Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy works to promote success and independence with a variety of school based tasks.  

  • Develop fine motor skills to improve performance on tasks such as handwriting, using scissors and other school materials.  
  • Assist in the development of visual motor and processing skills for success with many academic tasks, such as writing and reading.
  • Lead regulation groups where students work on learning how to reach the calm, alert state needed for success with higher learning.
  • Support independence with self care and functional living skills in a school setting.
  • Provide environmental modifications and sensory supports.
  • Develop and oversee sensory diet and movement based activities to promote attention and regulation throughout the day.
  • Implementing school wide based program to develop foundational sensory and motor skills necessary for academic readiness.

Occupational Therapists

Sarah Moran MOT, OTR/L
smoran@spero.academy
612-465-8600, voicemail 610

My name is Sarah and I am so happy to be back at Spero for another year of learning and growth.  I am an Occupational Therapist, so my job is to help kids be successful in their role as students.  Part of my job is planning and setting up a movement circuit which helps with learning readiness and regulation skills. I just love seeing the kids faces when a new circuit is put in place.  I also enjoy working on functional, bilateral, and visual motor skills. I feel lucky to have a job where I get to work with such amazing kids. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012, and have been working in the clinical and educational setting since.  I am looking forward to a rewarding and great year! 

Lucy Rosenquist
lrosenquist@spero.academy
612-465-8600, voicemail 626

Hi, I am Lucy Rosenquist, and I am looking forward to working with all of my wonderful students this year. I have been here at Spero Academy since spring of 2014, and work with various classes from kindergarten up to 6th grade.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Physiology (2008) and a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy (2013), both from the University of Minnesota.  I continue to learn more tools to help kids develop the skills they need to be successful students, including Handwriting Without Tears, Creating Sensory Friendly Environments, Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training (S.M.A.R.T.), and techniques for encouraging engagement and growth through intrinsic motivation (Floortime and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions).  My favorite part of being an OT is seeing when a student is proud of accomplishing something they had thought was really challenging. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, boyfriend, and cat, traveling, reading, sewing, playing music, and riding my bike.  

Lynn Swanson
lswanson@spero.academy
612-465-8600, voicemail 620

It is a pleasure to start my 7th year at Spero Academy. My experience as a pediatric occupational therapist includes 6 years working with children with mental health diagnoses, sensory integration challenges and learning disabilities in residential and day treatment programs; followed by 6 years of outpatient therapy in sensorimotor based clinics; and Spero Academy. My passion and continuing education focus is on improving children’s foundational developmental sensory, motor and cognitive skills with activities children enjoy and can do on a regular basis; increasing children’s independence with maintaining a calm regulated state; and increasing children’s innate enjoyment of learning and interaction with their environment and the people in it. Outside of school, My husband and I enjoy being active outdoors together with our 2 adult children and our teenage daughter. .