Taresa Pifer, Occupational Therapist

Taresa Pifer

About Taresa Pifer

Taresa Pifer is an Occupational Therapist specializing in pediatrics since 2002. Taresa graduated from the Ohio State University with an initial bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science before completing her second bachelor’s degree in the field of Occupational Therapy. Taresa has practiced as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in a variety of areas over her career including both school and medical models of intervention including early intervention, home-based therapy, private practice, clinical outpatient services, and school-based therapy. Taresa moved from Ohio to Arizona in 2007 as a young and free traveling occupational therapist and is now married with two daughters and a handful of pets! Taresa currently works as a school-based occupational therapist with Gilbert Public Schools serving students ages 3-22 with a wide range of abilities. Taresa’s primary focus as a school-based occupational therapist is to look outside of the box in analyzing where a student’s breakdown is occurring while simultaneously assessing their strengths and interests. The “magic” happens when the student can use those strengths and interests to bridge the gap that may be interfering with their role as student and limiting their ability to show their skills. And that is where assistive technology and the use of “alternative pencils” have come into play for her and her students!

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