Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services
Functional Integrated Therapeutic Services
Our team is led by owner Mark Wilson, MOT, OTR/L who is licensed by the State of California in Occupational Therapy and has been a therapist in the San Diego area for over 20 years. He has a wealth of pediatric experience working with children with ASD, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. His work as a therapist is driven by his passion for success by combining sensory-based strategies with behavioral techniques in order to obtain maximum results. He also currently works with children at the San Diego Center for Children.
Co-Director, Sharon Criger – Physical Therapist
Sharon Criger is a pediatric physical therapist with over thirty years of experience. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1985 and her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2009. Due to her husband’s career in the Navy, she has held licensure in Maryland, Rhode Island, and California. She is a contributing faculty member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, in San Marcos, CA. She has worked in public and private schools, home health and clinic settings. She is a strong advocate for early intervention and has devoted her career to improving the lives of children and young adults.
Lauren Schaefer- Occupational Therapist
Lauren earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness Specialist from San Diego State University. During her undergraduate studies, she traveled through four states in Central Mexico to help serve underprivileged families and learn about the education system, as well as participate in the Isla Urbana Rain Catchment Water System and Food Security project. While earning her master’s degree, she completed her clinical rotations in a skilled nursing facility as well as an outpatient pediatric clinic.
Lauren is currently working on completing her Level 1 Certification to become a Certified Handwriting Specialist, focusing on a multi-sensory approach to teaching handwriting to children and adolescents.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, camping, fishing, and riding ATVs.
Bertha Taylor – Applied Behavior Analyst
Bertha Taylor is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst®. She graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a masters in ABA and holds certificates of specialization in Autism and ABA.
Her expertise is working with children with a variety of neurotypical differences and a continuum of functioning levels. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams on assessments and implementation of behavioral intervention and skill acquisition programs.
She is passionate about improving the quality of life of her clients. She is highly skilled at working with families, educational institutions and organizations. She is also a parent trainer, special education advocate, and an international conference speaker who enjoys reading and traveling.
Jessica Rush, M.S., CCC-SLP
Jessica earned her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2003 from the MGH-Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts, an affiliation of Massachusetts General Hospital. After earning her graduate degree, Jessica relocated to San Diego where she initially worked in the San Diego City Schools, primarily in a middle school setting. After working in the schools for nine years, Jessica wanted to broaden her expertise into a clinical environment and she transitioned into providing services at a pediatric out-patient clinic. She worked at the Crimson Center for Speech & Language for 11 years, six of which she was honored to serve as the Assistant Director. It is with great excitement that Jessica founded Communication Spectrums™ in 2020 in order to continue working with clients and their families in the San Diego area.
Jessica has experience working with children from early intervention (age 0-3) through young adulthood, as well as with adult clients seeking assistance with stuttering and accent modification. With nearly 20 years in the field treating a variety of communication disorders (including speech sound production, receptive/expressive language, pragmatics, and stuttering), experience in the school setting, clinical setting, as well as completing IEEs (Independent Educational Evaluations), Jessica is a well-rounded and experienced clinician.
Jessica is PROMPT© trained, certified in the Hanen-More Than Words® Program and is also a certified trainer in the Compton PESL method (Pronouncing English as a Second Language).