Jennifer Hein, OTR/L
Jennifer Hein is the occupational therapy Supervisor and DIR model Expert Clinician at Soaring Eagle Academy. As an occupational therapist for 18 years, she has worked in private practice and the school setting specializing working with children and families using the DIRFloortime® and sensory integration theoretical models. She is SIPT certified and has completed the DIR model certification receiving trainer status through the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning and Profectum Organization. She has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout her career including supervisor of program development, lead clinical supervisor, clinical director of a private practice as well as starting her own practice. In these roles, she has focused on developing programs to support caregiver-child interactions through incorporating innovative and unique occupational therapy interventions individualized to meet the needs of families. In addition to helping parents understand the unique and individual sensory and motor profiles of his/her child, Jennifer is passionate about teaching health care professionals and has supervised and mentored numerous professionals throughout her career. She has provided direct training, supervision and coaching to professionals including occupational therapy students, occupational therapists, teachers, mental health workers, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and paraprofessionals. In addition, she has co-taught a class in Developmental Interventions at the Erikson Institute of Chicago. She has also presented numerous presentations throughout her career around Chicago and in the Washington, DC area. She was chosen to present a poster presentation at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy in Santiago, Chile in 2010.