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I am a licensed pediatric occupational therapist who is dedicated to helping your child reach their full potential. I completed my bachelor’s in human relations at St. Joseph’s College and my master’s of science in occupational therapy degree at Stony Brook University. I have provided occupational therapy services to children ages 3-18 years, and their families, in school, home, and virtual settings. I look at physical, emotional, social, cognitive and sensory challenges that may be impacting your child’s ability to successfully participate in their meaningful occupations. I use a multi-sensory and neurodiversity affirming approach to meet your child where they are, create meaningful and attainable goals for their therapy, and help them fully engage in their occupations.
Areas Occupational Therapy Can Address
Fine motor skills
Your child is using fine motor skills when they use the small muscles in their hands and wrists to make movements to perform a task.
Examples of fine motor skills:
- Holding a pencil
- Using scissors, rulers, or other school tools
- Drawing and coloring
- Completing daily tasks such as brushing teeth and getting dressed
Gross motor skills
Your child is using gross motor skills when they are using large muscles to perform whole body movements to complete a task.
Examples of gross motor skills:
- Maintaining upright position in chair
Visual motor skills
Visual motor skills require the use of your eyes and hands in a coordinated manner to perform a task.
Examples of visual motor skills:
- Catching a ball
- Copying visual information
- Building with blocks
Sensory processing describes our brain’s ability to take in information from the environment and react accordingly. We often go through this process without even noticing.
- The brain of someone with sensory processing challenges may have trouble filtering, organizing and/or interpreting information taken in by their senses. This can cause extreme reactions to sensations like textures, noises, tastes, smells or bright lights.
Regulation refers to our ability to increase or decrease alertness or arousal to match a situation or environment.
- Many children with inappropriate regulation skills cannot control or adjust their responses in socially acceptable ways. Some children can self-soothe but others need assistance to reach a “just right” state.
Executive functioning refers to the mental skills that allow us to manage day-to-day tasks, stay safe, and get work done.
Examples of executive functioning skills:
- Problem solving
Social skills allow us to communicate and interact with others, both verbally and nonverbally (gestures, body language).
- When children struggle with anxiety, fear, transitions, outbursts, or big emotions social emotional development can be impacted.