After 40+ years of broad experience in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, I have come to focus on children who struggle in:
Using the DIR/Floortime Model, my work is considered Best Practice and is empirically supported.
The best teacher for a child is his or her parents and/or primary caregiver.
Typically, parents and I collaborate to understand the developmental picture of your child. Because we want the child to learn, master skills, and raise the bar on their development, we focus intervention on learning within the relationship with you, the parent.
We follow your child’s lead and your feedback.
Your child is my teacher, and your observations as well as the teacher’s observations are my most important tool. I modify each session from your child’s response to the strategies provided in a previous session, and from your comments about how you see your child function. Normal development does not occur in a linear fashion, therefore our work is dynamic and flexible enough to meet your child at his or her developmental level. There are no checklists to follow, rather they are developmental concepts. The goals are continuously updated in accordance with your child’s progress.
There is no homework
Working collaboratively, parents learn strategies that can be incorporated into daily lives. Your child practices repeatedly throughout the day. We want the clinical work to generalize into their ability to function in their typical environment. The work is hard, but we know that for something to improve, we must practice often.