Occupational Therapy Services

Services Offered at WriteSteps Occupational Therapy

  • At WriteSteps Occupational Therapy, located in San Diego, comprehensive evaluation and treatment in numerous areas, including visual motor skills, visual perceptual skills, handwriting, self-care,  and sensory integration.
  • One-on-one treatment to ensure an optimal learning environment for a child’s success.
  • Specializing in strengthening fine motor skills as they relate to handwriting and a child's day to day activities.
  • OT treatment sessions to be directly related to the school and home environment.
  • Teacher and parent consultation is provided in order to ensure cohesion among therapy, home, and school environment.
  • Workshops provided to teachers and parents to help provide strategies to improve fine motor skills and handwriting in the classroom or at home.

Programs Used at WriteSteps Occupational Therapy

At WriteSteps Occupational Therapy, located in San Diego, Danielle combines a variety of programs and strategies to provide the highest level of individualized care. She believes in treating the child using a variety of methods in order to provide the "best fit" for each child. Programs that may be incorporated during therapy sessions include:

  • Neurokinesthetic approach included in handwriting methods
  •  Handwriting Without Tears-Upper and Lower Case Printing and Cursive
  •  Benbow’s Loops and Groups Cursive Handwriting Program
  •  Encorporates the following programs into treatment to address both visual motor and visual perceptual aspects of handwriting:
  • Write From the Start By Teodorescu and Addy
  • Callirobics: Handwriting Exercises to Music
  • Let's Do It Write-Copying From the Board
  • Anne Arbor Visual Tracking Program
  • Visual Perceptual Skill Building by Critical Thinking Books
  • Brain Gym
  • Brain Balance Program by Dr. Melillo
  • The ALERT Program: How Does Your Engine Run?
  • Take Five: Staying Alert at Home and School
  • The Wilbarger Brushing Program

Recommended Reading

These books are selected because they have been read by Danielle and are incorporated into treatment sessions as seen fit.

  • Occupational Therapy for Children by Jane-Case Smith
  • Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation by Henderson and Pehoski
  • Fine Motor Olympics by Marcia Bridgeman
  • Answers to Distraction by Hallowell and Ratey
  • Learning Outside the Lines by Mooney and Cole
  • The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald Davis
  • Disconnected Kids by Robert Melillo
  • The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
  • The Out of Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Kranowitz
  • (Sensory) Tools for Teachers by Diana Henry
  • Tools for Parents by Diana Henry
  • Tools for Teens: Strategies to Promote Sensory Processing by Diana Henry
  • Tools for Toddlers by Diana Henry
  • Sensory Integration and the Child by Jean Ayres
  • Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration by Yack, Aquilla, and Sutton
  • The Sesnory-Sensitive Child by Smith and Gouze
  • Emergence: Labeled Autistic By Temple Grandin and Margaret Scariano
  • Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration by Koomar, Kranowitz, et al.
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk by Faber and Mazlish

 

Clientele

At WriteSteps Occupational Therapy, Danielle works with children throughout San Diego County from ages 2 through high school. Diagnoses of some of her clients include:

  • Dysgraphia
    (difficulty in producing legible
    handwriting)
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Autism
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy