About Ms. Duvall
Hello, my name is Nicoletta Duvall and I will be the Occupational Therapist (OT) at your child’s school this year.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Psychology/ Early Childhood Family Studies and my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from A.T. Still University. Prior to becoming an OT, I worked as a habilitation provider for 11 years, with children and their families diagnosed with autism and developmental delays.
I started my career as an OT in 2009, at a pediatric therapy clinic in Mesa. At the pediatric therapy clinic, I have had the opportunity to work alongside Speech, Music, Physical, and OT’s in a clinic and home setting. Working at the pediatric therapy clinic for 9 years gave me the opportunity to collaborate with many therapists from all disciplines on a daily basis and provided me with a strong foundation as a therapist.
I have been working in a school setting since 2011 and I love supporting the students in the school environment. Since I became an OT I have treated children with a variety of diagnoses but the majority of children on my caseload are children diagnosed with autism and/ or sensory processing disorders.
I have taken over 300 hours of continuing education courses and have been trained on the most current up to date treatment interventions for autism and sensory processing disorders. I utilize a sensory processing framework to treat children in the school setting and have witnessed tremendous growth in the student’s functional performance once the underlying sensory needs are addressed.
My Role at Arizona Autism Charter School
I will be working closely with the teachers and paraprofessionals to implement sensory-based strategies to support your child during the school day. I will be providing direct supervision to the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who will be providing direct therapy to your children. I am very excited to get to know your child and I look forward to supporting you and your child this school year.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life (self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction), especially to enable or enhance participation in such activities, despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning. Occupational Therapy is for individuals of all ages to improve skills that help them perform daily tasks at home, at school, at work, and at play. School-based OT’s assist students with performing the necessary activities to participate in school and foster meaningful learning. A school-based OT looks at a variety of areas affected by a child’s disability such as self-care, motor function, sensory processing, oral motor, function of the hands, visual/perceptual abilities and pre-vocational activities. An OT uses specific activities to help children reach goals and objectives to assist children with reaching their maximum potential. An OT uses many intervention methods including teacher consultation, special training for staff members, direct therapy with students, environment modifications and use of adaptive equipment.
Please feel free to contact me by e-mail or phone, if any questions arise.
Nicoletta Duvall, MS, OTR/L