Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Christy Jo Edgerle
Hello! I'm a licensed occupational therapist, and I'm thrilled to introduce myself to potential Kinspire families. I earned my master's degree in occupational therapy at Mount Mary University and completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. I am a dedicated lifelong learner with a passion for pediatrics. I have experience working in a variety of settings, particularly in an outpatient clinic with children of all ages and abilities. Over the years, I have pursued advanced training in various topics of interest, including sensory processing (interoception), a modern approach to self-regulation, primitive reflexes/reflex integration, the "get permission" approach to feeding/starting solids, the growth mindset, mental health/trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, strengths-based approaches to autism, and neurodiversity-affirming training.
Throughout my career, I have developed a deep appreciation for the therapeutic alliance created through parent/child collaboration, particularly during the pandemic. My personal experience with parenthood has also been a profound source of inspiration, leading me to this unique opportunity. My mission is to offer guidance that empowers families to navigate areas with room for growth and explore strategies to meet their goals, helping the family thrive. I firmly believe in the transformative power of the holistic lens of OT to promote meaningful participation and overall well-being. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of your family's journey.
Education and Practice
Mount Mary University:
Master of Science - MS, Occupational Therapy/Therapist
University of Wisconsin La Crosse:
Bachelor of Science - BS, Therapeutic Recreation/Pre-Occupational Therapy
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Balance and Posture Issues
Early Childhood Development
Fine Motor Delay
Motor Planning and Coordination
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Seeking or Sensory Avoidance Behaviors
Transition and Routine Difficulties
"Kinspire’s unique collaborative process and partnership between the OT and caregiver allows me to connect with families, empower parents and support child development. As a parent myself, I believe in the power of parent involvement and OT perspective to deepen understanding, attunement and co-exploration of strategies to navigate challenges, improve independence, skill development, to ultimately enrich the quality of everyday life."
"We are so grateful for your skilled care and positivity with [our son]. You have made such a difference in his life and in our family's life. [Our son] loves spending time with you, and your ideas and strategies have carried over to home, in so many ways, have made things easier. You have gone above and beyond what I would have expected. Thank you for being a part of our journey!"