TERESA GARLAND, MOT, OTR/L
Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author specializing in sensory and modulation issues. She has worked in schools, sensory clinics and medical settings with children and adults, treating sensory disorders, ADHD and autism. Ms. Garland works closely with other health professionals, teachers and doctors to understand and treat underlying sensory, timing, and coordination/motor planning issues as well as overlying socio/emotional behaviors in the symptoms of autism. She is trained/certified in the SIPT, Interactive Metronome®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness, the Natural Heart Approach, Mindfulness Training, and Food Chaining. Her bestselling books are titled Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014) and Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2016).
Financial: Teresa Garland is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Teresa Garland has written case studies for Interactive Metronome®. She writes a blog on self-regulation (otselfregulation.blogspot.com).
RONDALYN VARNEY WHITNEY, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist, educator, and researcher with over 20 years of experience. Her work focuses on the family as a system and she specializes in pediatric mental health and reducing barriers to family quality of life for families of children with autism and related disorders. Dr. Whitney is a prolific author, including Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's (TarcherPerigee, 2008); Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders (Prufrock Press, 2013); and Self-Regulation: A Family Systems Approach for Children with Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD & Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). She is a featured author in The Out of Sync Child Has Fun (TarcherPerigee, 2006), Sensory Focus Magazine, Today in OT and OT Practice.
Dr. Whitney presents nationally and internationally on ASD, sensory processing, family quality of life, therapeutic humor, social skills program development and related topics. She is a pioneer of innovative social programs which serve as a model for many programs utilized today. Dr. Whitney is a recognized leader in the American Occupational Therapy Association and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has an advanced practice designation in Feeding and Swallowing from the state of California. Dr. Whitney is an associate professor and chair of the OT Department at the Clarkson University in the North Country of New York. Her research interests are in family quality of life, family resilience, and sensory processing as a barrier or support to social participation.
Financial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney maintains a private consulting practice. She is an associate professor at Clarkson University. She is an author for Perigee Press, Prufrock Press, and PESI Publishing and Media and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupation Therapy Association of Maryland.
WENDY PICKREN, MS, OTR/L
Wendy Pickren, MS, OTR/L is a
co-founder of IT TAKES THE VILLAGE, a
collaborative interdisciplinary treatment
team providing occupational therapy,
psychological counseling, speech therapy,
and psychological and educational testing for children and
families needing extra help.