About a year ago I met a woman in Phoenix who specializes in occupational therapy for children. Aimee Piller and her husband run the Piller Child Development centers around Phoenix.
Occupational therapy is a rapidly growing field (Bureau of Labor expects a 33 percent growth between 2010 to 2020) that can help children who have Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, sensory issues and many other conditions. Occupational therapy has become recognized as not only a way to treat motor skill issues, such as writing or balance, but also executive function skills and behavior, such as regulating their bodies and impulse control.
Aimee has an awesome Pinterest site with all kinds of ideas for kids with special needs. She has ideas to help develop:
Fine Motor Skills
Feeding issues (such as extremely picky eaters.)
Oral Motor development
One of my favorite boards has posts about development and milestones, and it may help some parents determine if there is an issue they should talk about with their pediatrician. (I am not trying to make anyone paranoid, but these charts might give you an idea of when typical development occurs.)
There is a quick-hit chart for developmental milestones, a language development chart overview, charts about typical motor development and a chart that tells you which sounds kids should be able to say by what age. (Lots of preschool, kindergarten and early elementary parents wonder about this.)
So I wanted to share these resources with you, but I also wanted to get your experiences and knowledge on great occupational therapists in Atlanta. When I just did a basic Google search for “occupational therapist, Atlanta and Autism,” pages of resources popped up. However, it’s hard for parents to know who to trust. So I would love to hear about your experiences with any metro Atlanta or Georgia OTs and who you would recommend to other parents.
Are you currently using occupational therapy to help a child who has Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, or sensory issues? Are you using one for other developmental issues? What have your experiences been like? Who would you recommend to other families who need similar help?