About Us

Co-owners, NY State Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapists, Paula Stewart and Christine Grant are the founders and executive directors of OT For Kidz. They have been servicing Queens and Brooklyn since 1997. They are both approved by the NY State Department of Health to provide early intervention services for children birth to three and are also approved providers under the NY City Department of Education (DOE) to provide services for pre-schoolers and school age children. In addition, OT For Kidz has been granted a contract with the NYC Department of Education  and has the level of a Tertiary to provide services free of charge for parents with a DOE approval! Therefore, YES, "RSAs" are welcomed!


What Else?

We collaborate with a network of professionals and a team of experienced and dedicated OT clinicians. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you high quality service. 

Experience

Bio: Paula and Christine are SIPT certified clinicians which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD), a brain-based approach, and has been practicing clinicians using this approach for many years. Both have been trained in treating general auditory processing deficits (usually part of a greater sensory processing disorder) using ils (Interactive Listening Systems), IM (Interactive Metronome) and the Therapeutic Listening Program. Paula and Christine incorporate their training in Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Handling & Massage and Oculo-motor/functional vision along with many other strategies. They also utilize the Handwriting Without Tears program integrated with other handwriting strategies which are used for preschoolers to school-aged children. Both Paula and Christine have experience in the collaboration of nutritional strategies with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities.

Community and Awards

Along with their strong passion in working with children, Paula and Christine believe in training others and have a high dedication in community service. Paula works as an adjunct professor at a Masters level OT program in NY.  She also provides multiple professional education workshops throughout the year.  She received an award from the NYS Black Occupational Therapist Caucus in recognition for her many years of dedicated services. Christine also partakes in providing professional training  and workshops.  She has received multiple awards for her recognition of community services from the Caribbean-American Outreach Association (USA) as well as awards of recognition from the New York City Council, Congresswoman Yvette Clark and from the New York State Assembly in 2017.  Over the years, they have taken part in Autism Walk, Asthma Walk, Cancer Walk, Career Day events, Mentoring, free parent workshops, among other events.

Collaborations

Paula and Christine each have over 20 years of clinical experience and has worked with children of various ages from various backgrounds and abilities. They have provided consultations, assessments and on-going therapy in general educational settings, special needs early intervention and preschools programs, within the child's home, sensory integration camp for children with special needs and in multi-disciplinary teams in the community.  Both have worked in collaboration with ABA and Miller specialists integrating the sensory integration approach. 

Our Environment

OT for Kidz is composed of  multiple state of the art sensory gyms that are therapeutically designed to treat different types of sensory processing disorders, develop  fine motor skills and enhance functional abilities for children of different ages (birth-12 years old). Our gyms and fine motor rooms were established for the purpose to make therapy effective as well as fun. Here at OT For Kidz children think they are playing which is an integral part of providing therapy.

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