Probably the greatest lesson my son learned during his sessions at OTAP is how to feel comfortable in his own skin. He also learned the types of sensory input and body movement that are calming and organizing to him. This has helped him cope with his sensory integration issues and overcome his social anxiety. They do a phenomenal class called, “How Does Your Engine Run “ which changed our lives. The occupational therapists at OTAP also focused a great deal on parent education, so I could build on my son’s success and implement many of the strategies in our daily life. I would recommend OTAP to any family who is in need of the guidance and support of an occupational therapist
West Windsor, NJ
Like any mother, I want the best for my child. I want him and everyone in the family to be healthy, happy, smart, social and confident in his abilities, which include study, learning and having a healthy lifestyle, including the use of supplements from manasa-yoga. Six months ago I was desperate for my son, Matthew to get help with his sensory integration issues. It affected his behavior at school, play and home. I was referred to OTAP. In the past six months I see in him a renewed exuberance to learn, a confidence that extends outside his appointments, and an increase in his gross and fine motor skills. I am constantly reminded on a daily basis of his improvements from his teachers, family and friends. They can’t believe how he has changed and grown. I will be forever grateful for the time, energy and love my OT puts into Matthew’s appointments. She has taken the time to listen to both Matthew and I, use her expertise to pinpoint areas where she can help, and follow through with praise. He receives appropriate, thoughtful homework exercises that he is excited to complete and show his OT each week. I feel like we have a great plan for the future; we have been given the tools to make his life the best possible one it could be. I could not be happier or more grateful. Thank You!
Sharyn worked with our daughter on and off over the course of seven years. During that time, she developed an outstanding rapport with our daughter and integrated us as partners in her treatment. Sharyn is a very warm, caring individual who is deeply committed to her work. She was a tremendous support for our daughter in helping her to strengthen her gross and fine motor skills and manage her sensory integration issues. She also helped to increase her focus through the “Interactive Metronome Program.” Sharyn went above and beyond in her efforts to provide us, as parents, with a firm grasp of how each intervention worked and ensure our daughter was comfortable as well. At every point in her treatment, Sharyn gave us detailed explanations and tools to help her at home. Her depth of knowledge and expertise in treating with children with sensory integration is remarkable and it was clear from the very beginning the she had a very clear understanding of our child’s complex challenges. I would recommend her without hesitation for any family looking for an exceptional occupational therapist.
– Princeton Parent
As I sit here typing this, I am watching my son, Aaron, on the video monitor, as he jumps off of his toddler bed and sticks the landing. While this is not the type of behavior I typically encourage at bedtime, I can’t help but feel my heart swell a little watching him do this! One year ago, prior to starting occupational therapy at OTAP, the thought of him doing something like this seemed unfathomable. When we first began therapy, Aaron, at two years old, had difficulty with many gross motor movements that other kids his age were performing with ease. It was difficult for him to run without falling, ascending and descending stairs safely were a huge concern, he was unable to use playground slides without falling backwards and his speech was at a bare minimum.
In the one year that we have been under Sharyn’s expert and loving care, the changes in Aaron are remarkable. Aaron runs, kicks soccer balls across the yard, jumps up, down and forward, and descends the big playground slides with great ease. His language has exploded during the same time frame, and he is regularly speaking in 4-5 word sentences! He absolutely loves coming to OTAP, and has so much fun at each session with Sharyn that he does not realize just how hard he is working.
Working with Sharyn has been an absolute joy. When we are at OTAP, she makes us feel as if we are family. It is so evident watching her work with Aaron, just how much she cares about him and wants to help him reach his fullest potential. She also has been an invaluable resource to me, as a parent, in helping to provide us with tools and activity suggestions that we can incorporate at home to help Aaron improve his balance and coordination. In the past year we have watched Aaron’s personality emerge into the confident, adventurous, charming, goofy and overall amazing three year old that he is today, and I know that Sharyn, and the rest of the OTAP family, have played an integral part in that.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Sharyn and OTAP! Nothing makes me happier as a parent right now than to head into my son’s room and tell him to stop jumping off of his bed.
Our son received OT through OTAP for the past year and a half. Through the process, he has grown steadily in his strength and fine motor skills. My OT takes the time to get to know what his current strengths and skill deficits are by observing him and making it a point to speak with his school OT. She works with him during the session and then communicates to me any particular struggles or successes he may have had as well as to suggest home programs that may be beneficial to him. My husband and I value the interventions and knowledge-base that our OT brings to each interaction with our son.
– Princeton Parent
Since my son started attending occupational therapy sessions at OTAP we have seen dramatic improvements in various areas such as fine motor skills and motor planning. These sessions have also given him confidence in trying out new things and have significantly contributed to his general development.
– Monroe Township Parent
My 5 year old son began with OTAP 10 months ago, and to say it has changed our lives is an understatement. My son is very bright, curious and in constant motion. As a parent I was so frustrated at how someone so smart wouldn’t listen to simple instructions and would never slow down and just sit. My son seemed clumsy and would often bang into others while playing. This led to many one-time-only play dates for him. As a parent I was constantly heartbroken for him and equally frustrated. He was diagnosed with ADHD. I was the fortunate enough to meet the therapist’s at OTAP. My OT instructed me how to immediately begin helping my child with music therapy and many physical activities. We saw a difference within 2 months. He learned to treat his body like the engine of a car. This has been incredibly empowering for him. My son is now able to play with others and he is just like the other children. My whole household is calmer and he is an absolute joy to be around. I will always be thankful to the therapists at OTAP for giving us the tools we needed to help our amazing little boy.
– Hopewell Parent