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OT 4 KIDS ASSOCIATES, INC. Therapists

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Patricia Volpe, OTR/L
Founder/Director

Patti has been a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice since 1981 and founded OT 4 KIDs in 1995. She received undergraduate training at USC and her BS in occupational therapy from San Jose State University. She has completed extensive postgraduate specialty training in pediatric OT and sensory integration theory and practice. She is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT). Patti received additional training in treatment perspectives for sensory processing and modulation disorders, handwriting remediation, Samonas Sound Therapy and Therapeutic Listening, Social Thinking, The Alert Program and the Zones of Regulation. Additionally Patti authored materials designed for fine motor development and visual perception remediation. Patti finds great joy working with children, supporting their growth, increasing their self-confidence and celebrating all of their positive strengths. She also enjoys working and collaborating with children's parents.


Clinic Therapists:

All therapists are registered and certified by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy, American Occupational Therapy Association members and Licensed by the State of California. Each therapist has broad experience in pediatric therapy, sensory integration and processing theory and treatment. Each therapist is dedicated to enhancing a child's self-esteem and actively collaborating with and supporting parents.


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Danielle Cesarz, MS, OTR/L

Danielle received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Washington. She focused her studies on child development and gained experience working with families and children in the areas of Autism Research and Clinical Services. She earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Danielle joined OT 4 KIDS in 2004. She has received extensive post-graduate professional training in Pediatric OT, Sensory Integration Theory and Practice. Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorder and Praxis, along with training in Therapeutic Listening, the Alert Program, The S.O.S approach to feeding, Social Thinking and the Zones of Regulation, MNRI Tactile Integration, and Astronaut Training. Danielle is the mother of 2 young daughters and is actively involved in their schools and children's community activities. Danielle is passionate about supporting families and fostering children's sensory motor play experiences in a nurturing, stimulating and safe environment. Danielle has a special gift for making each child's therapy a joyful, motivating and happy experience.


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Michelle Cirigliano, MA, OTR/L

Michelle received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with an emphasis in child development. Before entering the field of occupational therapy, she gained experience working with children with Autism in the home and school environments as a Behavioral Therapist. Michelle received her Masters degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in Occupational Therapy, where she was selected as a recipient of the Training of Occupational Therapists (TOTS) Grant scholarship program. Since graduation, Michelle has worked with children in the school district (pre-school through high school), early intervention (0-2 years) and private practice. Michelle joined OT 4 KIDs in 2012. She has received additional training and coursework in the areas of handwriting and sensory processing disorder, and is proficient in utilizing programs such as Handwriting without Tears, The S.O.S approach to feeding, The Zones of Regulation, the Alert Program, Therapeutic Listening, and Astronaut Training. Michelle also received her advanced certification in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) as well as completing the Star Institute Level 1Mentorship program. Michelle is the mother of 2 toddler sons and is actively involved in a cooperative preschool setting. Michelle is especially creative and talented in motivating children in therapy and does so in a positive, engaging and playful manner.


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Kristina Fender, MA, OTR/L

Kristina received her Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State University with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf studies. She received her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC). Kristina has extensive experience working with children in a variety of settings including a therapeutic horseback riding center, pediatric clinics specializing in sensory motor development and sensory processing, an inpatient neurological unit, a mental health intervention "clubhouse" for children, and a children's receiving home. Kristina has completed further post graduate specialty training in Sensory Integration and Practice, The Integrated Listening System, The Zones of Regulation, Handwriting Without Tears, Keyboarding Without Tears, Core Connections, Executive Function, Astronaut Training, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Bal-A-Vis-X. Kristina is passionate about her work with children and is dedicated to fostering each child's growth and success through creative therapeutic activities. She has a warm, caring, understanding personality and possesses a special talent helping children with self- regulation strategies and tools.


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Laura Petix, MS, OTR/L

Laura received a Bachelors of Science degree in NeuroPsychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. She worked in the research Psychiatry Department at UCSD until 2012, when she decided to pursue a career working with children with developmental disabilities. She worked as a Behavior Therapist, working 1:1 with children in their homes, before attending San Jose State University, where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2015. During her time at SJSU, Laura served a President of the OT student honor society, where she became involved with advocating for the field of occupational therapy. She completed her Thesis research project on the efficacy of Canine-Assisted-Therapy on the communication and social skills of children with Autism. Additionally, Laura has post-graduate training in the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) feeding program and is proficient in utilizing other programs such as The Zones of Regulation and Handwriting without Tears. Laura has experience working with children 3-11 and has a toddler age daughter. She goes above and beyond for families to ensure they are receiving optimal intervention for success. She has a warm, caring, encouraging, therapeutic nature. She is the author and developer of creative therapeutic games and activities addressing fine motor skills, bilateral integration and self-regulation. Laura applies her creativity to innovative, therapeutic activities, which she tailors and modifies for each child's needs, interests and developmental goals.


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Annabelle Bewicke, MS, OTR/L

Annabelle received her Bachelors Degree from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA. in Philosophy and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. Ever since discovering sensory-motor based pediatric OT during an internship Annabelle has maintained a true love for this work. Wanting to delve deeper into Sensory Integration theory and treatment, she attended University of Southern California's rigorous certification program. Other courses she has completed include the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS), Handwriting Without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, as well as courses focused on treating children with challenges in core strength and executive functioning. Annabelle is especially passionate about helping her students find confidence through play and movement, and helping even the "pickiest" of eaters learn to enjoy new foods. Annabelle has a gentle, calming, caring nature. She is especially perceptive and sensitive to children's challenges providing children and families with helpful tools and coping strategies.


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