Jen Swanson, Occupational Therapist

Greetings!  I am Jen Swanson, occupational therapist for Coal City School District.   
I have worked as an occupational therapist for twenty years, 19 of which I have spent with the students in Coal City.  As an occupational therapist, I work with children to develop the skills they need to be as independent as possible in the jobs they have in their daily life, with a specific focus on their occupations at school. 
I currently evaluate and provide treatment and provide consultation for students and educational teams throughout the district.  I am also a member of the Preschool Diagnostic Team at the Early Childhood Center.
I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy, focused in pediatric neurology from the University of Indianapolis.  In addition to loving my work with the students and staff in Coal City, I enjoy teaching fitness, practicing yoga, traveling, and watching my kids swim and play baseball. 
Please contact me if you have any questions or if I can be of help to you and your students in any way!  
As holiday season approaches, I have had parents ask me what would be appropriate gifts to tell grandparents and family to get some of their littles for gifts.  Occupational Therapy Student Ahmad Hamdan has been working with our district since September and he compiled this great gift giving guide for reference.
Other items I would add include
  • Play Dough
  • Puzzles of any kind
  • Little people or characters for pretend play
  • Dress up clothes
  • Sticker books
And most importantly--enjoy having fun playing with the kids with whatever they receive!!
815-634-5042 x 3203
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