Welcome to a Place to Grow

We provide occupational therapy to children of all ages.  The aim of Occupational Therapy is to facilitate the child’s ability to participate in the everyday tasks of childhood (work, play and self-care). The name A Place to Grow was chosen to symbolize our belief that when children and families are provided with support and rich, fertile conditions they can develop, grow, and flourish along their own unique individual trajectory.

A Place to Grow is located in a dedicated therapy space in pediatric occupational therapist Amy Loesch’s home. The space includes a waiting area, a sensory integration gym, a naturalistic kitchen-dining area to work on feeding/eating skills and spaces for small groups, pretending/play skills and table top tasks (fine motor skill development, handwriting).  It is a warm, cozy, environment where children and families can feel welcomed, comfortable and safe.

About

I am Amy Loesch, OTR/L, an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience.  I have worked with kids and families in public and private schools, in home health and in the clinic setting. I have also worked as a consultant providing occupational therapy based support strategies for kids with developmental and/or behavioral challenges in their daycare or preschool settings. I am also the mother of twin teenagers who, along with all the other kids who I have had the pleasure of working and playing with, continue to affirm my deep love and appreciation of the magic of development!

I am so lucky to have two, experienced and amazing colleagues to work alongside me.  Natalie Mason, MS, OTR/L has 20 years experience working with kids in private and public school settings (Kindergarten through High school), as well as in the clinic setting.  Kristen Jacobsen, MS, OTR/L has been working with children for the past 10 years. She has experience working in the public school, in the clinic and has advanced training in the DIRFloortime® methodology.  I feel privileged to have at both these therapists at A Place to Grow supporting kids and families!

What we believe…

  • We believe that children deserve to be supported, loved and valued for who they are.
  • We believe that all children want and need to feel strong, confident and capable and to be successful in conquering challenges.
  • We believe that play is a powerful medium for facilitating growth and development in all areas of a child’s life.
  • We believe that learning happens in the context of being in warm, nurturing, supportive relationships with others.
  • We believe in family centered care. Families love their children and want what is best for them. A child’s family is his/her most important resource. Together we can help the child grow and be successful in the tasks of childhood.

 

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Comprehensive assessments and screenings
  • School visits with written strategies to support children in their school environments
  • Guidance in creating “Sensory Diets,” environmental modifications and facilitation of executive function/organizational strategies in the home or school settings
  • Interdisciplinary coordination with other professionals

 

We offer both individual and group therapy:

 

  • Individual occupational therapy addresses a wide variety of developmental and functional challenges including:
    • Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory Modulation Challenges, Sensory Discrimination Disorder and Sensory Based Motor Disorder/Dyspraxia)
    • Self-Regulation/Emotional-Regulation weaknesses
    • Social thinking weaknesses
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Selective Eating
    • Fine motor, Visual Perceptual and Visual Motor Integration Weaknesses
    • Graphomotor (writing and drawing) Challenges.

 

  • We offer several small ongoing therapeutic social groups in a wide range of ages that we run weekly to support self-regulation, social play skills, relationship building and social thinking.  We use an eclectic approach in these groups but rely heavily on concepts from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® and Leah Kuyper’s Zones of Regulation frameworks.

Some of the therapeutic approaches we use include:

  • Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing
  • Social Thinking®
  • Zones of Regulation®
  • DIRFloortimeâ (Developmental, Individual-differences, Relationship- based Model )
  • Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach
  • Therapeutic Listening®
  • Handwriting Without Tears®

Contact

Phone: 919-321-2183

Fax: 919-321-0609

Email: amy@aptgtherapy.com