Laura Efinger, M.A. OTR/L, CEIM is an American Licensed Occupational Therapist. She is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage. Laura Efinger's educational background encompasses human development and how to assist people with disabilities in developing their sensory, motor, psychological and social abilities in order to function at their optimal level in day to day life.
Laura Efinger earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from SUNY New Paltz, New York, USA. She earned her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University, USA. She has worked in various settings with children and adults with disabilities.
For children with injuries, illnesses, physical and developmental disabilities, Occupational Therapy (OT) helps them develop their cognitive, sensory, motor and psycho-social skills in order to participate in everyday activities. To learn more about Occupational Therapy and the role it plays in child development, please go to the American Occupational Therapy Association website, as they have an abundance of educational handouts.
Laura Efinger has practiced in the US and Egypt. Since 2003, she has lived and worked in Cairo. For six of those years, she was the Supervisor of the Occupational Therapy Department at a multi-disciplinary educational facility in Cairo, the Learning Resource Center. She provided assessments, treatments, staff training and parent/teacher workshops on various educational topics. She left the Center due to changing life events and now has a child whom she has the joy of playing with each day and watching develop into a chatty, imaginative, engaging little girl!
She has been an active participant in the development of Occupational Therapy in Egypt. Over the years, she has met and worked with a great group of people supporting OT in Egypt. To learn more about the development of Occupational Therapy in Egypt, please go to the Occupational Therapy in Egypt blog, which she created several years ago.
After she left full time work, she started to organize many of her resources. She decided to put them together on a simple website. Over time, the resource pages grew, so she started a Facebook page to share them. Since she was living in Egypt, she called the Facebook page Child Development Club: Egypt. Two years later, they finally upgraded to a more extensive website and added another Facebook page to follow the website: Child Development Club.
She is presently residing in Cairo, but travels often to New York. She consults and provides workshops to individual groups, centers and schools. The focus of these workshops is to generally provide participants with a knowledge of sensory motor function, how these skills affect a child's development, how to identify if a child has difficulties in these areas and what activities help to develop impaired sensory motor skills. To learn more about these workshops, go here.
She hopes people find the website beneficial and share it with others who are interested in learning more about child development.
Laura Efinger, M.A. OTR/L, CEIM
Founder, Child Development Club