Taylor L, MS, DT
Therapy Case Manager, Senior Developmental Therapist
Blue Bird Day Employee Since 2015
Masters of Science in Child Development
Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies
Purdue University Northwest
Credentials and Certification
- Early Intervention Specialist- Developmental Therapy
- Certified Educator of Infant Massage
- Certified Infant Massage Instructor
- Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention Certified
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- Specialization in infancy & child development from birth- 3 years
- Developmental Therapy
- Facilitating Attuned Interactions Approach (FAN)
- DIR Floortime
(Jun 2020) What Is A Developmental Therapist?
(Feb 2020) Benefits of Infant Massage For The Growing Child.
I wouldn’t call how I ended up in this field an actual story. Right out of high school, I was struggling to find a major that just felt “right.” I stumbled upon the Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and finally felt I found my calling. After about two years of switching majors, I finally found something I really enjoyed learning about, wanted to grow in, and finally had a passion for. My professors at PNW inspired me to continue my education, which led me to my graduate studies and to Chicago!
My Blue Bird Day
I started at Blue Bird Day as a therapeutic assistant, just trying to get by during graduate school. During my times as a TA, Blue Bird Day and all the amazing therapists I was able to work under have all been such a huge part in making me the person and therapist I am today. Once I graduated with my Masters, I was ready to keep learning under the company that supported and taught me as a TA. Being able to see not only my growth here at BBD, but all the kids grow year after year has really inspired me!
My Blue Bird Day Goals
- Continuing my DIR Floortime certification
From my peer: I have had the opportunity to work closely with Taylor and collaborate on treatment goals during virtual sessions. She has added that cool perspective on play that these kiddos have needed. Her attention to detail on skills has been such a strength in developing new programs and I have really enjoyed collaborating and integrating therapy together!
From my supervisor: Taylor has been a part of the Blue Bird family since nearly the beginning. It has been such a privilege to watch her natural instincts as a TA develop into the knowledgeable and reflective practice of a seasoned therapist. Taylor puts her heart into action with every single client, and her passion shows through in their progress. -Catie Rueth, Developmental Therapy Department Head