Emma Bell, MS, OTR/L
Emma Bell, MS, OTR/L
I attended Towson University’s 5 year Bachelors/Masters Occupational Therapy program and graduated with my Masters in 2019. While in the occupational therapy program, I completed my level 1 fieldwork placement at a pre-school. I co-treated with speech therapists, focusing on fine motor and visual motor development. I was paired with a speech therapy student and together our focus was to provide treatment plans for an individual student using both a speech language approach and an occupational therapy approach.
In college, I interned at Northwest Hospital, where I treated clients following surgery (hip, knee, and shoulder replacement), stroke, and other med/surg cases and prepared them for community re-entry or entry into a rehabilitation program. I also interned at Mosaic Community Services, an outpatient day program for adults with mental illness. I helped them become more independent in their daily lives by teaching money management skills, vocational skills, leisure exploration, and coping skills.
During my graduate year of school, I worked with classmates to create a community program at Maiden Choice School in Baltimore, MD. Maiden Choice School is a Baltimore County Public School that provides services for 3 to 21 year olds with cognitive disabilities. My team created a school-wide fashion show in which the students were an active part in preparing for the event, with a focus on pre-vocational skills, visual motor skills, and social interaction.
Prior to joining Frederick SLP, I worked for 2 years at an outpatient facility that treats both pediatrics and adults, with pediatrics being my primary caseload. I got to work side-by-side with physical therapists and speech therapists. I worked with children on the autism spectrum, as well as children with developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and a variety of other conditions. I treated adults with diagnoses of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and orthopedic conditions. Over the past year I became well versed in the world of teletherapy and have been helping children with skill development in the areas of self-care, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual motor skills, and sensory processing via in-clinic visits and Telehealth.
This year I became an SOS feeding provider and recently finished the advanced workshop on school age children with feeding difficulties. I plan to continue taking SOS advanced workshops and expanding my knowledge on feeding disorders. I hope to bring my knowledge of occupational therapy to Frederick SLP to provide children and adults with the tools and skills necessary to actively engage in their daily activities.