MEET OUR NEW OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, SARAH AND KATY!
KATHLEEN KINNAVY, M.S. OTR/L
I recently moved to Seattle from New York City and I am excited to be a part of the Northshore Pediatric Therapy team! I have experience working with children from birth to 21 in both school-based and clinic-based settings. I strongly believe in the power of movement for learning, and I love to be active with my clients in therapy sessions. I have been trained in Handwriting Without Tears, sensory integration, and primitive reflex integration, and I am currently working to become a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor.
Outside of work, I love to go hiking and camping. I am very excited to have relocated to the PNW and I am enjoying exploring all the outdoor activities available here!
SARAH JOHNSON, OTR/L
Sarah graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Occupational Therapy. She began her career at a physical rehabilitation center, working with adults rehabilitating from strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and orthopedic surgeries. After having her two daughters, Sarah experienced firsthand the challenges of raising a child with sensory sensitivities, which led her to pursue a practice focused on the pediatric population. She has worked in private practice and school-based settings with pre-school, elementary and middle school students whose daily lives were affected by various disabilities and sensory needs. Most recently, Sarah served students and their families at Sorenson Early Learning Center in the Northshore School District.
Sarah maintains her National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBOTC) credentials. She is a licensed practitioner in the state of Washington and holds a current Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certification from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Sarah is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and the Washington Occupational Therapy Association (WOTA).
Sarah has a special interest and continuing education training in Zones of Regulation, a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. She also has training in the Size Matters handwriting program, and Sensory Processing Disorders. Sarah loves creating engaging therapeutic activities designed to promote improved fine motor skills, visual-motor skills, and heavy work activities designed to promote reorganization and calming of the central nervous system for self-regulation of body and emotions. In addition, Sarah has training in Mindfulness-based interventions to supplement therapy.
Sarah has lived in the Bothell area for 15 years, actively participating in her daughters’ educational careers within the Northshore School District. Sarah spends her free time exploring the beauty of nature with her partner and two teenaged daughters, working in the yard, baking, hanging out with the family dog and two silly cats, and going to concerts at various venues in Seattle.
WHAT WE DO
At Northshore Pediatric Speech and Language Therapy, we provide evidence-based, family-centered services that meet the communication needs of children of all ages. Our therapists have experience in the following areas:
Motor Speech Disorders (including Childhood Apraxia of Speech)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (e.g. PECS, speech output devices, etc.)
Tongue Thrust Remediation