Jannie values reflex integration because it provides the ‘missing link’ between sensory input and motor output performance. She is excited about incorporating reflex integration into her practice especially with the NICU graduate population. Prematurity and early experiences in the NICU can have a profound influence on development. The key to success is beginning reflex integration early to lay the foundation for fine/gross motor development, cognition, speech/language and emotional regulation.
Jannie received her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kansas in 1996. Early in her career, she worked in a variety of settings including rehabilitation/head injury, ICU, neuro/trauma, telemetry, and medical surgical units in the Kansas City area.
In 2002, She began training in a Level II NICU providing feeding assessment and various therapy interventions for infants suffering from brachial plexus injury, torticollis, downs syndrome, congenital anomalies. In 2006 she transitioned to a level III NICU, where she gained specialized knowledge and skills in the treatment of the high-risk infants with complex medical conditions and subsequent developmental delays. She has worked with infants and a variety of diagnoses including intraventricular hemorrhage, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, chronic lung disease, intrauterine growth restriction, neonatal abstinence syndrome, gastroschisis, brachial plexus injury, torticollis, plagiocephaly, developmental hip dysplasia, neurosensory processing dysfunction and generalized developmental delay due to prematurity. Jannie has also provided follow up therapy for the NICU/outpatient clinic for graduates of the NICU.
Jannie has spoken twice at the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) annual conferences (2014/2016) including the “Integration of Therapists in the NICU” and “Management and Treatment of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy in the NICU”. She has also presented posters in the same years on the subjects of Integration/Implementation of Programs in the NICU, Identification and Treatment of Developmental Hip Dysplasia, Implementation of Educational Tools in the NICU.