Inviting the body to change - can change a life
Creating Positive, Invited Changes
The Whole Child Associates incorporates traditional occupational therapy philosophies and approaches with alternative bodywork which includes study at the Upledger Institute, Integrative Manual Therapy Seminars, Chikly Institute, and Rhythmic Movement Training International. This gentle, hands-on therapeutic intervention considers various systems of the body including: nervous system, skeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, craniosacral system, lymph system, digestive system, and fascial system. These techniques promote structural and postural changes, creating positive, invited changes, and integrating optimal function. By listening and inviting the body to change long-term changes can occur.
Incorporating the extensive understanding of human development, utilizing perceptive, gentle, hands-on skills, and integrating various techniques, the work is being recognized by my accomplished colleagues and families that have experienced other approaches.
I am a licensed occupational therapist and massage therapist with over 30 years of pediatric experience
I am continuously developing my therapeutic skill level to better serve my clients
My work is being recognized by my accomplished colleagues and families that have experienced other approaches
Licensed Occupational Therapist since 1986
specializing in pediatrics
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2004
Certification in Neuro-Developmental Therapy
Certification in Sensory Integration
Specialized training in Integrative Manual Therapy
Training with the Chikly Institute
Training with Rhythmic Movement Training International
I consider how the body's various systems
may be impacting a child's overall function
I meet the child where they are at, at that moment, and “Provide Resources” and “Invite” the body to change. By inviting the body to change, the change is most likely to be a long-term, change versus a change that is not long-lasting.
I treat children with various diagnoses including:
Sensory Processing Disorders/Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dependent on the needs of the client, the child's typical occupational therapy goals may be achieved by the following interventions:
Integrative Manual Therapy
Meet the client where they are functioning
Learn the client's goals and passions
Utilize the client's interests and passions to meet their own and their parents/caregiver's goals they have for their child
Work with the child, family, medical specialists, outside therapists, and school personnel to better help the child
I work collaboratively with other occupational therapists and therapeutic disciplines. There have been circumstances when a child was referred by a therapist due to the child's development has seemed to have plateaued. Often, after 8 sessions of traditional and non-traditional OT intervention, the child resumes services with their ongoing therapist but at an improved level of skill.
Why The Whole Child Associates?
Working as a whole team with parents, teachers, and additional therapists.
The Whole Child Associates incorporates traditional occupational therapy philosophies and methodologies with alternative bodywork which includes Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) and Reflex Integration.
The training from the Upledger Institute, Integrative Manual Therapy Seminars, and the Chikly Institute incorporates a gentle, hands-on therapeutic intervention that considers all the systems of the body: nervous system, skeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, craniosacral system, lymph system, digestive/ gastro-intestinal system, and fascial system. These techniques promote structural and postural changes and healing. Creating positive, invited changes in the body, and integrating optimal function.
Listening and inviting the body to change through this approach promotes long term changes. Incorporating the extensive understanding of human development with this unique hands-on approach is being recognized by my accomplished colleagues and families that have experienced other approaches.
"Only few months ago we feared our 2 year old might be autistic. Today, we can chat away with our very hardworking son, who is improving with behavior, motor skills, and can now do a variety of his age appropriate tasks. Janet always so creatively found clues in his response and behavior to adjust the type of task, type of exercise, adjust the massage, in effect creating such customized personal therapy for him. Communication with Janet was fantastic and we felt our son got the best specialized care under the sun he so needed."