Community-Based OT Programming: Our Interview With Dr. Fern Silverman and Dr. Andrea Tyszka

In this episode Rebecca Smith and Deanna Longo interview Dr Fern Silverman and Dr. Andrea Tyszka on their work in community-based OT, specializing in universal design and sensory- friendly programming in Philadelphia, PA. 

Fern Silverman, EdD, OTR/L is a professor in Salus University’s Occupational Therapy Department and serves as the assistant program director of their post professional OTD program. She previously held a faculty position at Temple University.  Dr. Silverman also has decades of experience as a pediatric OT, working with children from birth to 21 across a multitude of settings.   Her research interests include community participation for families and best practice for activities of daily living in pediatrics. 

Dr. Andrea Carr Tyszka, OTD, MS, OTR/L, SIPT, is an associate professor at Salus University. She has over 20 years of experience in pediatrics, working in schools, homes and communities. She conducts research and consults at various community-based settings, & has presented & published at both the state and national levels on accessibility and participation.

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