Nelson Karen

Karen Nelson, BS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist
Early Intervention Provider
Early Intervention Evaluator


Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University
Occupational Therapy, 1974


Early Intervention Credential


Karen has been part of the Easter Seals team since 1975.  She has served as an evaluator for the United Cerebral Palsy Diagnostic and Evaluation Program for six years and the Regional Developmental Follow-Up Project for high-risk infants.  She is credentialed through the Illinois Early Intervention program as an evaluator and provider.

Karen's clinical training includes sensory intergreation, neurodevelopmental treatment approach, upper extremity serial casting and constraint-induced movement therapy, The P.L.A.Y Project, therapeutic listening, sequential oral sensory feeding therapy, and various handwriting programs.

She has provided consultation and clinical supervision for occupational therapy assistants in several special education cooperatives in the central Illinois region.  Karen is part of the Easter Seals Autism Spectrum Disorders Diagnostic team.


Karen provides pediatric therapy and rehabilitation services for children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities including, but not limited to: intellectual disability, Down syndrome, autism, Cerebral palsy, brachial plexux, hypotonia, torticollis, and sensory processing disorder.

Aquatic Therapy
Pediatric Splinting/Casting of the Upper Extremity
Pediatric Kinesiotaping
Neurodevelopmental Therapy
Myofacial Release
Sensory Integration
Advanced Sensory Processing
Neuromuscular Electrical Simulation
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Therapeutic Listening
Handwriting Assistance
Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Team Member
Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding 

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