Katie Zelinski

Occupational Therapist OTR/L

Katie Zelinski

Occupational Therapist OTR/L

What would you do even if you didnʼt get paid to do?

Educate others. Create (I crochet, make jewelry, paint water colors – anything that results in a pretty, or sometimes not so much, finished piece).

What are you surprisingly good at?

Air Hockey

Whatʼs the biggest proof that youʼre good at what you do?

Every single time a child graduates from therapy it’s proof that they have gained functional skills, are more independent than when they started therapy, have better regulation strategies and that the parents have the tools to support their children.

How long have you been working in your field?

I have been working for the last 5 years in the areas of early intervention (0-3 years old), school based service, and outpatient pediatrics (sensory integration clinic).

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?

Family education. As much as we are treating a child we are also supporting the parents throughout the entire process. As an OT I am helping them learn the tools and strategies that work best with their littles and encouraging them be a strong advocate for their child.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

Being patient, having a calm voice and building trust with my kids.

What licenses, certifications and/or special training do you hold?

Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration. Additional Training in MNRI (reflex integration), various sensory processing courses, and Handwriting without Tears

How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personally?

I have been working with children in various environments for the last 25 years. Starting with babysitting, then working as a teacher assistant in a special needs class, to volunteering at a pediatric clinic. I always knew I wanted to work with kids but it took a little while longer to figure out that I wanted to be an OT. Once that was decided, my career in pediatrics was set.