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®