Julie Kraska, OTR/L

Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980.  Since graduating, Julie has spent the past 35 years focusing her energy and commitment to the field by focusing her scope of practice to the area of pediatric therapy exclusively.  Upon graduation, Julie began her career working within the home health setting.  She then elected to expand her experience and move to Jacksonville, Florida where she was hired by Nemours Children’s Hospital. It was there that Julie had the opportunity to establish the hospital’s first occupational therapy department.  Julie continued to build on her experience by working 14 years at the Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass; an inclusionary preschool. While there, Julie gained a deep appreciation for working alongside teachers, physical therapist, and speech/language pathologist as a member of a team.  In September 2003, Julie opened her own practice in Lexington specializing in pediatric occupational therapy.  Over the years, Julie has been a consultant for various federal grants, a member of a transdisciplinary evaluation team focusing on children with vision and hearing loss, a guest lecturer for numerous graduate programs at the University of Kentucky and the Human Development Institute at the University.  She has presented over 50 workshops and trainings at both national and local levels.  Just recently, Julie developed an on-line course in conjunction with the University of Kentucky dealing with self-regulation issues in children.