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Every Voice Matters: Empowering Non-Speaking Members of the Autism Community


Join Dr. Holmes and Jess Sibley of Minds in Motion as they discuss changes and observations in the OT field as it pertains to the autism community. Jess Sibley focuses on motor coaching in her OT practice and discusses the importance of supports for the non-speaking community. Non-speaking members feel isolated from society; what can we do to include this part of our community more?

Jess Sibley graduated with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University in 2011. Her career began as a movement assistant at a small non-profit school, The Hirsch Academy, where she was able to develop her love for creating strong relationships, a playful spirit and through her empathetic nature came to appreciate the parent perspective. Her passion is supporting clients in developing strength and coordination through exercise, improving social engagement with others and developing motor skills to allow more meaningful engagement in life. She continues to enjoy collaborating with schools, working with parents, supporting her clients and creating more opportunities for social interactions.

Minds in Motion is a small private occupational therapy clinic founded in 2015 by Jessica Sibley M.S., OTR/L. We are dedicated to supporting the goals set forth by both the individual and the family. We focus on skills relating, but not limited to: body awareness, strength, coordination, gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, bilateral integration, crossing midline, finding hobbies and interests, engaging in groups and communicating with one another.

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