Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapy
2092 Gaither Road, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8 – 7:30 pm
Friday: 8 – 5 pm
Saturday: 8  – 2 pm

Occupational Therapy Administrator
(301) 424-5200, ext. 159
occupationaltherapy@ttlc.org

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Process and Procedures
Evaluations and therapy are by appointment only. We offer flexible scheduling with therapy sessions during the day, after school, and on Saturdays. Please contact us directly to schedule your appointment.

Insurance and Payment
Major credit cards accepted and a subsidy may be available for eligible families. Payment is due at the time of service unless prior arrangements have been made. Some insurance plans may cover selected services. We strongly recommend that you call your insurance carrier prior to scheduling any services to verify any coverage. Please call us to determine if you are in-network with your plan (301) 424-5200, ext 159.

Payment is due at the time of service unless prior arrangements have been made. Some insurance plans may cover selected services. We strongly recommend that you call your insurance carrier prior to scheduling any services to verify any coverage. Please call us to determine if we are in-network with your plan at (301) 424-5200.

Forms
New clients will need to fill out our forms prior to their first visit.

Staff

  • Anju Pulick, M.S., OTR/L
  • Shirley Wietlisbach-Anderson, M.S., OTR/L
  • Kelly Strub M.S., OTR/L
  • Melissa Schwarzbard, COTA/L
  • Ashley Lon, M.S., OTR/L
  • Catherine Galvin, M.S., OTR/L
  • Andrea Ferro, M.S., OTR/L
  • Joanne Crow, OTR/L
  • Caitlin Brogin, M.S., OTR/L
  • Brigid Baker, OTR/L

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Overview

Welcome to Occupational Therapy at TLC, located in Rockville, Maryland, where we understand your child’s unique needs and provide therapies in individual and group sessions.

Why choose Occupational Therapy for your child? At the core of our program philosophy is the belief that our clinicians treat children, not disabilities. With that in mind, we develop individual treatment plans that are designed to meet the needs of each child in order to maximize development and independence with daily living skills. Treatment plans address functional outcomes for each child, using a holistic and collaborative approach that considers individual needs in the home, at in school, and in the community, as well as working across disciplines to address the needs of the whole person.

At TLC, we believe that parents are crucial to their child’s development and progress, and parent involvement is a central component of all of our Outpatient Services programs. Parent involvement and education is an integral part of the treatment process. From the initial intake call through the evaluation to the individual therapy sessions, our professional staff provides feedback not only on the areas of need but the strengths of your child to guide the treatment planning process. Parents collaborate on the treatment plan and therapists provide ongoing education and resources for the carry-over of treatment goals into the home and other environments, to maximize each child’s independence and progress.

TLC Occupational Therapy Program has a reputation of excellence in the community. We offer comprehensive evaluations, individual and group therapy, summer camps, and a variety of community services including periodic complimentary screenings, consultative services, and workshops.

Virtual Services

TLC is open for virtual services in occupational therapy. We are offering the following telehealth options:

  • Weekly individual speech-language and feeding teletherapy sessions available via Zoom
    • Therapy sessions can help to develop your child’s articulation, language, feeding, and play skills
  • Individualized consultation and therapy available for children using AAC devices
  • Initial speech-language screens via Zoom
  • Individualized consultations with a speech-language pathologist to answer your questions regarding your child’s speech or language skills

If you are a new client and would like to schedule one of our virtual services or have questions about speech-language services at The Treatment and Learning Centers, please contact us at 301-424-5200 x159.

FAQs

How do I know my child needs occupational therapy (OT) to improve handwriting skills?

Signs that a child may need OT may include difficulty recognizing or forming his or her manuscript or cursive alphabet, complaining that handwriting tires them easily, or they may have difficulty sitting for a handwriting task. Sometimes a parent or teacher may notice a child’s pencil grasp is immature or that a child presses too hard when writing and coloring.

What is sensory processing?

The term sensory processing refers to the neurological process of taking in sensory information through the body and organizing this information to be able to respond in a functional way to the demands of the environment, home, school, and community settings. For example, a child reaches to catch a ball that is tossed to him or brushes away a bug that she feels land on her arm. This is called an adaptive response. It is an unconscious process that occurs every day. A child’s sensory processing abilities are evaluated by standardized evaluations, clinical observations, and a parental and/or teacher report. Red flags in a child’s development may include: inflexibility to changes in routines; constant movement which interferes with daily routines; sensitivity to various textures, clothing, finger paint; clumsy – frequent falls; lack of exploration in the environment during play; or low endurance/fatigue during activities.

How do I know when my child needs an occupational therapy evaluation?

Signs that a child may need OT for handwriting may include difficulty recognizing or forming manuscript or cursive alphabet, complaints that their hand hurts or tires with writing, or they may have difficulty sitting for a handwriting task. Sometimes a parent or teacher may notice a child’s pencil grasp is immature or that a child presses too hard when writing and coloring.

Testimonials

  • I’m so thankful to have found you all.
  • I am so grateful for the excellent care my son and I have received. It’s made a tremendous difference in our lives.
  • There could not be a nicer, more experienced staff. Everyone genuinely cares about the children and works hard to make sure every child succeeds.
  • Really like working with our therapist. She’s smart and to the point.
  • Our therapist did an excellent job evaluating my son and had a great ability making him comfortable.
  • I’m so thankful to have found you all.
  • I am so grateful for the excellent care my son and I have received. It’s made a tremendous difference in our lives.
  • There could not be a nicer, more experienced staff. Everyone genuinely cares about the children and works hard to make sure every child succeeds.
  • Really like working with our therapist. She’s smart and to the point.
  • Our therapist did an excellent job evaluating my son and had a great ability making him comfortable.