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Occupational Therapy helps your child build their confidence and daily skills!

We help children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, cognitive, and social skills that children need for daily living activities and tasks.

Why is it called “occupational therapy” or OT for short?

Pediatric Occupational therapy consists of helping a child with their daily “occupations”.

These can be daily activities such as dressing, eating, playing, academics, social skills, fine and gross motor movements, sensory processing, visual skills, and so much more.

The overall goal is for children to gain independence in areas they may be experiencing difficulties.

Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs.

To do this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapy modalities to progress toward therapy goals and to help children develop the skills needed for functional independence and healthy behaviors.

Here are some key aspects of occupational therapy for kids:

Sensory Processing

OTs address sensory processing difficulties, helping children process and respond to sensory information from their environment effectively. These integration techniques & strategies improve self-regulation and attention.

Fine Motor Skills

Occupational therapy targets fine motor skills, such as handwriting, cutting, drawing, and manipulating small objects. The therapist uses activities and exercises to enhance hand-eye coordination and precision.

Gross Motor Skills

OTs work on gross motor skills, such as balance, coordination, and body awareness, to help children participate in physical activities and sports confidently.

Self Care Skills

Occupational therapy helps children develop self-care skills like dressing, feeding, grooming, and using the restroom independently.

Play Skills

Play is an essential part of a child’s development. Occupational therapists use play-based activities to promote social interaction, imagination, and problem-solving skills.

Cognitive Skills

Occupational therapy can address cognitive challenges, such as attention, memory, and executive functioning, to improve academic performance and learning.

Adaptive Equiptment

OTs may recommend and teach children how to use adaptive equipment or assistive technology to facilitate participation in daily activities.

Social Skills

Occupational therapists may work on social skills development, helping children understand and navigate social interactions, make friends, and manage emotions.

School Readiness

Occupational therapy can prepare children for school by addressing skills required for academic success, like pre-writing skills and following classroom routines.


Occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers, and other professionals to ensure consistent support and carryover of therapy goals across various environments.

From a Parent:

“We cannot say enough good things about Lama Pediatric Therapy. My son goes for occupational therapy, feeding therapy and speech therapy for a year now, and he considers Ms. Bri and Ms. Marina family. They are super accommodating, push him to reach his potential, but best of all, take time to truly understand what is important for him. Before coming here, my son would never leave my side and wouldn’t trust anyone. Now he runs back there and doesn’t even look back. His improvement in his confidence and comprehension has blown me away. We pass many other similar offices to make our way to Lama Pediatric Therapy and will gladly make the drive to get to the best.”

Meet Our OT Team

Brianna, M.S., OTR

Brianna is our lead Occupational Therapist. She has a Master of Science degree from Keiser University. She has worked in pediatrics for four years with experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing, fine motor and visual deficits. She is Trained Professional with the SOS Approach to Feeding.

She is passionate about helping children and families accomplish their goals through personalized care plans. Brianna enjoys working with local charities, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Her goal is to continue learning and growing as a therapist at Lama Pediatric Therapy.

Marissa, M.S., OTR

Marissa is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida. She has experience working with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neurobehavioral disorders, and developmental delays.

Marissa has always had a passion for working with children and discovered her interest in working with people with disabilities through her sister-in-law, who has Down Syndrome. She loves to guide children to being able to grow to their full potential through the therapeutic use of play. She is excited to help collaborate with families and their children to begin their journey towards functional independence across all occupations.

In her free time, Marissa loves reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.

Shaquana, B.S., COTA

Shaquana is a 2017 graduate of Keiser University Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Shaquana had previously obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She has experience working with kids and adolescents with ASD, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, and Cerebral Palsy. Shaquana discovered her passion for working with children as she began her first job at the age of 16 as a summer camp counselor. She is very elated about using her knowledge and abilities to help others and make a positive impact in the lives of children and their families.

Insurances Accepted for OT

Aetna, Tricare, UHC, Sunshine, Simply, Cigna

We are out of network with BCBS for OT/Speech Therapy.