Parent Partnership Program
Our mission statement includes enhancing the lives of the families. Working with parents is essential to understanding the needs and strengths of each individual family. Parents play an integral role not only in the therapeutic process at OTA but ultimately to support the life-long needs of their child. Our focus as a therapeutic team is to build capacities, confidence, and connection between parents and their children. As therapists who specialize in sensory processing, we understand the unique needs children with sensory processing challenges face and can offer specialized support.
Principles we believe:
- The best approach is a collaborative approach as parents know their children best.
- The parent child relationship is the foundation to supporting regulation, building skills, and developing social emotional capacities.
- Our approach considers the developmental, sensory, and emotional needs of children in order to best address and prioritize parental concerns.
What is a Parent Consultation?
Parent consultation will be a collaborative process to build skills to support your child and address specific concerns such as regulation, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges.
For more information, please reach out to Melanie at MSalort@otathekoomarcenter.com.
Structure of Consultation
- Initial consultation (can be done virtually or in person):
- First meeting – Parent meeting, with both (preferred) or one parent to discuss concerns and background – 45 minutes to 60 minutes
- Second meeting – Observation session with your child. This observation can occur in person or via zoom. This session will be recorded.
- Third Meeting – Parent meeting to discuss initial findings, answer additional questions, and review a collaborative plan of care.
- Follow up visits – frequency would be dependent on consultation findings, parent concerns, and overall family goals. Follow up visits can happen via zoom or in person.
- To uncover the root cause or the “why” of your child’s responses/behavior. Understanding the root cause of a response/behavior, we can better prioritize our approach, develop individualized strategies, and support your family’s needs.
- To explore the use of different strategies to build more appropriate skills and coping techniques.
- To build more positive opportunities of connection and engagement between you and your child.
- To support and facilitate the outcomes of your child’s occupational therapy session such as goal development and implementing home strategies.
- When appropriate, explore additional community resources to support the specific needs of your child and family.