Elizabeth Burns, ITDS, EI, DT
Elizabeth Burns owns and operates a pediatric therapy agency, Creative Speech Solutions & Therapy. We are the largest early step providers in the state of Florida. She sits on the board of directors for CATCH of Brevard to help grow and fund the Birth-3 program. She practices as a Developmental Therapist with children birth-five. She has a passion for working with children in their natural environment to have the opportunity to coach and educate caregivers to help children reach their fullest potential.
She started an Instagram and Facebook page “Begin with Play” to help with providers with tools to incorporate into their sessions.
Elizabeth has had the opportunity to professionally work with children with children with Developmental Delays, Feeding/Oral Motor Disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, Apraxia, Language-Based Literacy Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Medically Fragile Children, Cerebral Palsy, Motor Delays, Social Delays. She has received specialized training in Feeding assessment/intervention, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, The Floortime Method, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, basic sign language, and the Picture Exchange Communication System.
She is proud to be a Fine Motor Bootcamp ambassador because she has been implementing this program for years in Early Head Starts, Headstarts and into the family’s home. It is such an easy way to provide teachers, caregivers and providers effective carry over with everyday items.
During her down time, she loves to travel and go to Disney.
Linda S. Kinkade, OTR
This year marks Linda's 30th year as a School Based Occupational Therapist. As you can imagine, she has been involved in many changes over 3 decades including the move from pull-out services to seeing students in their classrooms and natural environments.
Before become an OTR, Linda graduated as a COTA so she understands all aspects of provision of services. Several years ago, AOTA created a Cadre of School Based Therapists and Linda was a part of this group to assist in the implementation of IDEA at the local level and to also provide a multidisciplinary team network in this setting. Her life motto is 'never stop learning and changing!' In 2015, when FMBC came out, Linda wrote and was awarded a grant to purchase this program. She instantly saw so many benefits and replicated the materials to place FMBC in each of the special needs preschool classes her school corporation serves. Last year she was awarded the grant again and was able to place FMBC in each developmental Kindergarten and Life-Skills classroom she serves. There are so many foundational activities with FMBC that apply to both in person and virtual students and not just the ones on her caseload! 'Teachers are happy to receive these items and are ready to implement the tasks when I bring FMBC to them already prepared!', said Linda. This program supports the trans-disciplinary model that helps students succeed their potential the fastest!
Sisters, Amy & Evelyn Guttman
Amy and Evelyn Guttmann, OTR/L, sister pediatric occupational therapists, have been treating families and children with over 40 years of experience between them.
Graduates of SUNY Health Science Center of New York, they currently run Hands on OT Rehab in Brooklyn, NY, a private practice focused on treating children with anxiety and processing delays, as well as a practice focused on training and educating therapists, pediatricians, educators, and parents. They have evaluated over 5,000 children and have been guest lecturers in some of the most prominent universities around the country.
Their specialty trainings include: Sensory Integration, NDT training, reflex integration, auditory processing specialization, and behavioral management. They are currently conducting research on sensory processing disorder and anxiety diagnosis.
They are also hosts of the podcast "Quiet the Noise"
Amy and Evelyn are the Founders of Hands On Parents - a non-profit that will educate and empower prevention in anxiety and developmental delays.