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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Our pediatric occupational therapists help babies, children, and teens develop and maintain independence in activities of daily living, like holding toys, writing, or brushing their teeth. Therapy sessions focus on ways to help your child move better, improve coordination and behavior, and improve confidence and self-esteem.

We also assess and train kids who use orthotics or prosthetics. Our therapists are highly trained and/or certified in aquatic therapy, sensory integration and praxis test administration, interactive metronome, neuro-developmental treatment, therapeutic listening, DIR floortime, and TheraTog assessment and fitting.

Providers

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Lauren Armstrong, OT cares for children of all ages, specializing in feeding and sensory issues. Most of her patients are young (from infants to early elementary age) and include picky eaters and patients with sensory challenges involving touch, texture, and/or smell. She frequently works with patients who have autism or ADHD. 

    Lauren loves empowering kids and their families, and helping them build confidence through routines and behaviors that reinforce the child's physical, emotional and social development. 

    Beyond direct patient care, Lauren is working on improving developmental evaluation for younger patients (ages 1-3) to assist in therapy planning. She is also passionate about educating parents on typical/atypical development to help manage expectations and effectively identify areas of concern.

    Lauren earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Sonoma State University and a master's degree in occupational therapy from Dominican University. Originally from California, Lauren enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Trisha Barnes, OT has a passion for working with children who have developmental coordination disorder or any impairment in sensory processing, coordination, handwriting, or strength. She also teaches classes for new parents about infant motor development, tummy time, and infant massage.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Pacific University. She enjoys teaching babies to enjoy tummy time, watching her kids play soccer, and skiing. 

    Favorite Book: Building Babies Better: Developing a Solid Foundation for Your Child by Roxanne Small.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Chantelle Bernier, OTD, OTR/L specializes in infant feeding and developmental disorders. She also works closely with children who are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, and general sensitivities. She helped develop the Bluebird Program that focuses on fostering supportive interactions for pediatric patients.

    Chantelle is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of her patients and their families through the understanding of their needs and by providing a compassionate environment where they can succeed in their occupational roles.

    She earned her doctorate in occupational therapy from Pacific University of Oregon and completed her residency in Canada, conducting research and program development related to technology and its impact on children. Chantelle is also an adjunct professor for the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University of Oregon.

    Chantelle enjoys traveling, hiking, and learning something from everyone she meets. 

    Favorite Book: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Carolyn (Queck) Blaisdell, MS, OTR/L enjoys working with children of all ages and diagnoses, and has over 10 years of experience working with autism in particular.

    Carolyn earned her master's degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and backpacking. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Trisha Crone, MS, OTR/L is extensively trained and passionate about working with children diagnosed with ADHD and executive functioning concerns.

    Trisha earned her bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy from Boise State University, her master's degree in occupational therapy from Touro University, and has completed her national board certification in pediatrics BCP. She received her ADHD-RSP certification as well, and has been a part of the ADHD and executive functioning program for St. Luke's Children’s Rehabilitation. Trisha has also received training in Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™ (ADOS™-2) testing. 

    In her free time, she enjoys writing, painting, drawing, and relaxing with her family. 

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Biography

    Lindsey Ethridge, MOT, OTR/L, CLC treats infants, children and young adults with feeding difficulties, including bottle or breast feeding concerns, dysphagia, poor feeding, poor weight gain, ARFID, disordered eating, picky eating, difficulty transitioning to solids, poor chewing, and support with supplemental feeding tubes. Lindsey also has professional interest in NICU, neurological impairments, splinting, and cardiac conditions. 

    Lindsey has a diverse education and creative therapy background that help her treat patients across the therapy spectrum in inpatient, rehab, and outpatient settings. She considers the child and family holistically to help create lifelong positive experiences with food. Her goal is to reduce stress, fear, and/or mealtime pressure, and improve oral motor skills. She recognizes the importance of developing strategies that can be easy for the family to implement at home.

    Lindsey earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Loma Linda University.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Celene M. Hunter, OTR/L is certified in NIDCAP and has experience in St. Luke's PICU, NICU, NICU follow-up clinic, and pediatrics.

    Celene earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas. Her hobbies include traveling, gardening, and caring for animals. She's married and has a daughter, son, and a granddaughter.

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Beth Jacob, OT cares for patients with a variety of special needs, who typically range in age from 3 years old into young adulthood. She works with young patients with communication delays that struggle with self-regulation. She also enjoys working with older clients on impulsivity, working memory and life skills. She has particular expertise working with patients as the complexity of their needs increases with advancing age. Beth often works with patients as they transition into adulthood to ensure continuity of support and help them find employment or sheltered employment, if appropriate. She is passionate about setting her patients up for their highest function and quality of life.

