Karina Salenger – MS OTRL – Occupational Therapist
For Karina, being an occupational therapist is much more than a job. It means showing up each day with understanding, perspective, patience, humility, flexibility, creativity and energy. Showing up in a meaningful way requires a commitment to being of service and to having integrity, as well as a commitment to personal self-care, wellness, mindfulness and reflection. In her practice, she uses relationship and play to motivate the children she works with. She provides education, support, and encouragement to parents and invites them to engage in the therapeutic process at home. Her preferred style of therapy is a child-led, adult-directed approach that provides a safe, child-friendly structure as needed to alleviate anxiety and minimize avoidant behaviors.
Karina specializes in movement-based therapy, incorporating reflex and sensory integration techniques and games that re-pattern the central nervous system. This re-patterning, or organization of the sensory-motor system, improves postural awareness, sensory processing, fine-motor and gross-motor skills, self-regulation, social engagement, anxiety and attention. Karina has also developed a novel technique, utilizing an adaptive pencil, which has been helpful to her clients for improving their handwriting skills.
Since completing her master’s degree, Karina has invested a lot into her professional learning and she continues to do so. She has received training in SOS Approach to Feeding, Interactive Metronome, Get Permission Approach to Feeding, Building Blocks for Sensory Integration, Auditory Defensiveness, Integrated Listening Systems, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, Positive Discipline Approach, Trauma Informed Care, ALERT Program, Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking Superflex Curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears, Size Matters, Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome and Picture Exchange Communication System.