Biography

Ms. Sanders received a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy (1997) and a M.A. degree in Early Childhood Special Education (2006) from the University of New Mexico. She is currently working on obtaining her Ph.D. in Family and Child Studies.

Personal Statement

Ms. Sanders has focused her work in pediatrics. Upon graduating with her degree in occupational therapy, she worked in the pediatric inpatient rehabilitation department at Carrie Tingley Hospital for several years before accepting a position with the FOCUS program. The FOCUS program is an early intervention program working with children and families with issues of substance abuse and other at-risk factors. This position ignited her interest in working with children and adolescents with adverse childhood experiences. Since taking her faculty position with the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program, she has developed school-wide self regulation and social skill programs for local charter schools. In addition, Ms. Sanders collaborated with two treatment foster care agencies providing parent-child sensory-based attachment groups, summer camps, in home and school consultations.

Areas of Specialty

Specialization #1: Pediatrics

Specialization #2: Trauma and Attachment Informed Care

Specialization #3: Mental Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Specialization #4: International Collaboration and Program Development

Courses Taught

OCC TH 614 – Applied Occupations III – Psychosocial OCC TH 664 – Applied IV – Pediatrics OCC TH 650 - Special Topics: Autism Spectrum Disorders Problem Based Learning Facilitator

Research and Scholarship

Sanders, H., 2019, Standing for the Lost: Supporting Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges at School. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. •

Sanders, H., 2019, Family Centered Care and Motivational Interviewing, Keynote Presentation at the Conference on Modern Evidence Based Rehabilitation Programs for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Sponsored by the Naked Heart Foundation. Tula, Russia.

Sanders, H., 2019, Team Work in Pediatric Rehabilitation, Keynote Presentation at Conference on Modern Evidence Based Rehabilitation Programs for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Sponsored by the Naked Heart Foundation. Tula, Russia.

Leinwand, R., Sanders, H., & Cosbey, J., 2018. Mindshifts in school-based practice: Supporting teachers for student success. AOTA Children and Youth Specialty Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Sanders, H., Apodaca, J. & Sears, A., 2017, Sensory Processing Deficits in Children That Have Experienced Trauma or Neglect. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference. Peer Reviewed Publications

Leinwand, R., Cosbey, J., & Sanders, H. (2018). Better together: Team collaboration in early intervention. AOTA SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 3(1), 7-9.

Sanders, H., MA, Sears, A. & Apodaca, J. (2016). Sensory Focused Play and Attachment: Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Treatment Foster Care. American Journal of Occupational Therapy EI Special Interest Section.