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®