Heather Ajzenman received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. She has experience working with children from birth to 21 years of age using a family-centered, evidence-based approach addressing all functional needs of each child and family.
She has worked with diverse populations including children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing challenges, ADHD and executive functioning disorders, cerebral palsy and/or other types of acquired brain injuries, children impacted by abuse and/or neglect, and a variety of other neurological and/or genetic disorders in early intervention, daycare/preschools, and outpatient settings.
Heather is a DIRFloortime® Basic Certified provider through the the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). Her treatment is focused on families building relationships with their children through shared engagement, creating connections, and developing trust for emotional and intellectual growth. She also integrates a variety of other treatment principles including sensory processing strategies, self-care development, cognitive-behavioral approaches, and motor learning and neurodevelopmental treatment strategies.
Heather separately offers equine-assisted occupational therapy including incorporation of hippotherapy in a different setting and is working towards her Hippotherapy Clinical Specialty Certification. She currently sits on two boards regarding research and continued development of integrating hippotherapy into practice, including the American Hippotherapy Association Board and the Horse and Human Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Council. She published a study in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy in 2013 on hippotherapy and children with autism spectrum disorders.
Heather enjoys spending her free time training her two horses up the levels of dressage as well as hiking, kayaking, and camping with her fiancé and dog.