I am committed to delivering excellence in treatment by remaining current with best practices in occupational therapy, designing and implementing innovative therapeutic methods and tailoring them to the needs of each child.
At the first visit, I will assess your child’s strengths and needs using standardized assessments and clinical observations. While the focus of my assessment is on functional skills (handwriting, keyboarding and assistive technology use), it is important to identify the presence of underlying issues. Therefore, I also evaluate your child’s gross and fine motor skills, visual perception, and motor coordination in order to design a comprehensive treatment plan.
My goal is to find the most effective way for your child to demonstrate their knowledge – be it through handwriting, keyboarding or the use of assistive technology. In addition to my handwriting and assistive technology focus, some of my favorite things are to help students ride their bikes, tie their shoelaces and learn ball skills! Most importantly though, all activities are carefully graded to ensure that your child succeeds. This leads to feelings of competence which, in turn, enables them to confront more challenging activities.
IN-SCHOOL SCREENINGS & CONSULTATIONS
Screenings are provided to assist schools with the early identification of students who require further assessment and/ or treatment. Collaborating with teachers and school staff enables easier implementation of accommodations, and carry-over of skills into the classroom setting. Services are provided to schools in the Rockville, Kensington, Garret Park, Potomac, Gaithersburg, and Silver Spring areas.
WORKSHOPS AND IN-SERVICE TRAINING
Workshops are offered to parents and professionals on a range of topics including identifying children with occupational therapy needs, integrating effective handwriting practices in the classroom and implementing assistive technology solutions. Presentations are interactive and provide hands-on, practical strategies.
Cheryl’s occupational therapy services were excellent from beginning to end. At the first appointment, she diagnosed my son with low muscle tone and explained how this accounted for his handwriting difficulties. Over the ensuing course of treatment, Cheryl engaged him with a variety of techniques, resulting in notable progress with handwriting. We couldn’t be more pleased.
- Dr. Carole G, Silver Spring, MD