Mrs. Denefrio


 2019-2020 School Year

PH: 432-6933 x4420

As an occupational therapist it is my responsibility to provide services within the school system according to the guidelines set by the district. These include, evaluating, direct services, consultation and to support the classroom teachers. The majority of my responsibilities are at North School working with and supervising Patricia Carew, as an occupational therapy assistant. I also have the opportunity to collaborate with and supervise Carol Stone, another occupational therapy assistant at the high school level.

As an occupational therapist I work in collaboration with teachers, special educators and parents to allow each student to grow and become the best independent learner they can. 

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me. The most effective way to communicate with me is via email ( ). 

Below are books that are helpful in regard to understanding sensory integration and executive functioning:

Sensory Integration is your child's ability to take in, process and integrate the information in the environment.

Executive Functioning  is your child's ability to "get done what needs to get done" or to execute and perform tasks. So their ability to organize, stay focused, plan ahead, follow through with a task or an activity, time management and solve problems. These skills are essential for academic success. 

Mindfulness includes the qualities for awareness, in other words paying attention to your experiences through your senses. It is obtained through observation and it inherently includes the quality of acceptance.

Below are a list of informational books, that may be helpful:

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun  by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA

Developing Your Child for Success by Kenneth A. Lane, O.D.

Your Left-Handed Child by Lauren Milsom

Late, Lost and Unprepared by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Smarts by Chuck Martin, Peg Dawson,Ed.D and Richard Guare, Ph.D

Smart But Scattered by Peg Dawson,Ed.D and Richard Guare, Ph.D

The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey