Katie Metz completed her Occupational Therapy Master of Science (MScOT) program at the University of Alberta. In her graduate work, she focused on the study of creative arts interventions to address social-emotional learning and mental health promotion for children and youth. During this time, she also volunteered teaching yoga to children and adults. Katie has also taken over 450 hours of yoga teacher training and taught hundreds kid’s yoga classes in the Surrey School District. Through studying and teaching yoga, she has realized the value of mindful activity in advancing children’s coping abilities and self-awareness.
During her OT degree, Katie completed fieldwork at the Alberta Children’s Hospital outpatient therapy services. It was here that she gained experience offering sensory and fine motor assessment and intervention. She came to deeply value both family-centered practice and taking a strengths-based approach to pediatric therapy.
In her current practice, Katie deeply values collaborating with families to identify strategies that can help children learn and grow in everyday life. Katie has completed the following continuing education courses: Trauma Informed Care, Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills, Handwriting without Tears, Social Thinking, Building Blocksto Sensory Integration, and Childhood Autism Disorders- Best Occupational Therapy Practice. She is excited to have a career that celebrates and encourages ongoing learning and skill development.