This isn't your typical OT! I work hard to make sure your child's biggest challenges are addressed as he or she builds important skills to last a lifetime. Confidence, anxiety-busting, and self-regulation are incorporated into sessions to combine the best of all worlds and ensure your child makes optimal progress. Sessions can take place where you choose, including the community to generalize skills. I give you the tools and a great home program to make sure you feel knowledgeable and confident in skill development. Felt overwhelmed at the last IEP meeting? I can help you learn how to make sure your child gets what he or she needs and prepare for the next meeting feeling prepared and peaceful.
Is mealtime a challenge for you and your child? Does your child only eat a small number of familiar foods? Are smells and new foods stressful and scary? I use a systematic approach based on the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding to help your child develop the skills to learn about and eat foods that are nourishing, healthy and fun! For children with sensory processing challenges and eating anxiety, this approach will help them overcome their fears and achieve a new relationship with food- so that they can rely on these skills to try new foods long after therapy is over. Oral motor skills are evaluated and family is part of the process during therapy meals at home.
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
As a provider of CBIT, I help children and adults with behavioral interventions for tics and Tourette Syndrome. CBIT includes a functional behavioral analysis to determine antecedents, external and internal triggers for tics, as well as awareness training. Competing responses are taught and reinforced through guided instruction and practice, and the program includes a tapering of sessions to ensure lasting change. Consultations for assistive technology and modifications related to handwriting and homework, IEP/504 plans, and parent and child advocacy are also provided. Your child with TS can and should thrive!
What is neurofeedback? I've heard of it- but I'm not sure my child could benefit? And what type is the best?
I provide 19-channel Z-Score training neurofeedback which is used for high performance as well as to improve brain function. The American Academy of Pediatrics lists neurofeedback as a 'Level 1' best support treatment option for ADHD. Through evaluation and treatment of brain area connectivity and promoting optimal brain wave ratios, negative symptoms of ADHD, autism, sensory processing disorder, and other disorders can be profoundly reduced. Improvements in focus and regulation can be improved. Your child can make the progress you only dreamed possible!
I am currently in study to achieve Board Certification in Neurofeedback with the Biofeedback International Alliance.
If your child struggles with attention, processing speed, coordination, or working memory, he or she may have delays in neural timing. Interactive Metronome may be the intervention that can help improve the brain's inner timing and rhythm. Using this engaging and evidence-based intervention, neural timing can be improved. Increased accuracy in neural timing can result in better function in expressive and receptive language, reading speed, motor coordination, attention, processing speed and more.