Monal P, MS, OTR/L

West Loop Clinic Director, Occupational Therapist
Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2015

Credentials and Certifications

  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • BLS CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • Therapeutic Listening 
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding 
  • 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher 

Clinical Expertise

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

My Story

Early on, I knew I had to work with children  their resilience, curiosity, adaptability and the wonder in which they saw everyday things like bubbles was inspiring. I focused my undergraduate career on childhood development and family dynamics within psychology, always keeping in mind how the parts make up a whole – family, friends, extracurricular activities, community and hobbies all contribute to how an individual develops his or her sense of selfAfter some research in various healthcare fields, I was fortunate enough to learn about occupational therapy. OT has been a field that has never ceased to spark my curiosity, has solidified my ability to see the magic in bubbles, and has brought the importance of a wholistic point of view to the forefront of my daily interactions with clients, families and colleagues.  

My Education

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Minor in Human Development and Family Services
The Ohio State University

My Blue Bird Day

Blue Bird Day has been as much a place for growth and development for me as it has been for our clients. I am continually in awe of the work everyone puts into their roles here. There is reward in seeing my colleagues bring their own expertise to the team to help each client develop holistically. The ultimate joy, for me, is watching the kids build friendships with their peers when maybe, not too long ago, friendships and play-dates felt like a distant dream for our families.  

Professional Goals

  1. Continue to build my clinical skills to best support my clients and their families 
  2.  Increase clinical management skills to better support the BBD OT team in their treatment, evaluation, and collaboration.
  3.  Continue to expand my knowledge on play-centered therapy and its role in social-emotional development to better help my clients actualize their roles as peers, playmates, and siblings.

Blue Bird Day

Blue Bird Day fosters socialization, sensory regulation, and pre-academic learning in children ages 2–7 years in therapeutic rotations that simulate  preschool and kindergarten settings. Our compassionate therapists practice a relationship-based and family-centered approach, provide parent training, and collaborate on goals and individualized intensive treatment plans for your child.

We believe in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary team approach to therapy.  A team of occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians, developmental therapists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, and therapeutic assistants are created for each child to ensure child and family are fully supported and the best possible results are achieved.  

Options for individualized, group and virtual therapy sessions are available as well. 

Want to learn more or you have a specific question? Feel free to connect with us here!