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Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS


Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, is an occupational therapist and author with 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorders and Neurological disorders. In 2003, Dr. Gibbs founded Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc., a company that provides interdisciplinary and quality therapeutic services to families. As founding president, she provided treatment interventions and education in the areas of sensory integration, autism as well as family-centered care. This venture ignited her passion for providing family-centered care. Dr. Gibbs received her PhD at Seton Hall University with a dissertation focusing on racial health disparities of the Autism Spectrum diagnostic process. Dr. Gibbs also earned her doctorate in occupational therapy at Thomas Jefferson University and her master's training in occupational therapy from Columbia University. Dr. Gibbs is currently the Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building at the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the former Scientific Programs officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Dr. also served as the inaugural chair and director of the master’s programs in occupational therapy at Wesley College in Dover, DE where she was a tenured associate professor. Prior to joining Wesley, she worked at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA, where she served as the director of the doctoral programs in occupational therapy.

Dr. Gibbs is steadfast and an expert in the field of neurology, cognition, and pediatric therapeutic intervention. She continues to lecture, and provide training, on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation to practitioners, parents, and teachers throughout the country and internationally. Dr. Gibbs is the developer of the Self-Regulation and Mindfulness program, and her book, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Exercises and Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, was published in 2017 (PESI Publishing & Media). As co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for their children.

 

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs is the founder/ president of Universal Progressive Therapy, Inc. She is a faculty member at the University of the Sciences Philadelphia and receives compensation. She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs has been published in a peer-reviewed journal Occupational Therapy and Healthcare.

The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this presentation belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to the author's employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.

Raising Kids With Sensory Processing Disorders

A Week-by-Week Guide to Solving Everyday Sensory Issues

Author:
Varleisha D. Gibbs |  Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Copyright:
2013
Publication Date:
Dec 01, 2013
Product Code:
SAM082405
Media Type:
Books
Price:
$16.95

Self-Regulation and Mindfulness

Over 82 Exercises & Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, & Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author:
Varleisha D. Gibbs
Copyright:
2017
Publication Date:
Sep 28, 2017
Product Code:
PUB085000
Media Type:
Books
Price:
$20.24 - April Spring Sale 2021 Email PUBs (25% off) Standard - $26.99

2-Day Pediatric Course: Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Treatment Interventions


Faculty:
Varleisha D. Gibbs |  Angela Mansolillo |  April Christopherson
Duration:
11 Hours 29 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Jul 25, 2019
Product Code:
POS063820
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD
Price:
$219.99 - 2021 April Spring Sale (50% off) Standard - $439.99

COVID-19: Addressing Social and Collective Trauma in Children, Adolescents and their Families


Faculty:
Varleisha D. Gibbs
Duration:
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Mar 31, 2020
Product Code:
POS056420
Media Type:
Digital Seminar - Also available: DVD
Price:
$44.99 - 2021 April Spring Sale (50% off) Standard - $89.99

Treating Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders & Trauma: A Comprehensive Pediatric Rehab Certificate Course


Faculty:
April Christopherson |  Varleisha D. Gibbs |  Angela Mansolillo
Duration:
17 Hours 21 Minutes
Product Code:
CRS001401
Media Type:
Online Course
Price:
$349.99 Standard - $686.97

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