Family-Centered

 

We empower parent and child interactions. The family is the context in which the child is learning and growing and we have designed our services with that in mind. We also make a point of engaging the parent or caregiver in therapy sessions, so that they can better understand their child’s needs and learn how to work with their child at home.  This partnership improves children’s level of comfort and restores them to a more productive developmental path.

Following the Child's Lead

 

The practice offers comprehensive sensory-based services for clients and their families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD), autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, sensory based learning disorders, and other developmental issues.  The foundation of my treatment interventions for SPD is arousal regulation with a strong focus on engagement and relationships, sensory integration therapy (SI), integrated listening therapy (ILS), interactive metronome, visual perceptual enhancement (PEP) and parent-focused education to reframe issues and move treatment ideas into the natural home setting.  My framework for treatment is the Sensory Therapies and Research (STAR) Model. The STAR treatment model is intensive, short-term occupational therapy for 30 sessions, 3-5 times per week. However, as an alternative, we can provide weekly sessions, summer intesives, or therapy that supports your schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment

 

An occupational therapy assessment is critical to understanding your child’s strengths and challenges, and must be completed prior to starting treatment.

 

The evaluation includes standardized assessment, clinical observation, a parent interview, a teacher interview, and school visits if necessary. Our goal during the evaluation process is to give you a complete picture of your child’s sensory processing, attention, self-regulation, and motor needs along with recommendations for services and accommodations. 

 

The assessment tools vary depending on the child’s age, abilities, and needs, but may include the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), the Miller Assessment for Preschoolers (MAP), the OTA-Watertown Sensory Modulation and Discrimination Evaluation, the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOT 2), and a variety of additional assessment tools as appropriate.

 

We also offer the Sensory Processing Measure and the Sensory Processing Profile to identify specific treatment areas in the school, home, and community.

 

Therapies

 

  • Integrated Listening System (ILS)

  • Sensory Integration Therapy

  • Zones of Regulation

  • The Alert Program

  • The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach

  • Handwriting Without Tears

  • Loops and Other Groups

  • Social Thinking by Michelle Winter

  • Social Stories by Carol Grey

  • Mind Reading

  • Interactive Metronome (IM)

  • Perceptual Enrichment Program (PEP)

  • Use of assistive technology to enhance writing and organizational skills

 

For a more complete description of these therapies, please click here.

2010 - present

2010 - present