Helen Painter, MA, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and expert advocate.
Her special emphasis includes Special Education, learning disabilities, autism, and sensory processing disorder.
She draws from a deep well of professional expertise and personal experience that spans nearly three decades as a parent, clinician, administrator
Today, as managing director of an international consulting firm based in Palm Springs, California, she works with clients, administrators, and medical practitioners in the United States and Australia.
For U.S. Clients
You want your child to reach their highest potential in learning and life. Helen understands first-hand, the challenges and frustrations you face as a parent. She also knows what it’s like to sit on the other side of the table. You can count on her to help you and your family access and benefit from all the resources available to you through individualized assessment, consulting, and win/win/win advocacy.
For Australian Clients
The Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is intended to help you improve the quality of life. But the system is new. Navigating the complexity to gain access to services can be difficult. Helen is recognized as a leading authority in Australia when it comes to helping clients and consulting with health care practitioners. She can assess individual needs, develop and write plans, and guide each client to access all available resources as an independent advocate. Confidential communication via SKYPE and email.
You have patients and clients in need of specialized assessments and reports to help them gain access to essential services. Helen works with attorneys, physicians, psychologists, therapists, and other professionals as an independent consultant to bridge the gap–providing trusted assessment, report writing, and advocacy.
Professional Education and Highlights
Helen Painter graduated from LaTrobe University in Melbourne Australia where she earned a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialty in Special Education Law from California State University Sacramento.
She has worked as an occupational therapist and administrator in three countries and five states and lectured at every occupational therapy school in Australia and multiple colleges and medical facilities in the United States. Her expert testimony in due process hearings as a clinician and as a school administrator in the state of California led to case law.
The American Occupational Therapy Association recognized her work and contribution to the profession with it’s prestigious Centennial Award in 2017.