I'm Barbara Talbert, or Barb, one half of the Sprocket Therapy team. I am a recent transplant to Nashville, having made my dream of many years to move here a reality. Although I mostly grew up in Virginia, my northern roots allow me to sit down and talk over a cup of "kawfee". My background includes a BS in Anthropology and MS in Special Education from Radford University. I taught all grade levels of intellectual and severe disabilities, but after eight years knew I wanted to do more. I went back to school and now have an MS in occupational therapy from Milligan College.
I enjoy (yes, enjoy) triathlons, riding my road bike long distances and cooking. Every once in a while I even read a book on my Kindle. I am also the proud parent of a 16 1/2 year old lab mix, Mick. I think he likes living in East Nashville even more than me.
When I became an OT I realized my passion is working with individuals who experience neurological "disconnects" and those who have feeding difficulties. I make a point to never make a session feel like traditional therapy (I've been responsible for more than a few shaving cream snowstorms in the past). I am an SOS Feeding therapist (see our resources page for more info) and can connect with those who are much more than just "picky eaters" as I experience a lot of similar challenges. The basis of everything I do relates to an individual's sensory system - whether it is stroke rehab, Parkinson's disease or Autism. My goal is to walk alongside individuals and those important to them in an effort to empower them and understand the "why" of their present challenges. (updated August 2013)
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