive team member. She has been doing such a great job in her department head role supporting her OT team and being so dedicated to her entire BBD team! We all appreciate your easygoing spirit and welcoming nature- thanks Monal!

My Peers