Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~ Fred Rogers~
Mary Haling Jensen is founder, director and therapist of In Touch Pediatric Therapy, PLLC. Known as "Molly" by friends, family and clients, Ms. Jensen has 30+ years of pediatric occupational therapy experience in multiple settings including Newborn ICU, Early Intervention, public schools, inpatient and outpatient hospital clinics, and in private practice. She is also a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage, and holds a Level 1 Certification in the Handwriting Without Tears "The Print Tool" evaluation. Ms. Jensen participated in the Intensive Mentorship program at the STAR Center under direction of Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, holding a Level I Clinical Reasoning in Intervention certification. She is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed by the state of Washington Department of Health.
Ms. Jensen has presented on the subjects of infant massage, handwriting, sensory integration and motor development at various conferences and workshops. Audiences have included occupational, physical and speech-language therapists, nursing staff, educators, physicians and parents. A graduate of Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she has continued to pursue post graduate continuing education in the areas of:
- Interoception Awareness (Kelly Mahler)
- Neuro-affirming approach to therapeutic relationships
- Trauma Informed Care for occupational therapists
- Infant Massage
- Integrated Listening Systems (TM) and Therapeutic Listening (TM)
- Comprehensive understanding of sensory processing disorders
- Zones of Regulation (TM) for self-regulation
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Social Thinking (TM)
Ms. Jensen and her husband have two daughters and have hosted several exchange students from all over the world. She has served as a Parent Education Workshop Facilitator, teaching Love and Logic and Guiding Good Choices classes to parents in the Snoqualmie Valley and is a board member of Empower Youth Network.
Molly and her husband met on the slopes of Snowbasin ski resort (Utah) and have sailed around the Hawaiian Islands. The Jensen's have been Snoqualmie Valley residents for 20+ years and enjoy traveling the world.
This Video from Dr. Shefali touches on the heart of parenting and working with parents.