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Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following her Bachelor’s degree, Heather received a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, in 2009, from the University of Florida. Since completion of graduate school, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient neurology, inpatient physical rehabilitation and pediatric rehab. Currently, Heather splits her time between Shands Rehab at UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration and Shands Rehab for Kids at Magnolia Parke.
Heather provides occupational therapy evaluations and treatment for patients seen in the Ataxia clinic and Muscular Dystrophy clinics. She also evaluates and treats a variety of other movement disorders diagnoses including Parkinson’s, Parkinsonisms, Dystonia, Essential Tremor and Tics/Tourette’s Syndrome.
Heather has received specialized training for LSVT BIG ® and Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT).

UF Health CAN Team Building

Friday, October 13, 2019 Team Building Event UF Health CAN hosted a team building event with critical members of the center. The event was dedicated to ensuring collaboration and effective…

Free-100 Day Tool Kit

Autism Speaks has created a 100 Day Kit that helps families and children best manage the first 100 days after an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. In this packet, you will find information on the diagnosis, treatment, resources and…

Successful Fundraising Event

  The Down to Earth Boutique in the Town of Tioga Center hosted a “Sip & Shop” fundraising event for the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (UF Health CAN) in November 2019. Read about the event…

UF CAN has FUN for Halloween

UF Health CAN teams displays their fun collaboration and Halloween spirit as the cast of Despicable Me.

News Article

Florida church opens coffee shop run young adults with autism. Read about it here.

News Article

Boy born with autism now named one of the smartest in the world.  Read about it here.

News Article

Read about NBC’s article about why autism research is shifting away from searching for a “cure” here.

Santa Fe Teaching Zoo Becomes Inclusive

The Santa Fe Teaching Zoo is working with the University of Florida Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment to become a sensory inclusive-certified facility. Read About it here. Santa Fe Teaching Zoo Event…