Janet Gunter OTD, OTR/L, SWC (she/her/hers)
Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration, and Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy
Janet Gunter received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. She has worked for more than 20 years as a pediatric occupational therapist, and specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, neuromotor disorders and feeding and oral-motor difficulties and their families. Dr. Gunter has taught courses and hands-on practica on the topics of sensory integration theory and intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders and medical billing and documentation. She is also the director of clinical operations at Therapy West, Inc., where she oversees operations of three clinical sites and supervises both administrative and therapeutic staff.
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
2010 | University of Southern California
Master of Arts (MA)
in Occupational Therapy
1995 | University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science (BS)
in Occupational Therapy
1994 | University of Southern California
Magaña, S., Gunter, J. S., & Blanche, E. I. (2022). Community programs — Program 2: Therapy West Integrated Specialized Play Program (TWISPP). In E. I. Blanche, C. Giuffrida, M. Hallway, B. Edwards, & L. A. Test (Eds.), An evidence-based guide to combining interventions with sensory integration in pediatric practice (pp. 261-267). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003050810-18
Blanche, E. I., & Gunter, J. S. (2020). Sensory processing disorders. In J. B. Benson (Ed.), Encyclopedia of infant and early childhood development (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 116-124). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier Science. Full text Show abstract
Blanche, E. I., Chang, M. C., Gutiérrez, J., & Gunter, J. S. (2016). Effectiveness of a sensory-enriched early intervention group program for children with developmental disabilities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(5), 7005220010p1-7005220010p8. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.018481 Show abstract
Objective. The study's objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Interdisciplinary Sensory-Enriched Early Intervention (ISEEI) group program for children with developmental delays.
Method. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 63 children ages 18-36 mo who participated in ISEEI. We evaluated participants with the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development III (Bayley-III) and the Infant/Toddler Sensory Profile (ITSP) at enrollment and after 3-9 mo. We conducted a paired t test to examine changes in the Bayley-III between pre- and posttests.
Results. At enrollment, 70% of children presented atypical scores in two or more areas of sensory processing in the ITSP. Results revealed that children with sensory processing difficulties demonstrated significant improvement in all areas of development except fine motor skills; children without sensory processing difficulties showed significant improvement in language and cognition.
Conclusion. The ISEEI group program is an effective method to ameliorate developmental delays.
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