Jaclyn Grad, OTRL
Jaclyn Grad is a licensed occupational therapist. 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 the pediatric outpatient setting with children ranging in age from birth through adolescence. Jaclyn has treated 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. She has experience in the schools working with children of all ages and varying diagnoses.
Jaclyn’s passion is working with children of all ages and parents on feeding difficulties. In particular, she works with picky eating and problem feeders using the SOS Approach to Feeding, assists with transitioning babies and toddlers to solid foods, and helps children on the Autism spectrum to increase their repertoire of foods.
Jaclyn’s knowledge and expertise of feeding extends down to infants and parents. Jaclyn is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and has specialized training in lactation.
Jaclyn can provide support for babies who are slow to gain weight or exhibit failure to thrive, babies having latching issues and moms having difficulty with milk supply/transfer. She offers care for before and after tongue/lip/cheek tie procedures. Jaclyn helps parents to prepare for breastfeeding, offers guidance when transitioning back to work, and helps Mamas with all aspects of their breastfeeding journey. Jaclyn utilizes her skills as both a CLC and Occupational Therapist to assist with transitioning babies to a bottle when needed 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.