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Nicholas (Nick) (Occupational Therapist)

Nicholas, IMH-E® has worked in Pediatrics for over 20 years in a variety of capacities/settings, including Pediatric Intensive Care, Pediatric Outpatient, Pediatric Pain Clinic, Pediatric Rehab, Child Development, Home Visiting, and Infant/Toddler Mental Health. He was trained in the Healthy Steps approach to family support and was on the first team to facilitate a community-based model for NICU grads.  Nicholas has been passionate about the father-infant relationship and developed programs for Fathers including The DAD Projects (Dads & Development): Fathers & Infants, Toddlers & Fathers, Milk Men: Dads and Breastfeeding Support, and Baseball Tummy Time. He  managed a team of home visitors in AZ s screening children birth to three years of age at risk for developmental delays and assisting families with navigating the Early Intervention systems. As a second career, Nicholas chose to “upgrade” his skills to become a pediatric occupational therapist to join the ranks of those professionals to whom he formerly made referrals.

Nicholas has presented workshops on Fatherhood topics at a number of conferences and has taught continuing education classes on Fatherhood topics at Erikson Institute in Chicago and consulted with the Fussy Baby Program, at Erikson Institute.. He has presented at the Nutrition First Conference for Washington WIC providers on Fathers and Breastfeeding Support. He also teaches Conscious Fathering classes (basic infant care for fathers to be) at Seattle area Swedish Medical Centers and Parent Trust for Washington Children. He is a participant in the Newborn Behavioral International global community of practitioners who work with infants and families using the Brazelton Institute’s NBO/NBAS observation systems. His interests include cooking, hiking, yoga, architectural design, travel, Reiki, a cappella choral singing, medieval Orthodox chant, and crochet (both traditional and Tunisian).