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Place Category: Occupational Therapists
Wendy Kolar has worked over 25 years with people and children with differences, and their families. She was sensory certified under the tutelage of Ann Fisher and Anita Bundy, authors of Sensory Integration and the Child, in 1991. Her M.Ed. is from the Erikson Institute of Child Development in Chicago. She has worked in numerous settings, both abroad and domestically.
For the last ten years, she has taught and conducted instructional and reflective practice workshops for multidisciplinary providers for the State of Illinois Early Intervention System. She was certified as a Relationship Developmental Interventionist for the development of co-regulated relationships for children and adults with autism in 2011.
Wendy has a special interest in the role that one’s sensory profile can make in the development of ‘personality,’ emotional regulation and ultimately life choices and relationships. She is particularly interested in the way in which sensory variances can impact social participation and effectiveness. Wendy is also passionate about the positive impact that understanding and clarification can provide, and the creative coping adaptations that can result from this understanding.
Wendy has always been interested in the experience of families as they negotiate this journey, with or without quality resources and support. She is hoping to pursue more study on the relationship between sensory processing and emotional regulation, and how cognitive strategies can impact regulation. Wendy has trained hundreds of professionals in understanding sensory processing and behavior, and is particularly interested in psychological strategies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can dovetail with sensory regulation strategies to provide optimum opportunities for positive outcomes.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Wendy is also a mom of two intelligent, promising and creative teens, a son diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette’s, and characteristics of misophonia, and a daughter with OCD. It is her ‘life’s mission’ to find a way to provide families the foundation, information and understanding they may need to structure happy, balanced lives.