Our Team

Steven Kempler, OTD

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Steven earned a degree in Exercise Science at the University of Central Florida before studying occupational therappy at the University of St. Augistine for Health Sciences. He helped to grow the presence of Sanders Pediatric Therapy in the Woodburn area. 

Sarah Pratt, OTD

Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Sarah recieved her doctorate in occupational therapy before working with pediatrics in Oregon City. She now shares time with Sanders Pediatric Therapy at our Wilsonville clinic. 

 

 

What does a Pediatric Occupational Therapist do? 

 

A pediatric occupational therapist will address the functional and developmental needs of your child in a fun, playful, and meaningful way. Therapists use play to increase independence, enhance your child’s sense of self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Your child’s therapist will address his/her ability to engage with others across the lifespan and increase independent participation and success in meaningful daily occupations. For children, “occupations” include but are not limited to, self-care (dressing, eating, washing), playing with friends, succeeding in academics, participating in leisure activities, and learning how to manage behaviors and emotions.

 

Therapy Can Help Your Child With.. 

  • Decrease sensory intolerance
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills
  • Increase success in meaningful activities
  • Increase balance and body coordination
  • Improve self-coping, behavior, and attention skills
  • Encourage discovery of new interests and activities
  • Expand preferred foods and decrease mealtime battles
     

 

Our therapist specializes in treating children with: 

  • Neurodevelopmental and congenital disorders
  • Fine and gross motor difficulties
  • Body coordination challenges
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Splinting and casting needs
  • Visual-motor impairments
  • Developmental concerns
  • School-based challenges                                  
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Feeding therapy

 

What is Feeding Therapy? 

 

      Picky and resistant eating can be a typical part of childhood development. However, when the pickiness persists for an extended period of time, is extreme, or creates child/parent anxiety it can become concerning for parents and professionals. Cause for concern occurs when your child is not eating enough quantity or variety to support healthy emotional, social, and/or physical development. It can also be a cause for concern when pickiness is a significant source of conflict, stress, or anxiety for you and/or your child.

Your child may benefit from feeding therapy if they exhibit

several of the following red flags: 

  • Challenges transitioning between developmentally appropriate foods
  • Unable to transition accept table food solids by 12 months
  • Choking, gagging, or coughing during eating and drinking
  • Unable to transition to purees by around 10 months
  • Falling off growth charts or sharp percentile drops
  • Avoidance of foods based on sensory properties
  • Preferred food list of less than 15-20 foods
  • Increased negative behaviors around meals
  • Frequent dry heaving or vomiting at meals
  • Child distress/crying around food
  • Elimination of food groups
  • Frequent mealtime battles
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • A history of reflux
  • Trauma
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