Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapy services helps children and families become independent in all activities of daily living including work and play. Occupational therapist help children better navigate their environments through sensory experiences. Once a child feels comfortable with their bodies, they are able to build friendships, play and meet their own needs. We work closely with the family to create fun learning experiences to help children meet their goals, and learn the skills they need to thrive.
Here are some signs your child may need an Occupational Therapy evaluation:
- Running normal errands seems impossible
- Small problems turn into big issues really fast
- Emotional Outbursts for seemingly no reason
- Transitions, challenges and disruption in routines are challenging
- Lack of safety awareness
- Life Skills are problematic (bathing, grooming, potty training)
- School readiness
- Food issues (eating, swallowing, pickiness)
- Behavioral Issues
- Sensory Issues
Some common diagnosis for Occupational Therapy:
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Developmental delays
- Sensory processing disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Failure to thrive
- Fine motor delays
- Cognitive disorders
- Vestibular issues
Meet the Team
Amy, MS, OT/L
Occupational Therapy & Clinic Coordinator
Amy is currently registered with the NBCOT and licensed as an Occupational Therapist in the state of NH. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from SUNY Potsdam and her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College. She has extensive training in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, retained reflexes, picky eating and vision disorders. She is trained in the SOS Approach to feeding, Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and the Zones of Regulation programs. During college she worked as a youth advocate for low income families, an outdoor therapeutic recreation counselor for juvenile delinquents, and as a middle school paraprofessional. As a former Army wife, she’s diversified her practice in pediatrics from New York, to Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Haiti. Amy believes that family-centered care is the best approach to help each child reach their greatest potential. In her free time, Amy loves to hike, read, and go on adventures with her husband and daughter.
Maribel graduated from the University of Puerto Rico. She is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. She has worked with children in many settings since her graduation that includes: early intervention, outpatient, and school, and also works with the geriatric population. She has experience working with multiple diagnosis providing treatment interventions for: developmental delays, fine motor, visual perceptual, visual motor, sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, orthopedic, feeding and other challenges. Maribel worked in Puerto Rico, Japan and California, northern Maine before she moved to this area. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, and loves teaching her dancing lessons.
Gabby graduated from UNH in 2020. She began working at Reach for the Top as an OT student in April 2019. She enjoys working with children and their families and excited to continue to gain skills as her grows at Reach. Originally from NY, Gabby enjoys making the most of the time in the seacoast by spending time at the beach and skiing with friends and family.
Robyn, M.S. OTR/L
Robyn graduated from the Occupational Therapy Master’s Program at The University of New Hampshire. She is highly skilled at working with children of all ages with a variety of behavior and sensory disorders. Her expertise comes from over 10 years of experience working with children with various psychological and behavior disorders including but not limited to: Autism, ADHD, ODD, Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), Learning Disabilities, etc. Robyn has a very energetic and compassionate personality; and uses these traits in order to find creative ways to help support families, and motivate children to learn and grow while having fun during each session. She is from Dover, New Hampshire and enjoys swimming, biking, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
Cari, MS, OTR/L
Cari received a Bachelor’s degree in European History from the State University of New York at Albany, and earned her Master’s from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University. She is licensed to practice in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Throughout her career, Cari has consistently supported children and families, wearing many hats. She has worked in Early Intervention, provided home based therapy, developed a social thinking and recreation program for children and teens, and is a school-based clinician. She pairs her therapeutic skills with her passion for the outdoors as a volunteer coach for children and adults in an adaptive snow sports program. Cari feels fortunate that she gets to play for a living, providing therapy that is fun and engaging. She is excited to be adding clinic work here at Reach for the Top! When she is not at work, she is happiest being outside – running and cycling around the Seacoast, or hiking and skiing in the mountains.
Make an Appointment
How do I make an appointment?
- Give us a call at 603-740-3534 and speak to a knowledgeable staff member to see if these services are right for you!
- Schedule an evaluation
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What about insurance?
We accept Wellsense, AmeriHealth Caritas, Medicaid, Tricare, Anthem, United, Cigna, and many other forms of insurance. Please call us, 603-740-3534 if you have a question about your specific insurance policy, or need additional support.
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Your first visit
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