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Gina Prato, M.A., OTR/L
Vice President of Programs
Gina Prato is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) with more than 15 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school aged children, and adults of varying skill levels, including those who have special needs and disabilities. Gina started her career at Carousel School as a preschool teacher in the inclusion-based classrooms, and also as a speech therapy aid.At Carousel School, some of Gina’s current responsibilities include directing the Early Intervention Program and Adult Program, interviewing and training staff, conducting clinical meetings, and helping to ensure a high quality and individualized therapeutic environment. Some of Gina’s experiences in providing training to direct support staff include ongoing; staff meetings, interdisciplinary team meetings, in-services, and staff evaluations. Meeting and in-service topics conducted by Gina range from appropriate communication skills with clients and their families, to adapting service delivery to meet all of the needs of the consumers. She also conducts evaluations and assessments, and provides occupational therapy services. Gina works with the Carousel School education and clinical staff along with regional center and school district staff to transition consumers in and out of Carousel’s various programs. Gina earned her BS in Speech Pathology, with a minor in Audiology from Loma Linda University, and an MA in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, she has also completed a comprehensive program in Sensory Integration and has obtained a certificate that allows her to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Some of her clinical experiences include completing an internship at Rancho Physical Therapy’s Hand Clinic and the Neuropsychiatric Institute (NPI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).