Welcome to WriteSteps Pediatric Occupational Therapy San Diego. I'm Danielle Shulman, a registered Pediatric Occupational Therapist with over 17 years of experience. I work with children of all ages to help improve handwriting, fine motor skills, sensory integration (sensory processing), motor coordination and planning (praxis), feeding issues (including picky eaters), and visual perception.
I have a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University and I have received Advanced Certification in the treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder from the University of Southern California. I have also received an advanced certification on the evaluation tool used to assess sensory processing, called the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). This can be used to assess areas, including Tactile Sensitivity and Discrimination, Balance and Coordination, Vestibular Processing, and a child’s overall ability to plan out their movements (also known as Praxis) for novel tasks.
My clinic incorporates the use of suspended equipment (where appropriate) into treatment (according to the child’s needs), to help with improving a child’s muscle strength, balance, coordination, attention, and other sensory-related behavioral issues.
I have completed coursework in several handwriting methods. I have also taken additional coursework on the neurokinesthetics of handwriting, which has proven to be extremely beneficial to children with fine motor and handwriting difficulties.
Some diagnoses that I provide occupational therapy for include: Dysgraphia, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism, Down's Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
I provide one-on-one treatment to ensure an optimal learning environment. In addition, I always tailor treatment plans to be directly related to the child’s daily “occupations,” such as schoolwork, play, becoming more independent in age appropriate tasks.
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