Jaclyn Grad, OTRL, CLC
Jaclyn Grad is a licensed occupational therapist (OT) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). She received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Grand Valley State University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan University. Since beginning her career, Jaclyn has worked in both pediatric outpatient settings and school settings with children ranging in age from birth through adolescence. She provides treatment to individuals with varying diagnoses to help them gain independence in everyday activities by addressing her clients’ fine motor, sensory, visual motor/perception, oral motor, and behavioral needs.
Jaclyn’s passion is working with children and their parents in the area of feeding, including infant feeding, transitioning to solids, picky eating, and oral aversions. She is trained in using the SOS Approach to Feeding, with advanced training in feeding 6 – 16 month olds, and children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Jaclyn’s additional training as a Certified Lactation Counselor allows her to take a well rounded approach in supporting parent and baby throughout the breast and bottle feeding journey by focusing on improving weight gain, latch issues, milk supply/transfer, care surrounding tethered oral tissues, transitioning back to work, and transitioning to solids. In addition to her professional knowledge, Jaclyn has personal experience conquering the challenges of breastfeeding, further allowing her to motivate, empower, counsel, and empathize with parents and parents-to-be who are struggling with lactation and breastfeeding.
Jaclyn values the importance of working with the whole family to best meet her clients’ needs. She does so through educating parents and caregivers, involving family members in treatment, and implementing fun and appropriate home programs.