Terri is an outside of the box thinker who focuses on addressing the whole person and not just individual parts.
For 15 years, I had the pleasure of working directly with Terri in the Upper Moreland Township School District. During this time, we collaborated very closely, in an attempt to support parents and teachers, as well as meet the needs of a very diverse student population. At the same time that Terri was working with children both individually and in small groups, she also saw a critical need with respect to our district’s Autistic population. Shortly thereafter, Terri developed social competence groups, focusing on such areas as self-regulation, social skills, flexible thinking, and expected/unexpected behaviors. As co-facilitators of these groups, Terri and I spent a great deal of time planning and meeting with children with a wide variety of social, emotional, and behavioral needs. I truly believe these process-oriented groups were very successful.
During our time together, I was most impressed by Terri’s background and knowledge as an Occupational Therapist (OT). Every day, she brought with her not only traditional OT values and interventions but also an outside-the-box thinking that was crucial in addressing the whole person and not just individual parts. I always appreciated her style, which was direct but non-confrontational. Terri’s sense of humor was an added bonus, as well. Taken together, these qualities were very effective in conveying her thoughts, ideas, and problem-solving approaches to staff, parents, and students.
Most importantly, I admired Terri’s passion and unwavering devotion to everyone with whom she worked. To date, I have yet to work with any professional who is as strong a student advocate as Terri. In fact, while I have learned a great deal from Terri over the years, her most important message still resonates with me to this day: the needs of our students always come first.
Michael Blum, Ph.D., School Psychologist