Alaan, Mrs. J.

Jessica Alaan, MS, OTR
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​Occupational Therapy

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! 

I have been working in the Long Hill Schools since 2007 as the district's Occupational Therapist. Prior to working in Long Hill Township I worked for four years in public and private schools and a private practice setting in Northern New Jersey.  When not working, I enjoy spending time with my two children and husband.

Since starting in Long Hill, I have taken all courses necessary to become Level I certified in "Handwriting without Tears". I take several continuing education courses a year to further my knowledge and skills.  Courses I have taken include but are not limited to; self-regulation and sensory integration, vision and vestibular processing, therapeutic handling, therapeutic taping and sound based therapies.  I also hold an advanced Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.

I spend my time in Gillette, Millington and Central Schools working closely with the students, as well as the teachers, in order to facilitate the maximum level of gains. I use various approaches when working with the children; including sensory integration, motor skill acquisition and strengthening. I have found that a combination of all approaches maximizes gains. During the occupational therapy sessions, I use games and activities that are internally motivating for the children and address as many areas as possible through play# Occupational therapy sessions are delivered individually, in small groups, in class and through consultation depending on the needs of the individual student.

Students are given individualized home programs or activities to practice at home, based on the needs of the individual child. It is recommended that all students take time to be active each day. It is also beneficial for students to engage in various fine motor tasks at their current skill level.

If you would like to contact me you can email me at jalaan@longhill.org or call at 908-647-2313 ext. 1001

Please be mindful that I travel between all three schools so it may take up to 24 hours for me to receive a voicemail, making email the best way to reach me.