Master of Occupational Therapy
Instructor of Clinical Practice in Occupational Therapy & Clinical Coordinator for Community-Based Practice, University of Findlay
Miranda's presentation topics will include:
- The eight senses and how people can seek or avoid them
- Occupational Therapy and why it is important to continue OT goals at home and within other programming, like AMA.
- Sensory tools that work great at home and in school.
Miranda Tippie is the Clinical Coordinator for Community-Based Practice at the University of Findlay. She develops community programming in pediatric and adult behavioral health, substance abuse residential treatment, the county jail, and adult probation. Miranda provides direct service and supervises Level II fieldwork students as well as brings her experiences into the classroom. Miranda Tippie received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy and Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Findlay. Miranda was hired at UF in May 2011, bringing her experience in outpatient pediatric care and long term care involving behavioral health. She holds multiple board positions for mental health agencies throughout Hancock County.
Parent Mentor for Findlay City Schools
Karen's presentation topics will include:
- The roles of Parent Mentors and how you might utilize them as a family member or educator.
- Resources for people with special needs in the community
- Answer questions about the special education process, legal rights, and services provided within the community.
Karen Herold is the Parent Mentor for Findlay City Schools. Karen has been a Parent Mentor for 6 years, in part because of her daughter, Hannah, who was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome at the age of 5. As a Parent Mentor Karen helps support families of students on IEP’s, 504’s and those looking for support for their student. She works hand in hand with the families and teachers to guide the families through the academic process. She also helps families find outside activities to attend across the community including Awakening Minds Art, Miracle League Baseball, Challenged Champions Therapeutic Horseback Riding and the Gliding Stars ice skating program. Working closely with the Board of DD also helps families locate the resources they need.
Speaking from her own experiences with her family and her knowledge as a Parent Mentor, Karen is a wonderful resource for families within the Hancock County community. She says, “At times I felt overwhelmed with raising a child with a disability. As Hannah grew and developed, things became easier for our family. As a Parent Mentor I am here to listen to the concerns of others and help guide them through the academic process.”
Licensed Professional Counselor
Founder of Sunshine Institute
Ashley's presentation topics will include:
- Tools for improving communication skills in the home, workplace, and with peers
- Development of appropriate social skills
- Growth in emotional identification in one's self and others
- De-escalation of self-harm and meltdowns
- Simple sensory tools for every unique need
-Meaningful connection aids/amusements/stimulation
- Community resources for all personalities
Ashley Jacobus is the Founding Executive Director of Sunshine Institute, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a registered Yoga Teacher. She received her Bachelors of Science in Business from the University of Findlay before achieving her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling. Having a passion for working with individuals who have been afflicted by traumatic experiences, Ashley has also participated in multiple advanced trainings such as EMDR for children, veterans, and adults. She also enjoys working with individuals experiencing developmental delays and has pursued advanced training in Autism Spectrum Disorder through BGSU. In addition to EMDR, Ashley utilizes a variety of creative counseling techniques including elements of play, art, music therapy, movement-based mindfulness, and expressive arts