Who We Are

Who We Are

Meet Our Occupational Therapist

Theresa McCarty Oster

Theresa McCarty Oster, OTR/L received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1984 from the University of Illinois - College of Allied Health Professions at the Medical Center Campus in Chicago.

Theresa has worked with children and adults with varying disabilities including Autism, Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Sensory Modulation Dysfunction, Oral Motor Concerns, and Handwriting Difficulties. Her experiences include: evaluations, set-up of treatment plans, home programs as well as school programs, and providing both clinic and classroom treatment. She has developed in-services and ongoing training for staff. Currently, she is developing programs for the Barbara Olson Center of Hope.

Theresa has offered classes through Rock Valley College in Sensory Integration Strategies for the Home, as well as, Sensory Integration Strategies for the Classroom. She has taught a graduate level class in Sensory Integration for the Classroom for Aurora College. The Rockton School District in Rockton, IL has had Theresa teach bi-yearly in-services from 2005 through 2009.

Theresa McCarty Oster completed classes for Sensory Integration and received her Praxis Test Certification #5997 in July, 1989. To remain current in the new techniques for intervention, she retook Sensory Integration Intervention Course 4 of SIPT Training in December, 2009. She was a co-author of Adaptive Feeding Curriculum for NSSEO in Palatine, IL in July, 1995, and revised in August 1998. She has co-authored several grants, including for Sonoma Wineries for Autism Society and The Coleman Foundation program. In 2011, Theresa was elected as Director of Membership for the ILOTA State Board.

Meet Our Clinic Coordinator

Vickey Alexander

Vickey Alexander, STC has worked in the medical and rehabilitation field for the past 25 years. Since 2007 she has worked at the Barbara Olson Center of Hope where she has gained much experience working with adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, and many other varying disabilities. While here, Vickey has had the opportunity for extensive training on the Sensory Systems, Sensory Integration and on the TEACCH method. She has since advanced and currently is the Sensory Therapy Coordinator of the O.T. Department for the Center, assisting the Occupational Therapist to run therapy programming and scheduling, as well as, providing staff training.