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 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


• 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
• Master’s Thesis – “Using a Child’s Occupations to Deliver Sensory Integration Treatment in their Home and School Environment”
• 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