Barbara Greenspan, MS, OTR has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She graduated from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and completed her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Education at Columbia University in 1998.
Barbara has worked at world-renowned hospitals including The New York University Medical Center and The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City where she treated both children and adults. Her most recent experience was in a clinic-based pediatric private practice in Greenwich, Connecticut working with children from birth to 13 years old. Barbara has also had the opportunity to treat both children and adults in their homes since 1995 and also enjoys seeing clients in their “natural environments” where they are often more comfortable and able to demonstrate their “real life” activities of daily living.
Extensive lecturing at universities in the Northeast including New York University, Columbia University and The State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center has been a passion of Barbara’s. Directors of local preschools and private schools in Connecticut have also benefited from her lectures on child development, sensory integration and development of handwriting skills. She has also had the opportunity to speak to parenting groups to educate parents about the benefits of movement for young children.
Barbara feels strongly about participating in high quality continuing education courses and puts great value on staying current with advances in the field via courses and reading research articles and books. She has participated in over 35 conferences in her career including those in sensory integration, Autism, handwriting, cognitive rehabilitation and more.
For the past year, Barbara has had the pleasure of serving as an “expert” amongst a team of pediatric professionals for an internet-based toy company called ‘ebeanstalk’. (visit website). This provides her the opportunity to analyze toys for their developmental qualities and to recommend quality toys to consumers who are interested in buying age-appropriate toys for children.
Since bike riding is a passion of Barbara’s, she feels strongly that children need to learn important skills such as riding and jumping rope. Skills like these help in brain development and overall body coordination while laying the groundwork for leisure skills throughout a lifetime. In the spring of 2007, she took on the challenge to teach a group of children with special needs how to ride bicycles.
Barbara is a parent of two school age children and resides in Westport, Connecticut. Her passion is her work as an occupational therapist and she thrives on making connections and changes with one child at a time.
American Occupational Therapy Association
Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association
Sensory Integration International
Westport Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA)
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Certified in the administration of The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT)
Certified in Sensory Integration Evaluation and Treatment
Handwriting Without Tears-The Print Tool