Jessica Hanna holds a clinical certificate of competence of Occupational Therapy practice from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy as well as professional licensure in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She obtained her B.A. from the University of Miami (FL) and an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University.
Jessica has over 10 years of pediatric OT experience in conducting assessments and providing treatment of children and adolescents with a broad range of challenges and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, executive function deficits and developmental disorders of motor function.
Prior to joining NESCA, Jessica trained and worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, private practice, schools and homes. She has served on interdisciplinary treatment teams and worked closely with schools, medical staff and other service providers in coordinating care. In addition, Jessica provided occupational therapy services at Perkins School for the Blind and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital pediatric inpatient unit, where she conducted comprehensive evaluations and interventions for children with a broad range of presentations.
Competencies include knowledge of human body and behavior to sensory processing difficulties, medical conditions and how they affect function, clinical assessment and creative interventions, as well as comprehensive assessments. Clinical interests include executive function, dyspraxia deficits to provide children with skills and adaptations to participate and provide inclusion in daily living activities, play and extracurricular peer/community sport groups, with a strong focus on pediatric bike riding skill development.
Jessica has also participated in professional development in the following modalities: Therapeutic Listening program, Handwriting Without Tears, Pediatric Kinesiology Taping and Handling, Therapeutic Brushing Techniques, Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) training, and Concussion and Mild TBI intervention techniques.
Jessica Hanna is bilingual and speaks Spanish.
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