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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy uses activity as well as talking to support healing, personal growth, and life satisfaction. An OT can help children who struggle to do everyday tasks as well as those with various social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties including those on the spectrum and with sensory processing issues. For kids, this includes tasks that are part of learning and functioning well at school. OT works on the skills kids need to do the things they struggle with.

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Meet Jess

Jessica is an internationally licensed occupational therapist in both Ontario, Canada and New York, USA. She graduated from D'Youville University with a Bachelor and Master of science in Human Occupation + Occupational Therapy in 2021. Since then, Jessica has been working in Buffalo, New York as a pediatric occupational therapist, particularly in a school-based setting with children between the ages of 3-17 years old. She has experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disability, mental health/behavioural disorders, and more. She also has experience providing skilled occupational therapy to adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, sub-acute rehab, outpatient, and home health. 


Through her work experience in various settings, Jessica found that her passion was in pediatric occupational therapy, as watching and helping her clients grow and progress towards their goals is the most fulfilling and rewarding part of the job. She is committed to providing client-centered occupational therapy services, focusing on areas that are most important to her clients and their families. 

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As an Occupational Therapist, Jess utilises a client-centered approach to assess and understand what may be impacting your child's mental health and wellbeing. Jess focuses on play as this is the universal language for children to express their inner world, thoughts and feelings. She aims to support connection between a child's experiences and their narratives as well as connecting with those around them.

Jess approach in therapy comprises of 4 main concepts:

  • Playfulness - Being playful to engage and build a meaningful relationship with your child

  • Acceptance - Accepting of your child's emotional states

  • Curiosity - Being curious about their play and behaviours

  • Empathy - Providing empathy with their stories, experiences, and emotions




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4. Raising a Secure Child - How Circle of Security Parenting Can Help You Nurture Your Child's Attachment, Emotional Resilience, and Freedom to Explore by Kent HoffmanGlen Cooper, and Bert Powell
With Christine M. Benton Foreword by 
Daniel J. Siegel

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