About The Speakers
Patricia Wilbarger,MEd,FAOTA, has a background in occupational therapy and counseling psychology. She has been working with some aspect of sensory processing theories for over forty years. She is cofounder of Avanti projects. She has lectured worldwide and has contributed to the development of sensory integration organizations in several countries. Ms. Wilbarger is well-known for her clinical work with newborns, infants, and children with diverse diagnoses. She was one of the first occupational therapists to work in the NICU. She lectures nationally and internationally on sensory processing disorders and sensory integration.
Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR, received a BS in Physiological Psychology from UC Berkeley, a MS in OT from Boston University, and a PhD in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver, Colorado. She has worked as an OT in early intervention with high risk and developmentally delayed infants and toddlers in diverse settings. She served as a clinical specialist in sensory integration at The Children’s Hospital, Denver. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Department of Kinesiology. Her research is focused on the study of affective and sensory processing in a range of clinical populations