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Emily Laird


Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with her MSOT degree.  She has experience working in an alternative school for individuals with autism and mental health challenges, as well as in a clinical setting.  While pursuing her masters, Emily worked closely with families providing in-home therapy and respite to children with autism and special needs.  Emily believes that play is an important activity for both kids and adults, as it fosters creativity, connection, and confidence among other valuable qualities.  Her goal as an OT is to incorporate a variety of therapeutic approaches into shared play activities to support individuals as they seek to master new skills. Emily enjoys tuning in to the specific needs of each child in order to meet them where they are at and gently guide them in achieving their individual goals.  She is grateful to have a job that does not require her to do the exact same thing more than once and allows her to learn new things every day.  Emily’s background is in art and art education, and prior to becoming an occupational therapist, she worked as an elementary and middle school art teacher. 


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