Halloween is a time for kids to dress up in fun costumes, however, this may be very uncomfortable for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Kids with SPD may find certain clothing uncomfortable due to tactile sensitivities. This may range from kid-to-kid; some kids may prefer to wear loose fitted clothing, some may prefer to […]
About Ashlen Meyer
Ashlen Meyer is an Occupational Therapist who has passion working with the pediatric population and assisting children to be as independent as possible in their everyday life.
Ashlen earned her Bachelor of Science of Occupational Science and Master of Occupational Therapy from Saint Louis University. She has extensive experience working with children with disabilities. Ashlen completed her level II fieldwork at Therapeutic Links, which is an outpatient occupational therapy pediatric clinic. She worked with children ages 2-21 years old with a multitude of diagnoses including autism, down syndrome, epilepsy, ADHD, coordination disorders, developmental disorders, sensory processing disorders, and shaken baby syndrome. She has a strong passion for developing inclusion within the community and has multiple experiences within this area.
Ashlen was awarded the Julie Holmes Memorial Award in December of 2014 through St. Louis University’s Occupational Therapy Department for professional excellence in service to the community, especially children with disabilities and their families. This award recognized her commitment to volunteerism and spirit of advocacy for occupational justice.
Ashlen served with Teen Connections, which is a group affiliated with the Occupational Therapy Department at St. Louis University that promotes social competency for teenagers who are on the Autism Spectrum. Ashlen also currently serves at the Chapel’s Children’s Ministry, specifically working with children who have disabilities, facilitating fine motor skills and sensory aspects in order to further their understanding of daily lessons.
Ashlen worked with LifeBridge Partnership as a Recreation Supervisor for 3 years promoting community participation and inclusion for children with disabilities. She also has extensive experience working with individuals with Autism. She worked as a personal assistant and job coach for a young adult with Autism for 3 ½ years assisting with daily living activities, participation within the community, necessary job skills, and transportation.
Within our day and age, technology can be used in many ways to facilitate daily functional skills. In regards to occupational therapy, there are many apps that can be used to facilitate and reinforce occupational therapy concepts at home with your child. The following apps are great for facilitating listening skills, transitions, attending to tasks, […]