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Danielle Burns » Bio


I love working with everyone at this school, primarily because of the diversity, community, and passion for growth and excellence that the team strives for on a daily basis. Here is a little bit about me: 


I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology, from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. In preparation for graduate school, I worked as an ABA therapist where I fell in love with children with special needs as well as their surrounding communities. In 2015, I received my Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences in San Marcos, CA. Since then, I have worked in outpatient pediatric therapy clinics and schools with a variety of ages and diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, sensory integrative disorders, developmental delays, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Specific Learning Disorders, and more.  My passion is to make therapy a fun, enjoyable experience, while secretly pushing for excellence and challenging the child to grow beyond their perceived abilities.


If you catch me outside of work, you will most likely find me out in the fresh air, with my husband and 2 daughters, doing some of our favorite activities: rock climbing, camping, paddle boarding, or playing fetch with their border collie (Finn).