Amy was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin, and then attended Texas Woman’s University in Houston where she received her Masters of Occupational Therapy.
Amy has been practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist since 2008 and has treated children in a variety of settings including outpatient, acute care, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and the home environment. Amy started practicing as a pediatric occupational therapist at Dell Children’s Medical Center where she gained tremendous experience working with medically fragile children. She also worked as a developmental therapist and feeding specialist in their level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Amy has extensive experience working with a variety of diagnoses including neurological disorders, sensory processing disorder, autism, developmental delays, and pediatric feeding disorders.
Over the years Amy has become particularly passionate about feeding therapy. Amy specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding/swallowing disorders. As a pediatric feeding specialist, Amy helps support infants, toddlers, children, and their families with feeding; with the goal of mealtimes being more enjoyable for everyone!
Amy has post graduate advanced training/continuing education in the following areas:
- The Get Permission Approach to Anxious Eater, Anxious Mealtimes by Marsha Dunn Klein, M.Ed.,OTR/L. FAOTA
- Children and Food Regulation: The Research by The Ellen Satter Institute
- Children and Food Acceptance: The Research by The Ellen Satter Institute
- Feeding Development: Understanding the Spectrum of Feeding in Children by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
- ARFID-The Anxious Eater by Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
- Table Food School by Elisha Grogan, MOT, OTR/L
- SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding Therapy by Kay Toomey, PhD
- Advanced SOS Feeding Therapy Courses by Kay Toomey, PhD
- Food Scientist Adaptation of the SOS Approach to Feeding
- Feeding the 6-16 Month-Old Child: The SOS Approach to Feeding Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders
- Helping Children Transition Off Supplemental Tube Feedings: The SOS Approach to Feeding Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders
- Children with Gastroesophageal Reflux: The SOS Approach to Feeding Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders
- Feeding Matters Pediatric Feeding Conference 2015: “It takes a Village”
- Pediatric Feeding: The Big Picture-The Five Key Domains in Feeding Disorders by Jennifer Meyer, MA, CCC-SLP
- NICU Intervention: Swallowing and Feeding in the Nursery and After Discharge by Catherine Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP
- NICU Feeding Frustrations: A Cue-Based Approach for the Entire Team by Catherine Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP
- Pediatric Swallow Studies: From Physiology to Analysis by Catherine Shaker, MS/CCC-SLP
- Tracheostomy and Swallowing: Pediatrics to Adult by Michele Clouse, MA, CCC-SLP
- Treatment Strategies for Improvement of Oral Motor, Feeding and Respiratory Coordination Function by Rona Alexander, PhD, CCC-SLP
- Workshop on Feeding Disorders in the Preterm Infant by Marjorie Meyer Palmar, MA, LSP
- “How Does Your Engine Run?”- The Alert program for self-regulation
Amy Thompson Martin, OTR, MOT
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Pediatric Feeding Specialist