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“Jessica O’Connor has consistently been one of the highest rated guest presenters at the William James College APA Internship Consortium Seminar. She has engaged strongly with groups of 25-30 psychology doctoral students and has brought them a vivid hands-on experience of the many clinical uses of occupational therapy in the treatment of children and adults. She also provided a theoretical context that clearly explained the appropriate use of both stimulating and soothing interventions. Jessica’s presentations have been a rich addition to all of our learning, and we are eager for her to return!”

-Lionel Joseph, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Department
Associate Director of Training, Field Education Department
William James College


“As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Educator, I have asked Jessica to come speak to residential and inpatient mental health counselors and therapists on two occasions. Jessica gave her talk on “Sensory Strategies for Regulation and Coping” that was well received each time. Jessica is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. She discussed sensory regulation and its impact on a child’s ability to engage and function. She gave examples on ways we could create an adaptable environment that allows for the alteration in the intake of sensory stimulation. Jessica used multiple modalities in her lecture that included self-evaluations, hands-on experience with therapy tools, and case examples. We enhanced our knowledge about individualized planning such as incorporating sensory diets into a child’s day to minimize sensory overload to decrease the frequency of hyperarousal that often leads to emotional outbursts. Audience members found the material easy to understand and we were able to implement changes in our practice for the betterment of the children we serve.”

-Melissa Stepien, PMHCNS-BC
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist