Our relationships with our clients, parents, caregivers, colleagues and community set us apart from other practices. We believe that the child who enjoys coming to therapy and feels accepted for who she/he is will make the most progress. We provide a safe and nurturing place where parents can give voice to their concerns regarding their child’s development. Many of our clients require other services besides occupational therapy. We believe in an interdisciplinary model of treatment, to that end, we develop and maintain strong relationships with our colleagues in the community at large. We are current with regard to best practice models and research within the field of pediatric occupational therapy. Our clinic services reflect this knowledge with regard to evaluations, direct services and consultation.
We are able to provide this high level of service due to our strong belief in continuing professional development. We have weekly staff meetings that incorporate an educational component in addition to each staff member having weekly individual supervision. Our clinicians go for professional development training throughout the year. We are a Level II Fieldwork Education site for occupational therapy students who are in the final phases of becoming occupational therapists at the Masters degree level. We consider this an important part of our practice for several reasons. Students bring us into contact with research and best standards practices both through our professional organization, The American Occupational Therapy Association, and with leading universities throughout the country. Thus, the learning relationship is reciprocal. Our staff gets the opportunity to provide supervision and improve their own critical thinking skills which is crucial to professional development. Finally, this is how all of us learned and we believe in turning around and bringing the next generation of therapists into the field. It is a “win win” situation for everyone involved.
For parents, we have a bulletin board in our waiting room with community services, work shops and outreach services. Throughout the school year we offer free lectures to parents and professionals in our community. Topics may include: child development, sensory integration, DIR/Floortime® and information about our groups and summer camp among other topics. These lectures are always posted on our website and in the waiting room. We are happy to recommend books and journal articles for interested parents.