Dr. Laura Mraz, OTD, OTR/L

CEO and Occupational Therapist

Blue Bird Day CEO and Laura Mraz

Established Blue Bird Day (2014) and Eyas Landing (2007)


Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelors in Psychology
Loyola University of Chicago

Credentials and Certification 

  • Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist  
  • Developmental Therapist Certification 
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) Certification 
  • Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified 
  • CPR/First Aid Certified 
  • The Listening Program Certified Provider-Bone Conduction 
  • Credentialed Early Intervention Specialist with Evaluator Credential 

Clinical Expertise

  • Leadership and Management 
  • Therapeutic Use of Self and the Intentional Relationship Model 
  • Sensory Integration 


2020 New Alumni Award

University of Illinois Chicago Applied Health Science

2017 SPARK Autism Hero Award


2017-2019 Top Autism Speaks Chicago Walk Sponsor

Autism Speaks Chicago 

Expertise Best Preschool in Chicago

Blue Bird Day

2007 Mulcahy Research Scholar

Loyola University of Chicago

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My Story

I discovered the field of Occupational Therapy when teaching English in China in 2003. While a preschool teacher in Shanghai, I was fortunate to work with a young child with autism and his occupational therapist. The experience changed my life and after returning back to USA, I was determined to become a successful occupational therapist and make an impact on young children’s livesIn 2007, I established Eyas Landing where I first provided developmental therapy services for children in Early Intervention and have since grown the company to offer a wide range of therapy services that are provided in the clinic, home, school, daycare and virtually. While working with families across these settings, my colleagues and I noticed a need within our community for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary preschool program and established Blue Bird Day in 2014It’s been an amazing journey since the moment I knew my calling and I couldn’t be happier that I not only listened but have accomplished exactly what I am meant to do.  

My Blue Bird Day

I really enjoy seeing the growth within our children and families each year, but it is also incredible to see the growth and transformation within our therapists as they thrive in our supportive, nurturing and collaborative environment