Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

ATTY ROSAS, OTR/L, is available to our staff, students, and families. Her specialty is working with children from birth to five years who are experiencing developmental delays, difficulties with sensory processing, and difficulties with self-regulation. In addition to her training as an occupational therapist, Atty completed a year-long intensive training program in Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health through the Santa Clara County Health & Hospital System, Department of Behavioral Health Services. She is committed to supporting the social emotional needs of children and families.


STRENGTHENING FAMILIES
At Mandala, part of our mission is supporting families. By offering on-site consultation and coaching to families, we help parents with the challenges of parenting young children in today’s complex world. Our social worker and our occupational therapist work together to support parents and children at Mandala.


WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy helps children participate in daily life activities or “occupations” that are meaningful to them. For children, these occupations often relate to the important skills of play, learning and socializing. Occupational Therapy uses sensory and motor activities to help improve a child’s ability to participate in these daily activities.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY CAN HELP CHILDREN WHO EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES WITH…

  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
    • Balance, Coordination
    • Postural Control
    • Body Awareness
    • Motor Planning
    • Handwriting & Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Sensory Processing Difficulties (taste, touch, sound)
  • Self-Regulation
    • Impulse Control
    • Attention & Focus
    • Listening and Following Directions
    • Following Routines & Transitions

CHILDREN WHO NEED EXTRA SUPPORT
Some children can use extra help. If a child seems to lack body awareness and tends to bump into things or people, appears clumsy or has difficulty with coordination, exerts too much force when playing with others, has poor small motor skills, seems extra sensitive to food, smells, tags, clothes, touch, or sound, is always in motion and has difficulty paying attention, or is having difficulty following routines and transitions in the classroom or at home, he or she may have sensory issues that could be helped by occupational therapy support. Atty can be a great resource to parents. She can design a program of sensory activities that parents can do at home with their child tailored to their child’s unique needs.


WHAT SERVICES DOES OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST OFFER?
Atty observes in our classrooms and helps us incorporate activities and/or provide adaptations to support children in our program. She is also able to meet with families. She also works directly with children and runs a self-regulation/sensory group called Squiggles and Wiggles.

Atty offers these OT services to the school:

  • In-class Observation
  • Sensory Assessments and Recommendations
  • Consultation with Staff
  • Squiggles & Wiggles Class (Sensory Motor Skills)
  • Scissors & Scribbles Class (Handwriting and Fine-motor Skills)
  • Mommy and Me Class (For younger children ages 15-24 months)

Parents may also consult with Atty privately for these fee-based services:

  • Home Observations and Consultation
  • Individualized Home Programs (“Sensory Diet”, Therapeutic Listening, Brushing Program, Fine and Gross Motor Activities)
  • Parent Training
  • Assessment
  • Hands-on Assistance in the Classroom

TO CONTACT OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
ATTY ROSAS, OTR/L is in the Mandala office on Monday through Wednesday from 8:15-4:00. You may call her at Mandala at (408) 251-8633 x10 or email her at atty@mandalachildrenshouse.com. You may also contract with her privately by calling her at (408) 489-2783 or email her at attyotr@yahoo.com and leave a confidential message. She will talk with you and set up a time to meet.