My name is Tiffany Clark, and I have been a pediatric Occupational Therapist since September 2006. I have worked with children with Autism, Down's Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Motor Delays, Learning Disabilities, and Self-Regulation Challenges in a variety of settings, including Sensory Integration clinics, public and private schools, U.S. and African therapy camps, and a non-profit therapy center in Romania. Over the years, I have become certified in Sensory Integration through the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program, to teach Loving Touch Infant Massage to parents and caregivers, and in Basic DIR/Floortime treatment and have received training in Interactive Metronome, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, Integrated Listening Systems' Focus Program and Safe and Sound Program, Rhythmic Movement Training and other reflex integration strategies, and brain-based postural control development and sensory integration.
First and foremost though, I am a Christian, born again and saved by trusting in Jesus' death on the cross to pay for my sins and in His resurrection from the dead and through repentance of my sins, by grace alone. Christ's immense love for me compels me to follow Him wherever He leads and to make Him Lord of my life. Over 16 years ago, God laid it on my heart to use the gifts and skills that He has given me to help bring healing, Christ's love, and the Gospel to hurting and struggling children in Romania, and I am thrilled that He has now provided the opportunity for me to do so!
God has opened doors for me to partner with Firm Foundations Romania, and I am currently planning on moving to Brasov in January 2023 to begin ministering with them there. I am thrilled that God has connected me with this organization that has been caring for and sharing the Gospel with children in the Brasov area for 20 years and that I get to work with their wonderful team of women who have God's heart for children in Romania!
Under Firm Foundations Romania, I am planning on providing individual Occupational Therapy for the children with motor, sensory, learning, and regulation challenges that they minister to in the Roma (Gypsy) village of Budila, at their new Agape Center.
At the end of each session, I plan to go through a Gospel lesson with each child, using the book The Gospel Made Clear to Children by Jennifer Adams as the foundation of our lessons.
In addition to individual therapy, I plan on consulting with the After School Program teachers to share with them developmental motor activities that they can do with their students.
The children living in Budila live in extreme poverty and face neglect, abuse, and prejudice on a regular basis. I am so blessed to get to serve them using the gifts that God has given me and to share Jesus with them.
It is also part of my plan to train Firm Foundations Romania hospital volunteers in infant massage techniques and other motor development activities to help them facilitate brain and body development in the children. If it can be arranged, I hope to be able to consult with hospital staff about infant development as well.
When I am not with the children in Budila, I also plan on returning to the orphanage to visit the children there and will be looking for other opportunities to minister to children living in the orphanage and/or in foster/adoptive families, including providing therapy for and sharing Jesus with adopted/foster children in Brasov. I am excited to see what God will do and where He will continue to lead me!