Mommy. Occupational Therapist. Child Development Nerd.
Hi, I'm Rachel.
I've been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for 9 years with 5 of those years devoted solely to infants and toddlers. And then I became a parent and things got really interesting. I am in child development nerd heaven...and facing all the challenges of new parenthood.
Just like you, I'm trying to be the best parent I can be. And I know it's much easier to be confident in your parenting and to have fun with your baby when you understand a bit about infant development. I'm here to help you better understand what babies can do! And to share my parenting journey and support you in yours.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Exercise Science from Furman University and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.
Child development has always been a passion and is the catalyst for receiving advanced training in infant neurodevelopment, Torticollis (neck asymmetry common in infants) and Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome), infant and early childhood feeding issues, and sensory processing disorders.
I've participated in research and humanitarian efforts in Romanian orphanages, where the effects of early movement and play deprivation are extreme. I will never forget the feeling of taking 2-year-old Vasile outside for the first time in his life. It changed me.
I'm a real mom.
I constantly forget clothes in the washer and have to rewash sour loads. My baby cries and sometimes I don't know why. I see stylish moms and moms without dog hair on their pants and I feel self-conscious. I'm not always doing a new and exciting activity with my kids. Sometimes we just cuddle up and read "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" for the 300th time.
Follow me on Instagram to peek behind the scenes of the CanDo Kiddo.