    Beth strives to tailor evidence-based solutions for each family's unique characteristics and circumstances, and is committed to teaching parents how to support both their children and themselves. She truly enjoys helping people find improved quality of life in ways that are important to them. "A scary diagnosis doesn't mean there isn't beauty and quality," she says. "Sometimes people just need a few extra skills to help them find it."

    Although she has always wanted to be a pediatric occupational therapist, Beth began her career as an adult neurotherapist specializing in oncology and brain injury. She then traveled all over the country, gaining experience with a wide variety of ages and conditions, which helped strengthen her diagnostic skills as well as her ability to uncover what's most important to her patients and their families. Today, she serves as the occupational therapy lead and clinical program coordinator at St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation.

    Originally from Ohio, Beth and her identical twin sister were born prematurely. Both girls benefitted from special education support as children, with Beth needing therapy for speech, vision and coordination challenges, while her sister learned to adapt to significant hearing loss. They grew up surrounded by kids with special needs, and being a part of this community has been central to Beth's entire life experience. She served as a peer mentor in high school teaching ceramics to special needs kids, and has worked with adaptive physical education.

    Beth earned an occupational therapy assistant associate's degree from Shawnee State University and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Penn State University. She has a specialty certification in pediatrics from the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

    In her free time, Beth enjoys dirt biking, skiing, kayaking, and gardening.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Lauren Overocker, OTR/L enjoys using her skills to empower her patients and their families. She currently spends her time working with children and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

    Lauren's expertise includes managing acute infant-feeding issues in the hospital and working with PICU patients who have experienced a trauma. She frequently supports the developmental progress of patients in the NICU – particularly those with prematurity, cerebral palsy, and/or musculoskeletal conditions – to help normalize movement patterns. She is passionate about involving parents in developmental activities during a child's hospitalization. Lauren is also a member of the St. Luke's burn clinic team, helping in wound/scar evaluation and management, rehabilitation exercises, splinting, and prescribing and procuring customized pressure garments. 

    In addition to patient care, Lauren participated in the development of a multidisciplinary ICU program to ensure patients receive early rehabilitation when appropriate, which helps increase function and independence after hospitalization, reduce consequences associated with prolonged hospitalization, and lower risk of future hospitalization.

    Lauren earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Idaho State University where she focused her research in development and infant-caregiver interactions. She enjoys traveling and has volunteered at a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Ecuador.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Kavita Patil, MS, OTR/L specializes in autism, sensory integration, self-regulation deficits, and early childhood development. She is Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certified and trained in Early Start Denver Model for children with autism. She manages St. Luke's Children's Rehabilitation at the Children's Pavilion in Boise as well as St. Luke's children's inpatient rehabilitation locations.

    Kavita earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India, and her master's degree in therapeutic science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling with her family, friends, and her dog.

    Favorite Children's Books:

    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
    • Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
    • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Ann Short, MS, OTR/L is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. She believes in taking therapy beyond the walls of the clinic and working closely with the family to ensure carryover of therapeutic techniques to help meet goals. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, private clinics and home-based therapy, and has designed innovative products for occupational therapists.

    Ann is experienced in working with children with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders. She also works with global developmental delays, oculomotor vision deficits, handwriting difficulties, and sensory-based feeding disorders. She has worked in both in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, private therapy clinics, and home-based therapy.

    Ann also has advanced training in sensory integration, the Greenspan DIR/Floortime Approach™, Handwriting Without Tears®, sensory/behavior-based feeding disorders, and NDT principles. She is certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), advanced therapeutic listening, the Listening Program®, and interactive metronome.

    Ann participates as a staff member at the annual AAC Camp, a week-long summer camp that helps kids learn to use their augmentative alternative communication devices. At the camp, she provides fun motor activities, as well as sensory processing and regulation support to campers, their parents, and camp counselors. 

    Ann earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Washington School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, singing, and spending time with her family and pets.

    Favorite Therapy Toy: the trampoline.

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    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Biography

    Mike Wagner, MS, OTR/L works with children with global developmental delays, sensory processing difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, visual processing deficits, and neurologic and motor impairments. He also has experience assessing functional movement.

    Mike is passionate about helping individuals reach their full potential. He is driven to provide client-centered care that leads to success not only in therapy, but at home and in the community as well. Mike has developed his skill set in the outpatient setting working with a variety of individuals across the lifespan. He enjoys the challenge of finding fun and creative ways to connect therapeutic principles and activities to what motivates his patients most.

    Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mary. He also holds a Certified Special Population Specialist Certification with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mike is driven to combine his background in exercise and fitness with his background in occupational therapy to help his patients reach their full potential in all areas of life.

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    Accepting new patients

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