Amy Laurent - Occupational Therapist, Private Practice Affiliate, Rhode Island
Amy Laurent, Ed.M., OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist who holds a Master’s degree in Special Education. Currently in private practice, she is a New England affiliate of Communication Crossroads and of Childhood Communication Services. Amy specializes in the education of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related developmental disabilities. She provides direct educational services to clients, as well as ongoing consultation to educational programs serving individuals with ASD. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Communication Disorders Department at the University of Rhode Island and for Emerson College in Boston, MA. At these institutions, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on preparing graduating clinicians to meet the needs of children with autism and their families. In addition, she is a co-developer of the SKIP (Super Kids Interactive Play) Program at the University of Rhode Island. Her publications, including a chapter in the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3rd ed) have focused on emotional regulation in children and adolescents with ASD and its impact on later social competence. She frequently lectures and provides training throughout the United States and internationally on topics related to therapeutic and educational intervention for children with ASD.