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Sarah Fabrizi, PhD, OTR/L
Sarah Fabrizi, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor - Rehabilitation Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-1854
E-Mail: sfabrizi@fgcu.edu
Office: Marieb Hall 338

Sarah Fabrizi received her Bachelor of Science (BS) and Masters of Health Science (MHS) from the University of Florida.  She has more than 10 years of experience working in adult rehabilitation and pediatric NICU, Early Intervention, PPEC, outpatient, and private practice as an Occupational Therapist.  

Clinical  and Research Interests:

  • Early intervention
  • Community-based interventions for children and families
  • Pediatric
  • Autism
  • Routine-based interventions
  • Play and playfulness
  • Coaching
  • Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions in pediatrics
  • Effectiveness of play based interventions
  • Measurement of play, playfullness, and play participation in children
  • Caregiver sensitivity and responsiveness
  • Playgroups for young children with special needs
  • Community program building in early intervention
  • Early detection and intervention for young children with Autism

Scholarly Works:

Fabrizi, S. (2014, November).  Oh, the ways that we play!  Play participation of two and three year olds with and without autism: a mixed methods studyFaculty mentor for student poster presentation at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, November).  Playing is au-some: A sensorimotor playgroup for children with autismFaculty mentor for student poster presentation at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, August).  Measuring the playfulness of children with special needs in occupational therapist led, caregiver included playgroups.  (Doctoral dissertation)

Fabrizi, S. (2014, June).  Caregiver included community playgroups in early intervention.  Poster session presented at World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress in Yokohama, Japan.

Fabrizi, S. (2014, April).  Splashing our way to playfulness: An aquatic playgroup for Children with AutismPresentation at Promising Pathways 7th Annual Conference on Best Practice in Autism in Fort Myers, Florida.

Fabrizi, S.  (2013, October).  Splashing our way to playfulness: An aquatic playgroup for Children with Autism.  Faculty mentor for student poster presentation presented at Florida Occupational Therapy Association.