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, school districts, inpatient and outpatient hospital clinics, and in private practice. She has successfully developed several of these programs in both Utah and Washington states. She also is a Certified Instructor of Infant Massage, Handwriting Without Tears Level I Certified in the use of The Print Tool evaluation, trained by the Wilbargers in the Thera-Pressure Program, and participated in the Intensive Mentorship program, Level I Clinical Reasoning in Intervention, at the STAR Center under direction of Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR. She is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed by the state of Washington Department of Health. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and Washington Occupational Therapy Association.
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, WI, she has continued to pursue post graduate continuing education in the areas of:
- Comprehensive understanding of sensory processing disorders
- Integrated Listening Systems (TM) and Therapeutic Listening (TM)
- The Alert Program for self-regulation
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Sensory Defensiveness
- Handling Intensive for children with Cerebral Palsy
- Infant Massage
Ms Jensen and her husband have two daughters and have hosted several exchange students from all over the world. Besides being a busy mom, she serves on the executive board of the Cascade Valley Figure Skating Club and as Treasurer of the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network Board of Directors. She 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 their daughters have attended schools in Fall City and Snoqualmie.
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