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Tics and Pandemic: Practical Strategies During Home Quarantine

Among the chaos of home quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, parenting a child with tics can feel overwhelming. This webinar discusses practical and informal occupational therapy strategies to help with self-regulation, executive functioning difficulties and tic management strategies during this unfamiliar and uncertain​ time.  The focus of this program is to provide practical, everyday strategies to assist children on managing life skills necessary for everyday living.

About Heather Simpson

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Heather Simpson, OTD, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist at UF Health Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases in Gainesville, Florida. Heather serves as the UF Health Tourette Center of Excellence Coordinator. Dr. Simpson has a pediatric specialty from the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been treating adults and children with tic & Tourette Disorders for over eight years. Dr. Simpson is an expert in occupational therapy management and CBIT for tic disorders. She has participated in multiple small research studies related to occupational and daily life functioning for those living with tic disorders. She is a member of the Behavioral Therapy Institute-TS faculty as recognized by the Tourette Association.

About Shannon Floyd

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Shannon Floyd, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who operates a private outpatient business, Floyd Pediatric Therapy & Intervention for Tic Disorders, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Shannon specializes in the treatment of children with Tic Disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Prior to setting her focus on CBIT, Shannon’s previous 17 years of experience specialized in the treatment of children with sensory integration difficulties and developmental delays. She has practiced in a variety of settings including schools and outpatient clinics. In an effort to make occupational therapy services more accessible to students, Shannon developed programs in various settings, such as private schools. Since becoming CBIT certified in 2017, Shannon also developed CBIT programs at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans (Northshore Campus) as well as at an outpatient sensory integration clinic, Pediatric Therapy Northshore, in Mandeville, Louisiana. Shannon is currently working in conjunction with Lyttle Fox Therapy, in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, to set up a CBIT program at their outpatient therapy clinic. She is a member of a Tourette Syndrome working group with Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The working group serves as a platform for various medical professionals specialized in the treatment of this population, to collaborate on ways to improve the quality of care of the Tourette Syndrome population in Tennessee.