Michelle Pegler

Bachelor’s of Education in Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University
Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy, Queen’s University
Credentials include MSc OT Reg. (Ont.). & Registered Occupational Therapist (US)

Registered, in good standing, of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO)
Member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT)
Registered, in good standing, with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

Other Pertinent training outside of your credential:
Sensory Integration USC Part 2: SI Evaluation and Clinical Reasoning
Sensory Integration USC Part 1: SI Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Reasoning
Evaluation and Treatment of Children with Eating and Feeding Disorders 2017
BLS/CPR for Healthcare Providers 2017
NDT for Autism 2015 D.I.R 202: Promoting Higher Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities 2015
Up and Down the Worry Hill: Child Friendly CBT for Anxiety in Children & Adolescents 2014
S.O.S Feeding Training (Advanced): Food Scientist Model 2014
S.O.S Feeding Training (Advanced): Feeding the Child on the Autism Spectrum 2014
S.O.S Feeding Training (Basic) 2014
D.I.R 201: Promoting Basic Functional Emotional Developmental Capacities

Career Highlights:
I have worked with children with disabilities, with a special interest in children on the autism spectrum, for over 13 years, first as an Early Childhood Educator and now as Occupational Therapist. Upon graduating from OT school in 2013 I was awarded the Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Practice, Overall Excellence in OT placements, and the Cora E. Hewitt Award (Academic Excellence).
I have worked in Jamaica with a small rehab team, Canada in clinics, schools, homes and a developmental assessment clinic, and in the US for Easter Seals where I successfully treated many problem feeders on the autism spectrum with a variety of sensory differences and oral motor difficulties

Years of Experience (in general): 6 as an OT

Length of Time with ISAND: Just starting

Position at ISAND: Occupational Therapist in the feeding clinic

Any areas of Specialization:
While OT’s are generalists I have dedicated my career to the assessment and treatment of children on the autism spectrum in the following areas feeding, dressing, grooming, school and classroom participation, and building on their reciprocity in play and in life.

Professional Accomplishments ( at least one):
While at Easter Seals, in California, I successfully coached therapists to apply DIR Floortime method in treatment to enhance the reciprocity of children on the spectrum. I also successfully coached many parents on how to enhance the feeding repertoire of their children through a child lead, play based approaches. I have also recently begun working on a developmental assessment team, assessing children for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What brought you to ISAND:
I have known about ISAND for many years and was very excited to hear that they were developing a feeding clinic and can’t wait to get started!

What do you really like about ISAND:
I love the interdisciplinary approach at the clinic

A little bit about who you are outside of ISAND – hobbies and interests
I am a runner, I love half marathons and in the summer won first in my age division in Toronto, and am just about to compete in my first marathon! I am also an avid meditator and love learning about the creatures in the ocean and how to help them!

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