Rosanne Papadopoulos OT Reg (MB)
Rosanne is the owner of Discoveries in Therapy and has been an occupational therapist since 1987. Her intense curiosity of the brain and behavior has driven her professional journey. She began working in adult psychiatry but quickly moved into child neuropsychiatry, working with children with Tourette syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Disorder. She slowly began working in private practice and eventually left the hospital system to work in her own business on a part-time basis.
Rosanne values the freedom to do the work needed to genuinely help children without the constraints of a system. Since then, she has done many things to add to her knowledge including teaching at the University of Manitoba; developing a sexuality curriculum for special needs students in a local school division; presenting at many conferences; co-facilitating a support group for parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome; attending an ALERT course on self regulation; attending conferences on attachment by Bruce Perry and Daniel Siegel; and participating in online webinars through the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine focusing on attachment, current brain research and meditation (Jack Kornberg).
The pivotal learning about the brain and behavior began when she trained as a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)® program certified consultant in 2004. It was, and continues to be, an incredible journey about the powerful impact of relationships on children’s developing minds. This training focuses on development, attachment and coaching parents/caregivers to recognize the moments of emotional and cognitive connection with their child. Relationships can clearly change the biology of the brain!
But even parents who work the magic of RDI® sometimes reach a plateau. That sent Rosanne off in search of how to overcome these obstacles and she discovered Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)® and the Safe and Sound Protocol. iLs® is a multi-sensory approach that addresses the challenges of learning, attention and processing through an auditory stimulation program that also includes balance, movement and visual motor activities. In addition to iLs®, Rosanne has also trained with Rhythmic Movement Training International (TM). This is another home based program which integrates retained, or underdeveloped reflexes that interfere in learning. This program uses simple, repetitive movement patterns to help the child (or adult) overcome the “stuck” reflex pattern. Her most recent training was Bal-A-Vis-X® which uses rhythmic patterns with beanbags and racquetballs to promote integration of balance, sound, and vision.
Rosanne’s passion is finding techniques that work for her clients and families. Through her professional connections and research, she is constantly finding relevant and interesting information and which she places in her business blog/newsletter.
Michelyn Brown OT Reg. (MB)
Michelyn graduated from the University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation with a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2010. She was the recipient of the Future Leader in Occupational Therapy Award, the Mrs. Mary Judd Prize and the Dr. Leslie Truelove Award. She has seven years’ experience working in pediatrics in hospital and community settings in Winnipeg and in rural Manitoba.
She started working with Rosanne Papadopoulos in early 2015 and and also works with school aged children in schools within and outside of Winnipeg. Michelyn has been a volunteer with the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists (MSOT) since graduation and has also volunteered with the University of Manitoba Career Mentor Program.
Michelyn’s specialty areas include self-regulation, sensory processing, executive function and fine/visual motor skills. She recently completed the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs®) training course and is an iLs® Practitioner. Michelyn values a family-centred and collaborative approach to therapy.
Michelyn lives in Winnipeg with her husband, Matthew, and sons, Nathan and Ben. She enjoys gardening, swimming, reading, knitting and spending time (usually enjoying delicious food!) with friends and family.
Jessica is originally from Dalhousie, NB. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Brunswick with a Science in Kinesiology degree. Jessica decided to continue her studies in French at the University of Ottawa and completed a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2010. In the past 7 years, Jessica has been able to focus her career in early intervention services at a child development centre on Vancouver Island, BC. She also spent some time providing school age therapy services in a private practice setting since May 2016. In September 2018, Jessica and her family relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba and she will be able to continue pursuing her passion: helping children and families.
Jessica has gained valuable experience and skills in the areas of feeding assessments, feeding therapy (picky eaters/problem feeders, children with feeding needs who have a nasogastric tube or gastrostomy tube for primary nutrition), self regulation, sensory processing, attachment/social emotional development, fine and gross motor skills. She values a family centered approach and inter-professional collaboration between therapists to help meet the therapeutic needs of each family. Jessica is looking forward to helping families reach their identified goals.