“I Can Do It!”:
Encouraging Independence With Dressing and Bathing in Children
11:00am – 11:45am

In this presentation we discuss the most common difficulties parents face with teaching their kids to dress and bathe; finding time to practice, motor skills needed, safety concerns, and ways to make it fun.


Dr. Ewing graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2019 with her degree in physical therapy, prior to that she studied Kinesiology also at Texas Woman’s University. Throughout her training Dr. Ewing worked in a pediatric complex care home, in an outpatient pediatric therapy setting and worked in pediatric pelvic health. Since graduation Dr. Ewing has worked in early child intervention. Prior to COVID-19 Dr. Ewing ran a pro bono vestibular PT clinic in West Dallas and performed developmental screens at a local women and children’s shelter. Dr. Ewing’s favorite part of working in ECI is getting to provide children and families with the tools they need so that their kids can “get into lots of trouble”.

Sam Ewing, PT, DPT

Jenna Zansler graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in clinic and early intervention settings with the pediatric populations throughout her career. She has experience with a variety of diagnoses and conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, hemiparesis, as well as a variety of seizure and genetic conditions. Jenna has training in the SOS Feeding Program, Melanie Potock’s Feeding Course, Interactive Metronome, TheraSuit Basic and Advanced Training, as well as a variety of motor and neurological trainings. In her spare time, she likes to play golf with friends, read and spend time with her family.

Jenna Zansler, OTR

Emma Rivera graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2018 with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has been a speech therapist with The Warren Center ever since. Emma has a special interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She has had training in the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system LAMP Words for Life, the PLAY Project, and Melanie Potock’s Feeding course. Emma’s favorite part of working in Early Intervention is seeing the parents’ skills blossom and watching them become the best teachers they can be.

Emma Rivera, M.A. CCC-SLP