April Jewell, Pediatric Occupational Therapist
April graduated from the University of Nebraska with her Bachelors of Science, and went on to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Rush University. Her passion for pediatric care began while volunteering for the Child Life department at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She was drawn to the field of occupational therapy because of its focus on holistic care, as well as the close relationships that are formed with patients and their families. She went on gain clinical and volunteer experience at a therapeutic horseback riding academy, in pediatric outpatient and inpatient settings, and in the school setting. April has worked with a wide variety of diagnoses, including sensory processing disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, and brain injury.
April previously worked at Giant Steps Autism Organization, a therapeutic day school for kids with autism. She ran therapeutic groups focusing on life skills, motor skill development, sensory processing, and handwriting. She has been trained in the Handwriting Without Tears program and currently volunteers as a foster child advocate for the Cook County CASA Program. April is passionate about collaborating with families and helping children live happy, meaningful lives. She is excited to be a part of the dedicated Little Steps team!
Certification and Training:
- Certified and Licensed Occupational Therapist
- Masters of Occupational Therapy, Rush University
- Early Intervention Specialist
- American Occupational Therapy Association Member
- CPR Certified in pediatrics and adults