Who makes up the Occupational Therapy team?

Who makes up the Occupational Therapy team?

Our team of occupational therapists are experts in understanding the influence of the person, environment, & occupation and work with children and families to promote sensory integration, motor skills, and social interactions that support independence in everyday activities and meaningful participation in life.

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Dr. Laura Mraz

Specializes in The Intentional Relationship Model, Sensory Integration, Early Intervention, DIR/Floortime, and Healthcare Management.

Dr. Heather F

Specializes in Sensory Integration, Social and Emotional Skills, Visual Perceptual Skills, Feeding Therapy, Early Intervention, and DIR/Floortime.

Jessica H

Specializes in Autism.

Dr. Lauren A

Specializes in DIR/Floortime, Sensory Integration, Social and Emotional Skills, Visual Perceptual Skills, Early Intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Down syndrome.

Dr. Stephen B

Specializes in Pediatrics and Cognition.

Dr. Erin S

Specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, IRM, Executive Functioning Skills, Social-Emotional Skills, Handwriting without Tears, Sensory Integration, and Trauma Informed Care.

Linda M

Specializes in Sensory Integration, DIR Floortime, Intentional Relationship Model, Emotional Regulation, Feeding, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Executive Functioning Skills, Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Groups, and Community Integration.

Dr. Sarah B

Specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Therapeutic Groups, and Social & Emotional Skills.

Rebecca R

Specializes in Occupational Therapy.

Makayla T

Specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration, and Therapeutic Groups.

Hannah P

Specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Integration.

Cara W

Specializes in Sensory Integration, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Handwriting Without Tears.

Together, the OT team seamlessly collaborates with each child’s entire therapeutic team to address best practices and individualized treatment plans.

Meet Our Occupational Therapy Team

Occupational Therapy at Eyas Landing

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on giving children the tools they need to gain independence and actively participate in occupations or activities that are meaningful to them and their families. A child’s “occupation” is to learn, play, participate in school and community activities, and become independent in self-help skills. Children rely on parents, caregivers, and teachers to foster healthy development. For this reason, pediatric occupational therapy focuses on supporting both the child and their families to develop the sensory, cognitive, motor and physical skills children need for successful participation in everyday life.

Since 2007, the occupational therapy team at Eyas Landing has worked with families and other clinicians to ensure that the best client-centered treatment is provided for each child. The occupational therapy team develops individualized treatment plans that addresses each area of function, including overall development delays, not meeting developmental milestones, sensory processing, visual perceptual, motor planning and coordination, fine motor skills, executive functioning skills, and social emotional skills.

At Eyas Landing, the occupational therapy team provides individual services in the home, school, community, and clinic environments to facilitate addressing all areas of the child and collaboration with the child’s team in each setting.

Who benefits from Occupational Therapy?

Children with a variety of needs and difficulties can benefit from occupational therapy services. These difficulties include difficulty maintaining a calm and alert state throughout the day; difficulty with self-help skills, such as restrictive feeding, getting dressed, completing grooming tasks, and toilet training; handwriting difficulties, including legibility and task completion; decreased body awareness, including body draping over people and surfaces and difficulty maintaining an upright position while seated; difficulty interacting with peers and maintaining friendships; difficulty attending to and/or organizing an activity.

Children with the following diagnoses may qualify for occupational therapy services:

Children with the following diagnoses may qualify for occupational therapy services:

Family therapy

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developmental Delay

Learning Disabilities

Sensory Processing Disorder

Cerebral Palsy

Emotional disorder

Genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome and Fragile X

Occupational Therapy Treatment

Occupational therapy will look different for each child depending on the child’s needs and the focus of services. The goal is to build skills for the child, modify the environment to promote independence, and/or alter the task to support participation in daily life. Additionally, therapists and parents collaborate on how the strategies and skills in sessions can be carried over throughout the day.

Strategies used by occupational therapists:

  • Working to tolerate different sensations to support eating a wide variety of foods
  • Swinging and crashing to integrate our sensations to support playing on a playground
  • Building endurance, strength, and coordination while playing on a scooter board or completing a relay race to make dressing easier
  • Playing social games with peers with coaching on how to take turns, express emotions, and play together

Eyas Landing utilizes the latest evidence-based practice to provide the best treatment for your child. Treatment techniques may include the following:

Eyas Landing utilizes the latest evidence-based practice to provide the best treatment for your child. Treatment techniques may include the following:

Family therapy

Sensory Integration

DIR/Floortime

Interactive Metronome

Food Chaining

Astronaut Training

Therapeutic Listening

Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)

Handwriting Without Tears

Visual-Perceptual Skills Training

Social-Emotional Skills Training (e.g., Zones of Regulation, How Does Your Engine Run?, Superflex, etc.)

Successful occupational therapy treatment is a collaborative effort between the therapist(s), family, child, and other caregivers (e.g., teachers, grandparents, medical team, etc.). During the initial evaluation, the parent will complete a sensory-based questionnaire and the therapist will administer standardized assessments. Recommendations are made based on results of the evaluation, and a plan of care is established by the therapist & family. Home programs are also developed to facilitate carryover of treatment strategies and improve progress towards goals.

Goal of Occupational Therapy

The goal for occupational therapy services at Eyas Landing is to provide client centered therapy to address the child’s functioning in a variety of settings so children can achieve their highest level of independence. Therapists strive to increase the child’s overall independence across all environments and support families in building routines and roles that allow for children to interact and participate in their environments. You know your family best and the occupational therapists at Eyas Landing want to work together to meet the goals you have for your child and family.

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