Lisa Owens is a wife, parent of two fun, sweet and crazy young children and a Occupational Therapist. As a graduate of the College of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, MN with a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy she has provided pediatric services privately, through the school district, and in the hospital and outpatient clinic setting. For the past 17 years Lisa has worked at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota providing services to children weeks old to 21 years of age that have neurodevelopmental disorders (such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down syndrome, William syndrome, etc.), congenital heart defects, cancer, autoimmune diseases, physical disabilities, or have sustained significant injuries or infectious diseases. Often times these diseases and diagnosis impact several or a few components of a child’s development; for example, gross and fine motor coordination, strength and endurance, visual perception, cognition, sensory processing and modulation skills.
As part of Lisa’s commitment to the children she serves, and relevant to her work for Literacy Matters, she has attended continuing education courses to gain a greater understanding of the development of handwriting skills, ocular-motor skills, sensory integration, and interventions to improve literacy and learning for children with dyslexia, ADHD and executive function deficits.