Kristen Nelson

Kristen Nelson, BScKin, MOT, SPD PRO Level2
Kristen Nelson has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta (2003) and a Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of British Columbia (2007). After graduation she moved to the beautiful Okanagan and worked at the Okanagan Simillkameen Neurological Society in Penticton on the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Autism team as well as the Early Intervention Team. In 2011 Kristen moved back to Vancouver and has worked in both Early Intervention and School Based Therapy. Kristen joined WonderKids in December 2012.

Kristen combines a Sensory Integration approach with all other areas of occupational performance. She has extensive experience working with autism, AD(H)D, SPD, various chromosome disorders and development delays. In addition to working with children, Kristen provides consultations and offers training to teachers, parents and other professionals.

Kristen has always been drawn to a career with children and loves to work together with families to meet a child’s functional goals. Kristen is a fun, playful therapist who believes strongly that relationship and rapport are a key component to effective and meaningful therapy.

Kristen’s professional education includes:

  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Advanced Workshop
  • SPD PRO Level 2 certification: Intensive Mentorship Program: The Level 2 course, Hands-On Advanced Treatment
  • Intensive Mentorship Program Level 1 with Lucy Jane Miller: Evaluation, Diagnostic and Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Sequential Oral Sensory SOS Feeding Approach: Feeding Solutions
  • Integrated Listening System ILS certified
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Utilizing a Sensory Integration Theoretical Framework in the Home, School and Preschool
  • Toilet Training for Everyone- It’s Never Too Late!
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Integrated Listening Systems, Practitioner Training Course
  • Cultural Safety
  • ABC’s of Mental Health in Foster Care
  • Connections- Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Reference and Regulate
  • Partners in Movement Level 1
  • DIR/Floortime Model Basic Course
  • Autism Community Training (various worshops): Nancy Minshew, Beth Ann Malow, Lucy Jane Miller, Amy Wetherby, Geraldine Dawson and Sally Rogers
  • Student Practicum Supervisor for UBC Occupational Therapy Students