Monal P, MS, OTR/L

Head of Occupational Therapy Department

Blue Bird Day Staff and Monal

Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2015

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

Credentials and Certification 

  • 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 

Publications

(Jan 2020) Spinning Teacups and the Vestibular System.

(Feb 2020) Line Dances.

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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 reasearch 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 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.  

My Blue Bird Day 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. 

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