Little Bird is a Vancouver Based Occupational Therapy service which aims to help children with various mental health needs thrive and be their best selves using the body and sensation as the foundation. Using sensory exploration and learning, sensory strategies, play, mindfulness, music, and other mind-body and holistic approaches such as yoga, biofeedback, nutrition and daily routine we help children learn self regulation, impulse control, cognitive flexibility, and other adaptive and motor skills.
**Little Bird is not currently taking new clients for in- person services. Please contact me for information about virtual services or in person services through another company**
Why Sensory /Body Based Therapy?
At Little Bird, we start with sensory processing- children need to be able to make sense of their worlds in order to learn and regulate themselves. If they over or under respond to sensory information, if they don't get enough of certain sensory input to feel grounded, if they have a poor sense of their body in space, if traumatic experiences continue to trigger them with sensory memories, they will have a hard time regulating their emotions, controlling behaviors, paying attention, and learning.
With Occupational therapy, a child can learn how to use their senses to feel calm and to focus, how to feel safe in their body, they can learn to control their impulses, they can improve coordination and self care skills. and a caregiver can learn how to use different body based tools or the environment to help regulate their child.
Other approaches such as yoga and mindfulness help a child pay attention to their body , control it, and create space between what they feel and how they react. Occupational Therapy also uses a wholistic approach, addressing diet, routine, family life, and all those other things that make a child uniquely them.
Our sensory system is the foundation for everything we feel and do because everything we experience and know comes first from our senses- from what we see,hear, smell, touch, etc.
Sensory Processing refers to how our bodies receive, interpret, organize, and help us respond to sensory information. We are all unique in our sensory processing and many things can affect our sensory processing, including stressful events, attachment disruptions, our emotions, and life experiences.
Who would benefit from OT services?
I serve children aged 2-18 with or without a diagnosis in Vancouver who are struggling with emotional or behavioral regulation or sensory processing.
Typical needs include:
significant sensitivities towards certain sensory input
difficulties with body awareness or coordination
extreme sensory seeking
With or without overt sensory needs, anyone can benefit from learning more about their body and from finding more body based tools unique to them and likewise, parents benefit from learning more about their children and their unique needs.
What is Occupational Therapy Anyways?
In Occupational Therapy, 'occupation' refers to anything a person does. For a child, that means playing, eating, sleeping, going to school, and engaging in self care activities such as getting dressed or using the toilet. Occupational Therapy aims to remove physical, environmental and mental barriers to what someone needs and wants to do, and addressing these barriers through everyday, practical means.
I'm a Registered Occupational Therapist in Vancouver, BC with experience working with kids from toddlers to late teens with a variety of diagnosis or difficulties including Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, ODD, FASD, OCD, Depression, PTSD, attachment disorders, or undiagnosed behavior or emotional difficulties. My passion is helping children thrive and be their best selves by meeting them where they're at, working to understand how they see and experience the world, and finding practical, everyday strategies for whatever environment they find themselves in.
I believe in a framework that considers a child's sensory needs and responses (their unique way of perceiving, feeling,and responding to the world), their cognitive abilities and thoughts, their physical abilities, all the environments they find themselves in and the people and relationships in those, and all they need and want to do- only in looking at all these things can we truly understand a child's behaviors and work to help them.
I have my Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and additional training and professional development in sensory and trauma informed interventions. I have a lot of experience with children of various ages, abilities, and cultures, both in and out of OT practice.
Feel free to with any questions.