It is the commitment of Pediatric Playhouse not only to meet the physical and cognitive needs, but also each child's emotional needs. It is believed that building self esteem and developing a positive self concept is essential to change and growth.
Attainable goals will be carefully set by the therapist and parent. It is the intention for your child to view Pediatric Playhouse as a place for recreation and fun. It is believed that the most significant changes are made with a positive spirit when the child feels connected and is enjoying him or herself. As a result of a carefully planned therapy program and home exercises, new skills will emerge.
It is the commitment of Pediatric Playhouse that each child reach their fullest potential.
About Pediatric Playhouse
ANNE SWIDEREK OTR/L
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist my entire career, working in a variety of settings including residential, school, clinic, hospital, and private practice. I am a very dedicated and caring professional. It is my desire to come along side families to make significant changes in children who have special needs.
I see my role as twofold: one to provide educational tools and support parents. Secondly, it is my desire to create an environment of change using current neuroscience, educational & practical experiences, behavioral strategies, and build self esteem. I have sought out continuing education throughout my career so that I may best serve all the diagnoses listed.
When we first took Oliver to Anne, Oliver was not making eye contact; he was climbing all over me and all over the furniture; he was not speaking, and he was generally not relating to his family or, for that matter, the rest of the world. Rather than using words, Oliver would just scream. Tantrums were a daily occurrence. Transitions were painful. After three short months of working with Anne, Oliver now makes brief regular eye contact. He flaps his arms and jumps up and down much less, and is less inclined to run from one activity to the next. Instead, he is more able to stay focused on one task, even telling us when he is “all done” or wants “more, please.” Oliver’s sustained attention has allowed him to learn more easily and successfully in school and at home. He is also screaming much less, usually preferring to use his words instead (e.g., “I want swing please, Miss Anne!”). Upon waking each morning, Oliver now says “Good morning, mommy! How are you?” It’s incredible.
Each week Oliver comes further out of his autistic bubble; he is now beginning to relate to the people in his life and the world around him. He notices things that he never noticed before because he is less trapped inside of himself. All of these changes began when he started working with Anne. Thanks to her, we learn new things about Oliver every week. She is incredibly intuitive and knowledgeable. I’ve found her to be an excellent teacher as well as a talented therapist.
Wynter (parent report)
OT is Voodoo! or maybe witchcraft … Of course I am joking, but something that feels like magic has happened to our beautiful and challenging 3 year old. Wynter has always been a challenging, inquisitive, and funny child who never, ever, ever slept. I know all parents who have young children feel like they could use more sleep, but we, as a family, were lucky to have a total of 3 to 4 hours of sleep within a 24 hour period. I was stuck on “survival mode” and just believed that “this was the way it had to be.” I tried anything that was suggested if I thought it would remotely help our family rest. Looking back, I wish that someone with a similar story would have told me about Occupational Therapy sooner. Prior to meeting with Ms. Anne, we had been to our sons’ pediatrician numerous times and eventually were referred to a pediatric neurologist, all while spending every spare moment reading and searching for help for our toddler who could just not turn “it” off. After two and a half years of doctor visits, multiple MRI scans, reading and research, it seemed that, unless I was willing to give my baby medication, no one had any help for us. Then we met Ms. Anne. To say we are thankful for Ms Anne is an understatement. I tell anyone who will listen how OT has changed the lives of our entire family in ways I never even imagined possible. Ms Anne was the one to explain what SPD (sensory processing disorder) was and provided us with the long awaited new tools to finally help Wyn. After our first visit to “The Gym” with Ms. Anne, Wynter fell asleep on the way home. This was the first nap the child had taken in nearly a year. Over the next week, our sweet boy was finally sleeping through the night (which was the first time in his 3 years of life). After one of his gym visits he even put HIMSELF to bed! His new “normal” sleeping habits caught me so off guard, I believed that Wynter was sick! I actually kept him home from school even though he did not have a fever or any other symptom indicating illness. We were all so adapted to not sleeping; the only explanation for Wynter’s “excessive” rest that occurred to us, was that Wyn must have been sick. I laugh at myself now, but at the time, I was freaking out. Clearly this was not the case and Ms Anne explained that Wynter’s mind and body were adapting and finally learning how to rest. I love how Ms. Anne works with Wynter while simultaneously teaching and guiding me, all while explaining how and why this “magic” OT works. With the help of our miracle worker, Ms. Anne Swiderek, Wynter and I are now overcoming many of his other challenges and are finally “snoring in the Sonora!”
Wytner ( teacher report)
Since Wynter has started OT, he has been much more focused in class, willing to try new activities and try hard at things he claimed he just could not do such as writing his letter, number and name. He also spends more time trying each activity. When the day gets chaotic, I will take Wynter aside and brush him and I see an immediate calmness. It has been such a positive change for Wynter and has opened up so many doors for his learning experiences.
"My daughter Kaitlin was diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction when she was two years old. She began occupational therapy treatment for tactile defensiveness which had begun to affect her social interactions. Therapy was essential to her growth and maturation. The professional discretion of appropriate activities allowed Kaitlin to overcome her issues with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by employing a variety of techniques until the specific assessment goal was met. Anne was patient, accommodating and effective. Kaitlin enjoyed her therapy sessions with Ms. Anne and is alway excited to see her.
Early Intervention Specialist
Sensory Integration Praxis Tests
Therapeutic Listening Program