OTA is offering on-site & telehealth services
OTA is now offering a hybrid model of on-site and telehealth services. Our telehealth model has been very successful for many clients and we plan to maintain these services for as long as possible in addition to continuing our systematic reopening of on-site services. OTA will operate and look different from what we used to as we phase back into operation, but we will be offering the same high-quality services that you have come to expect from us. Throughout the spring and summer, we will be open for on-site services but will continue to limit the number of sessions to support social distance guidelines laid out by the CDC and the state of Massachusetts.
Our plan will be adapted accordingly based on guidance from officials and feedback from clients and staff. Please note that scheduling is a dynamic exercise as we endeavor to recreate structured schedules while adapting to protocols and guidance.
The safety of our staff and clients is our top priority.
Below are some of the protocols and procedures OTA has adopted.
- Drop off arrival – our waiting room will remain closed.
- Temperature checks and hand sanitizing will occur on arrival.
- Masks will be required by all employees and all clients and/or caregivers at all times when approaching and inside the center .
- Limited in-clinic sessions to support social distancing.
- Stringent COVID-19 specific cleaning will occur at regular intervals throughout the day.
We look forward to welcoming you to our on-site or virtual space.
Take a virtual tour of OTA The Koomar Center, located at 74 Bridge Street in Newton, MA.
As one of the largest occupational therapy practices in the country, we are privileged to be able to provide services to clients experiencing a wide range of sensory processing difficulties. As we have grown over the last three decades, our goal has remained unchanged–to provide the highest quality occupational therapy and speech and language therapy services possible.
Please browse our website to find out more about sensory integration, our services, and our research initiative. We hope you will find it informative.
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Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
1954 – 2013
The late Dr. Koomar co-founded OTA-Watertown in Watertown Square in 1983, and it is now known as OTA The Koomar Center in Newton, Massachusetts. She served as President ot OTA as well as President of the Board of the Spiral Foundation. She was also a Professor of Practice at Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy. She completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Boston University where she was also an assistant professor in occupational therapy. In 1984 she studied with Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed the theory of sensory integration. Sadly Dr. Koomar passed away in February of 2013.
Dr. Koomar, an icon in her field, meant so much to so many people, and changed for the better the lives of thousands of children and their families. Many titles come to mind when trying to describe Dr. Koomar: mother, wife, visionary, entrepreneur, scientist, educator, author, mentor, and healer, but what probably describes Dr. Koomar best is not a title, but the sincerity and humanity of her actions. Her gift to see the strength in people by supporting them to be the best they can possibly be, and her selfless capacity to nurture the souls of those she taught, treated, and mentored is immeasurable.
Dr. Koomar reached people in ways that no others could.
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“Generally we think Jeff has improved a great deal - Because of you & OTA. Our lives have definitely changed for the better in the 15 months we have been here. He absolutely loves coming here. OTA has been unbelievably AMAZING!!!! We love OTA!!!”
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work so closely with (OTA consulting OT) over the past two days of our OT seminar! I have learned so much from her observations and feedback. She has also been able to easily identify students who present with sensory needs and has given concrete and constructive suggestions to teachers on how to best support these students in the classroom. Our teachers are reporting that this is an extremely beneficial seminar and that they feel empowered and educated by her consultations."
Thank you so much for meeting with me and my mom last Thursday. Your explanation of SPD was so clear and it was incredibly comforting to finally have a better understanding of how Dave's brain and body work. We could not be more thrilled to have you in his corner! Please know how appreciative we are of all you have done so far to make him feel comfortable and excited to see you every week and for all you have done to educate us on how to help him. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
OTA The Koomar Center stands against racial injustice.
To live up to OTA’s vision “to create an environment of love, acceptance, and support that enables clients to function at their best”, we are working to educate ourselves about the best ways to use our roles to address systemic racism at the personal, company, and community levels. We hope you maintain your trust in us as we put our values and commitments into sustainable action.
We recognize that we need to do more to listen, learn, empathize and make it safe to talk openly about racial injustice in our work environment. We are making a long-term commitment to educate ourselves about the issues, create a program of outreach to underserved communities, re-examine our recruitment and hiring practices, and to advocate for greater access to healthcare for people of color. These action steps will keep us focused on this critical social need.
We know we can do more, and we will.