I believe that my professional and life experience has led me in a perfect path toward effective educational advocacy for children. I graduated from Tufts University's School of Occupational Therapy with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) in 1996. In my early career as a therapist I worked with children of all ages from infants in NICU settings through young adults who were transitioning to college, employment, or adult service programs. My experience includes: early intervention, acute and subacute pediatric rehabilitation, and outpatient clinics. For 4 years, I was a member of two independent evaluation teams at the Franciscan Hospital for Children. In this capacity, I gained further broad based exposure to the individual experiences of families negotiating their child's educational programming in the face of a wide variety of disability challenges.
I have greatly enjoyed providing direct and consultative services as an OT in a Massachusetts public school system. As a public school insider, I gained intimate knowledge of the operations and functioning of the schools and school based teams. One of my greatest professional strengths is my desire to acquire new experiences by bringing my skill set into new fresh settings in order to help solve problems. To this extent, in the schools, I serviced students with a huge, comprehensive array of disability challenges from mild to global and severe.
My experience includes but is not limited to working with students aged 2.9 through 22 years coping with: fine motor and visual motor delays, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Muscular Dystrophy, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia & Dysgraphia, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorders as well as students with multiple, severe global delays and disabilities. I have worked in inclusive settings, integrated and substantially separate classrooms, out of district placements, in students' homes and in the community in order to support students in accessing their curriculum and making measurable progress.
In the community, I advocate for architectural access for disabled citizens as a volunteer Community Access Monitor for the Massachusetts Office on Disability and assist clients through Massachusetts Advocates for Children. I am proud to be a top local fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. I also have personal experience with disability.
As an educational advocate, I combine my expertise on disability and function with my understanding of the process, procedures and regulations governing special education in order to support students and families.
I look forward to sharing my positive energy, tenacity, and expertise with you and your school district in order to meet your child's educational needs.
Beth M. Walsh, MS, OTR/L
Beth M. Walsh, OTR/L
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