Children make progress in Occupational Therapy with me because I am dedicated to their progress, I am trained in a variety of approaches and I use methods that teach the child how to problem-solve, how to be independent for their age, cognitive level, and abilities.
No matter what skill area your child is working on, I use a dynamic and personalized approach for the child to achieve sustainable results with a coaching structure for the parent and caregivers, because I believe it is critical for you and your child to have multiple “tools” in your toolbox. I take a real-life approach to your child’s areas of concern, avoiding cookie-cutter therapy.
The children that I work with are not in therapy with me for years, because they work on functional and attainable goals and when they reach their goals, they are meeting them on a consistent basis outside of therapy. Parents feel confident helping their child feel successful outside of therapy. While I dislike saying good-bye to some of the hardest working and cutest kids ever, I am so honored when they meet their goals.
I often have the same clients return for therapy and ask “OT Vanessa, can we work on this now?”
The children I work with make the most progress in functional skills because I expect a lot from them, with a loving approach, and they work hard. I happily teach and involve parents and caregivers to do the same.
Treatment techniques and approaches:
Purpose of a consult
The consult allows me to understand your specific concerns and goals for your child. I pride myself in the relationships I establish with my clients. Consults are an important step in determining how your child may benefit from therapy services, whether it is with Movement with Meaning or not, I have the referrals and resources to provide you with answers. An evaluation with me may or may not be recommended based on the information you provide.
Other reasons for a consult
Consults also help parents decide if their child is appropriate for a Kids Group. Health professionals contact me as well. So many people tell me, “I wish I would have known about your services sooner” or “I wish I would have known I could talk to someone about this earlier”.
Evaluations are an opportunity for me to interact with your child one-on-one and devote time to you in-person to develop the best plan for your child’s individual needs.
If you are in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, evaluations are done in the convenience of your home, through parent interview and thorough assessment in your child’s area or areas of challenges. If you are located outside of Hillsborough or Pinellas County there are several other options for location of the evaluation. See locations to know where I serve the children of our community!
The evaluation helps me understand your child’s strengths and difficulties, and we’ll discuss intervention strategies that will help your child reach their own level of independence and success.
After the evaluation, you will receive a written report of established goals, timelines, and recommendations.
An individualized approach is taken for every child to reach their level of independence.
Your child is successful with me because I take into account the whole child and what impacts their movement- cognitive, neuro-musculoskeletal, sensory, perceptual, social-emotional, and environmental systems.
One treatment approach does not fit every child so I adapt my approach so that your child is challenged yet still feels successful and continues to make progress after treatment sessions have ended.
Treatment is recommended after an evaluation when it is demonstrated that your child’s participation in day-to-day events is limited or challenged when compared to same-age peers due to physical, emotional, behavioral, developmental, sensory, or social challenges.
Based on the information gathered from the evaluation, goals are established and measured each session to ensure progress is achieved.
After the Evaluation, you will receive a written report of established goals, timelines, and recommendations.”
During the evaluation, a frequency of treatment for one-on-one sessions is recommended based on the needs of your child, their motivation level and your schedule.
For your child to make maximum progress, sessions are typically scheduled 2-4 times per week for 60-75 minutes each session. If there is another frequency that is appropriate for your child’s needs, this will be discussed during the evaluation.
Where your child is treated depends on their specific needs. The evaluation helps determine what fits your child best.
I travel to you:
At-home in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and parts of Polk County.
For Aquatic Therapy provided in a private heated pool in South Tampa.
For Sensory Integration Therapy at We Rock The Spectrum.
For Kids Groups at We Rock The Spectrum.
I accept all major credit cards and checks.
If you are interested in going through your insurance you may submit self-claims. I do not bill your insurance. If you use Medicaid as your primary or secondary insurance carrier, I am a Medicaid provider and accept a limited number of Medicaid patients per year.