The mission of this program is to enhance the overall functional development of children through a therapeutic stimulation of development, communications and social skill advancement.
HARRIETT WALKER DUMAS, MS, OTR/L, CMT, CNMT
Mrs. Harriett Walker Dumas has directed and co-coordinated camps for children with special needs for seven years. As a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience, her passion is promoting therapeutic gains with patients and students. Her personal camp mission is to promote therapeutic and academic skills enrichment during the summer time with fun activities. This includes fine motor skills, sensory processing skills, social/play skills, reading, attention to task, assistive technology and arts/crafts. Mrs. Dumas recognizes the potential in children’s abilities and strives for optimal achievement of their functional skill levels.
Currently Mrs. Walker Dumas is pursuing a doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy. She obtained her master’s degree from Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tuskegee University in 1996. During her busy schedule, she has completed graduate courses at The University of Massachusetts - Autism Studies program.
Gaining a better understanding of anatomical soft tissue in the body was a focus in 1998. She completed a two-year healthcare professionals massage therapy program at New Life Institute (currently Rising Star Institute) in Atlanta, Georgia. There she obtained a certification in massage and neuromuscular therapy. Mrs. Dumas has successfully incorporated massage as a modality with occupational therapy to assist with normalizing muscle tone for soft tissue manipulation for pediatric and adult patients. She has owned and operated three pediatric therapy facilities in the past promoting the best functional gains for her patients. Her passion is education, implementation and advancement of therapy treatments. As a leading therapist, she has taught professional continuing education classes “Incorporating Massage into Patient Treatment Plans” and “Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques for Improving Therapy Outcomes”.
Her company, Dumas Therapy, also provides contract services in school systems to assist children with excelling in their academics. Mrs. Dumas has also authored a specific handwriting program to assist all children, especially students with Autism and other special needs. The Wonder Paper – Hand Writing Development System has been implemented during her pediatric occupational therapy services for years. In 1998, she also patented and invented “Push-Pipe: The UE Stroke Apparatus” to enhance functional gains with adult hemiplegic patients.