My name is Allison.
Allie for short, or as my patients like to call me, “Ms. Allie.”
I am an occupational therapist located in the Quad Cities Area. I was born and raised in the good ole’ QCA- just dreaming of the day I would get to say “Hello Quad Cities”, and later catch myself on the news. I am married and have two beautiful kiddos of my own, Mabel and Arthur. They sure do keep me busy and love to sensory seek!
I have worked in pediatrics for almost 6 years. I absolutely love working with kids and seeing all their potential be brought to the surface- and well of course playing all day long! Children crave knowledge and skills and when they achieve their goals they have THE best celebrations.
My goal in therapy is to help the child and parent achieve their goals utilizing the strengths the child has, to help where there may be weakness.
So what do we do in occupational therapy?
We play! We build on the skills we have with different types of play and movement to increase our abilities. Not sure if your child could benefit from OT or what we work on?
Can your child put their own clothes on? Can they take their clothes off? Can they put on and take off their shoes? Can they fasten buttons, zippers, snaps and buckles? Are they able to brush their teeth? Do they use silverware without spilling all of their food? Are they able to help with toileting?
Can your baby pick up a cheerio with their pointer finger and thumb? Can your child hold a pencil? Are they able to make a necklaces with beads and string? Can they use scissors correctly?
Does your child constantly fall to the ground or cover their ears when sirens go off? Does your child jump and climb everything? Difficulty sitting still? Can your child regulate their emotions?
Can your child catch a ball? Can they throw towards a target? Can they trace a line? Can they complete a maze? Are they able to copy letters and numbers? Can they complete a puzzle?
PRIMITIVE REFLEX INTEGRATION
Does your child still present their primitive reflexes? If primitive reflexes are not integrated or integrated incorrectly your child could experience challenges in all areas of their development.