Credentials

Through educational, career opportunities and mentoring, I have gained extensive experience and background in Sensory Integration, the DIR/Floortime ® Model and the Neurorelational Framework. I am an expert DIR/Floortime ® Provider and Trainer. I am on the Faulty at ICDL educating and training other professionals on the DIR/Floortime ® Model and also tutor and mentor those who have completed their DIR/Floortime Certificate and require additional mentoring hours or for those who want to collaborate as professionals. I have had the opportunity to be mentored by Rosemary White, OTR/L and Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN, which has enriched my own clinical knowledge and the way that I work with families.

I completed my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada. Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA degree in Kinesiology. I am currently working towards my PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health and Development.

In addition to my clinical and teaching work I am very active presenting and guest lecturing on topics related to Autism and other developmental and learning disorders. You can reach me at dana@thekidtherapist.com if you are interested in having me consult or lecture for your group.

Professional Accomplishments

• Owner, Dana L. Johnson Pediatric Therapy Services, PLLC, Tampa, FL
• Pediatric Occupational Therapist – All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL
• Pediatric Occupational Therapist – Let’s Talk Speech and Language Services, Raleigh, NC
• Pediatric Occupational Therapist – Simcoe County Schools, ON, Canada

Lectures and Presentations

• DIR/Floortime® Introduction – Fundamental Therapy Solutions, Gainesville, FL
• Presentation entitled “The Development of the Parent: The Child’s Contribution” with Dr. Claudia Gold, MD – ICDL Conference November 2012
• Presentation entitled “How to Stop Your Head from Spinning! Using the Neurorelational Framework to Organize and Understand Multidisciplinary, Relationship-Based Treatment of Children with Complex Symptom Profiles – Early Childhood Council of Hillsborough County, Inc.
• Guest Lecturer – Hillsborough Catholic Schools Preschool Program, Tampa, FL
• Presentation Entitled: Supporting Children with Asperger’s Disorder in the School Setting – Hillsborough Catholic District Schools, Tampa, FL
• Presentation Entitled: Rethinking OT in the School – Tampa Day School, Tampa, FL
• Guest Lecturer for All Children’s Hospital Physical Therapy Dept. – “Autism and Sensory Processing: Impact on Treatment of the Pediatric Client”
• Guest Lecturer for All Children’s Hospital Occupational Therapy Dept. – “DIR/Floortime ® Model: How can we use it in practice?”
• Guest Lecturer – “Sensory Integration Therapy in Clinical Practice” Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada
• Contributing Author – Exceptional Possibilities, Summer 2006 – “Kids with Special Need Reach New Heights at Muskoka Woods”
• Presentation entitled: “Making Sense of the World Around Us” – Autism Parent Support Group, Raleigh, NC

Education

• Doctor of Philosophy (in progress) – Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders Graduate School, Kentfield, CA
• Master of Science – Occupational Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
• Master of Arts – Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, ON
Research
• Master’s Thesis – “Using a Child’s Occupations to Deliver Sensory Integration Treatment in their Home and School Environment”
Memberships
• Florida Department of Health – Occupational Therapy License # 13065
• National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists – Member # 233039
• Board Member – Family Partnerships, Tampa, FL
• America Occupational Therapy Association – Member #
Other Training
• 2014 – Integrated Listening System (iLs) Associate
• 2010 – DIR/Floortime ® Trainer and Faculty – ICDL, Bethesda, MD
• 2010 – DIR/Floortime ® Certificate, Expert Level – ICDL, Bethesda, MD
• 2009 – ICDL International Conference “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Works and Why?”
• 2008 – Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism” – Dr. Jay Berk, Ph.D
• 2008 – “Pediatric Upper Extremity Static Splinting” – Toni Thompson, MA, OTR/L, BCP
• 2008 – “Filling in the Gaps: Using the S.T.E.P.S.I. to Treat Sensory Modulation Dysfunction” – Tamsen Gooch, OTR/L
• 2008 – Certified Infant Massage Instructor – CIMI Training, Diana L. Moore, MS, LMT, CIMI
• 2008 – Neuroanatomy Review and Implications of Various Lesions Related to Pediatric Rehab – Bianca Hornik, PT & Abby Herd, OTR/L
• 2007 – The Learning Triad: How the Eyes, Hands and Cognition Impact Writing and Other School Activities – Mary Benbow
• 2006 – The Alert Program for Self-Regulation: “How does your engine run”? – Carla Cay Williams, OT/L