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Kathryn Leindecker, OTR/L, CHT

Qualifications | Continuing Education | Presentations | Professional Organizations  

Community Involvement | Interests

                                                                       
Kathryn (Kathy) Leindecker OTR/L, CHT, an occupational therapist at Shoreline Physical Therapy since 1996, graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy. She then went on to receive a Post-Professional Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2013. Her areas of expertise are both in hands and in pediatrics. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1992. She cares for upper extremity injuries, both pre- and post-surgery. Interventions include pain management, desensitization, edema control, splint fabrication, protection of surgical repairs, scar management, and regaining hand function. She has a special interest in work related repetitive strain injuries, arthritis and trauma of the hand.


In addition Kathy is experienced in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She treats children with complex developmental and genetic disorders of all age groups. In addition to treating children in our pediatric motor room, she has provided services in a variety of setting including Early Intervention/home based therapy, school based from Pre-K to age 21, and community settings. She has a special interest in treating Sensory Processing Disorders in our pediatric motor room and is a qualified provider of vestibular activation (Astronaut Training) and Therapeutic Listening programs.


Kathy is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapy and New England Hand Society.  She is certified by the AOTA as a Clinical Fieldwork Educator and coordinates an active student fieldwork site in which she collaborates with occupational therapy programs at colleges and universities throughout the northeast.  Kathy was recently awarded Outstanding Fieldwork Educator by the New England Occupational Therapy Education Council, Inc.  She received this recognition for her ongoing and consistent support of clinical education for OT and OTA students by providing Level I and Level II fieldwork opportunities.


 

Qualifications

 

 

  • BS Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac College, 1983

  • Post Professional MS in Occupational Therapy, Quinnipiac University 2013

  • Licensed Occupational Therapist

  • Occupational Therapist Registered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

  • Certified Hand Therapist, American Society for Hand Therapists 1992

  •  AOTA Certificate August 2012 as qualified Fieldwork Educator. Current contracts with Seton Hall University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University and Shenandoah University, St. Augustine University and Manchester Community College.

  • Outpatient pediatric service provider for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Motor Coordination Disorders, and fine motor and handwriting difficulties

  • Qualified Therapeutic Listening Provider.

 

 

 

 

Continuing Education (2009-Present)

 

Focus Area - Pediatrics

Dates

CEU

Title

Provider

05/01/2012

.2

Starting, Synchronizing and Stopping Feelings and Actions: Insights into Executive Functioning and Sensory Integration Issues
Taught by Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR
Live WebCast

Vital Links

11/14/2011

.2

Clinical Conversations Neurophysiology of Listening

Vital Links Webinar

05/23/2011

1.5

Clinical Conversations Therapeutic Listening

Vital Links Webinar

03/24/2011

.6

Pre-Conference Institute – SAFE PLACE

 

Spiral Foundation

03/25/2011

03/26/2011

1.2

Sensory Processing Symposium on Emotion and Behavior: Clinical Innovations and Research

Spiral Foundation

04/08/2010

04/09/2010

1.2

Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol

Vital Links

03/10/2010

.25

RT for the OT: How Vision Impacts Daily Living Skills

BESB State of CT

03/06/2010

.5

Celebrating Opportunities and Outcomes in Occupational Therapy

QU OT Dept.

06/12/2009

06/13/2009

1.2

Listening With the Whole Body

Vital Links

11/05/2009-11/08/2009

2.5

Sensory Integration for those with Developmental, Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders and Dyspraxia

J. Burpee Education Resources

Focus Area - Orthopedic - Hand/Upper Extremity

Dates

CEU

Title

Provider

12/2/2011

7

New England Hand Society 39th Annual Meeting

Hospital of Saint Raphael

05/23/2011

1

May Journal Club

Topic: Lateral Epicondylitis

ASHT

04/25/2011

1

April Journal Club

Topic: Splinting for CMC OA

ASHT

12/03/2010

7.25

New England Hand Society 38th Annual Meeting

Hosptial of St. Raphael

10/23/2008-10/26/2008

2.25

ASHT’s 31 Annual Meeting

Boston, MA

ASHT

  

Staff In-service/Peer Reviews/Staff Journal Club

Present – 2011

07/02/2012

Common Boxing Injuries

Kevin Marchant II SPT

11/14/2011

Does a Comination of diaphragmatic breathing techniques and yoga help children with Asthma?

Capstone Research Project Cynthia Holliday, SPT

12/05/2011

Current Topics in Hand Surgery

Kathryn Leindecker, OTR CHT

10/17/2011

Picture Exchange Communication System

Cathleen Cooper OTAS

10/05/2011

Lyme Disease Facts and Myths

Joanne Moore, PT, DHSC, OCS

09/12/2011

Dyna Splint Systems Overview

Joseph Johnson, CVMT

07/12/2011

American Red Cross CPR Training

Eva Menon, RN, BSN

07/01/2011

Exercise Prescription for Special Populations

Aaron Morales, SPT, LSCS

 

 

Presentations

  • Fine Motor Development in Young Children for Parents, Child Care Providers, and Paraprofessionals

  • Sensory Strategies for the Home and Classroom

  • Backpack Safety Awareness

Professional Organizations

 

  • American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT)

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

  • Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (ConnOTA

  • New England Hand Society     

 

Community Involvement

  • Church youth advisor, Sunday school teacher and member of the Niantic Community Church Christian Education Committee.

 

Interests

  • Skiing

  • Camping

  • Music

  • Hiking

 

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