Jen Manabat MS, OTR/L


Harvard University
BA Psychology
Rush University Medical Center
MS Occupational Therapy
  • Cooking, exercising, trying new restaurants
  • DIR/ Floortime,Sensory Processing Disorders, Social/Emotional, Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Autism,Executive Function,Developmental Disorders,DIR/ Floortime

I have been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist serving the north shore suburbs and Chicago for the past 5 1/2 years. I strongly believe in partnering with families, teachers, and other therapists as well as the child to help each child reach the highest level of functioning possible across all environments.

I evaluate and treat children aged 1-14, both individually and in groups, experiencing issues in the following areas:

  • Sensory processing integration
  • Difficulty with motor praxis/motor planning/sequencing
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Gross motor coordination and control
  • Fine motor coordination and control
  • Postural control and muscle activation
  • Executive functioning skills
  • Bilateral coordination
  • Visual and spatial awareness
  • Social skills
  • Visual motor skills and integration
  • Handwriting skills
  • Self-regulatory techniques

I work with children diagnosed with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, learning disabilities, developmental coordination disorders, and any other child who may need extra help to reach his or her highest level of functioning.

I love all kinds of sports, and played Division 1 softball at Harvard. I am also a certified massage therapist, and strongly believe in the practice. I love being able to incorporate sports and massage techniques into my occupational therapy sessions.

COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.

Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.


Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!