I’m Barbara Talbert, or Barb, one half of the founding Sprocket Therapy team. My background includes a BS in Anthropology and MS in Special Education from Radford University in Virginia. I taught all grade levels of intellectual and severe disabilities, but knew I wanted to do more. I went back to school and obtained an MS in occupational therapy from Milligan College in northeast Tennessee over 10 years ago and was glad I made the career change.
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 have a session feel like “traditional” therapy (I’ve been responsible for more than a few shaving cream snowstorms or making the ball pit explode). 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. My goal is to walk alongside individuals and those important to them in an effort to empower and understand the “why" of their present challenges.
Professionally, I am active in Nashville with my nonprofit work and community engagement projects. I am also an adjunct professor at Belmont University in their occupational therapy department and have begun research on feeding difficulties. I spend my free time finishing renovations on our house and experimenting with new recipes. I use everyone at Sprocket as my taste testers for these dishes.