Paeton earned her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in pediatrics since graduating and has worked in the clients’ homes and in private practice.
She has experience working with children ranging from infancy to adolescence with varying diagnoses such as: Autism, Down syndrome, global developmental delay, ADD/ADHD, and other medically complex diagnoses. Paeton is trained and certified in responsive feeding approaches including: AEIOU approach (acceptance, exposure, independence, observation, and understanding for integrated treatment of infants and young children with challenging feeding disorders using sensory, oral motor, biomedical and environmental strategies) and the Get Permission™ approach. She also has received training in the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol for feeding in order to address more complex oral motor deficits affecting feeding.
Paeton finds a special interest in working with the Autistic population and is growing in her skill base in order to best serve all of her children and families. She believes it is imperative to build a connection with the child and their families. She has undergone introductory training inDIRFLOORTIME®, which is a highly recognized evidence-based approach that stresses the importance of connection and understanding of individual differences to best support the child. Paeton is committed to providing a “safe space” for children to come and gain confidence in their abilities to participate in everyday activities that are important to them and their families.
Paeton was born and raised in Alabama, and now lives in Marietta with her husband, son, and dog. When not working, Paeton enjoys spending time with family and friends (centered around good food), hiking, and cheering on the Auburn Tigers (War Eagle!).