Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Mercer University
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emalyn became interested in occupational therapy because of her childhood best friend’s little sister, who had Down syndrome. She regularly cared for her, including taking her to therapy, and developed a love for children with developmental disabilities. This passion led her to volunteer at pediatric clinics and with Special Olympics, to work as a camp counselor at Camp ASCCA, a camp for people with cognitive and physical abilities, and eventually to a career as an occupational therapist.
While working on her masters degree in occupational therapy in Birmingham, she worked with the I Can Do It program as a wellness mentor for students with cognitive delays and at Horizons School, a post-secondary education and life skills training for adolescence with cognitive disabilities. Professionally, she has worked with children and adolescents with autism, anxiety, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, oppositional defiant disorder, sensory integration disorder, and learning disorders and has advanced training in sensory integration and feeding intervention.
Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Emalyn now lives in Atlanta with her husband.