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Lauren Vanderlist, OTR/L
Speech and Language Pathologist

Lauren is the owner and sole provider of occupational therapy services with Bright Connections Occupational Therapy. She has worked as an occupational therapist for over ten years in a variety of settings including private practice, home-based early intervention and within a hospital-based outpatient clinic. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities both individually and within small groups. 

Lauren completed her undergraduate work at Alma College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science with a minor in Psychology. Following graduation, she attended Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), licensed in the State of Michigan and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

Lauren is also a certified PLAY Project consultant, offering PLAY Project services for young children with autism and their families. In addition, she is versed in the areas of sensory integration and sensory processing, reflex integration and sensory approaches to feeding. She uses the Learning Without Tears program for prewriting and writing concerns and works to find the underlying issues that often accompany handwriting difficulties.

Lauren decided to merge her practice with Small Talk Center in order to better serve her clients. Working as a team with the skilled team of speech therapists at Small Talk allows for collaboration and continuity of care. Lauren also views the partnership with her clients and their caregivers as paramount to establishing and reaching their goals.