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NAPA Center Austin
Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Impactful Pediatric Occupational Therapy,
Tailored to Your Child's Unique Needs.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Austin

NAPA Center was founded by Lynette LaScala in 2008 after spending years traveling the world to find the best pediatric therapy programs for her son. Now, NAPA has grown into an industry-leading pediatric therapy center; attracting patients worldwide by offering the best and most innovative therapies. We approach pediatric occupational therapy with the understanding that no two children are alike. Our highly trained and passionate occupational therapists provide your child with individualized, fun, and meaningful OT sessions to help them reach their specific goals.

Discover How NAPA Can Help Your Child or Loved One

 

 

At NAPA Center, we offer individualized pediatric therapy programs with unique combinations of our wide range of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, and more. We strive to provide children and families with hope by offering services in a playful environment that helps children maximize their full potential. In addition to our traditional weekly therapy sessions, we also offer intensive therapy sessions. We proudly offer occupational therapy for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. The NAPA Austin clinic is located at 7801 North Lamar Blvd, Suite A114, Austin, Texas 78752. Schedule a free 30-min phone screening and/or a tour of our Austin clinic today!

 

 

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Meet Your NAPA Austin OT Team

Erin Stranahan

Occupational Therapy Manager

Erin began working at NAPA Center Los Angeles in 2012 and made the move to Texas in September 2020 to continue to work with NAPA families in Austin. Erin knew at a young age she wanted to work with children and served as a children's dance teacher, preschool instructor, and camp counselor while completing her undergraduate studies in child development. She received her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010 and has been practicing in pediatrics since then. Her interest in occupational therapy began while volunteering in the NICU throughout high school and became passionate about supporting children and their families. In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, running, and watching football.  Fight on!

Erin received her Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California in 2010 and has been practicing in pediatrics since then. Her interest in occupational therapy began while volunteering in the NICU throughout high school and became passionate about supporting children and their families.

Erin Stranahan

Erin Stranahan

Erin Stranahan
Wendy Stroda

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Austin

Wendy holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Recreation Therapy. As a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS), Wendy has worked through the CLASS program for the past 13 years providing home health services. Wendy also ran an adaptive gymnastics program at K2 Academy of Kids sports for 10 years, in Cypress, Texas. In 2014, Wendy completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, Houston Campus. She is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed through the Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners. Wendy has completed the Handwriting Without Tears course, NDT Pediatric Course, Pediatric Kinesio Taping Course, and Cortical Vision Impairment course. She attends continuing education courses to remain current on occupational therapy techniques and approaches. In her free time, Wendy is the mother of 2 young children and enjoys running and reading. She also has two dogs and a very supportive husband. She is from the Houston area, most recently Tomball, and looks forward to her time in the Austin area.

As a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS), Wendy has worked through the CLASS program for the past 13 years providing home health services. Wendy also ran an adaptive gymnastics program at K2 Academy of Kids sports for 10 years, in Cypress, Texas. Wendy attends continuing education courses to remain current on occupational therapy techniques and approaches.

Wendy Stroda

Wendy Stroda

Wendy Stroda
Maddie Lovern

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Austin

Maddie graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin campus, in 2021 with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining the NAPA team, she got a lot of great experience as an OT at Texas Neuro and as an ABA in Ohio, where she grew up. Go Buckeyes! Feel free to chat her up about any and all sports, but her true love is volleyball, which she played all throughout high school. When she’s not at NAPA, she loves being with friends, trying new foods, and hiking with her dog, Queso.

Maddie graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin campus, in 2021 with a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining the NAPA team, she got a lot of great experience as an OT at Texas Neuro and as an ABA in Ohio, where she grew up.

Maddie Lovern

Maddie Lovern

Maddie Lovern
Aisling Smith

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Austin

Aisling has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist since graduating with her Masters from St. Louis University in 2015. She has worked with children in both the school and outpatient setting to help children of all ages and skill levels to achieve their goals. In 2018 she completed her NDT certification specializing in working with children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor impairments which furthered her passion in treating children with neurological impairments. Aisling enjoys the opportunity to support and collaborate with children and their families in reaching their goals. As a new member of the NAPA team, she is excited to use her current knowledge and further learn and grow as a therapist. When she's not at NAPA she enjoys being outdoors in her garden, hiking, bouldering, or exploring Austin with friends.

Aisling has worked with children in both the school and outpatient setting to help children of all ages and skill levels to achieve their goals. In 2018 she completed her NDT certification specializing in working with children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor impairments which furthered her passion in treating children with neurological impairments.

Aisling Smith

Aisling Smith

Aisling Smith
Emily Chiou

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Austin

Emily graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2018 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Emily was drawn to this field because of the possibility to help children achieve their highest level of potential. She has been interested in working with children with neurological conditions and has received training in NDT handling and facilitation. She also has received training in the SOS Program and has experience treating feeding disorders. Outside of the clinic, Emily enjoys hiking, exploring new food spots with friends, playing volleyball, and going to dance classes.

Emily was drawn to this field because of the possibility to help children achieve their highest level of potential. She has been interested in working with children with neurological conditions and has received training in NDT handling and facilitation. She also has received training in the SOS Program and has experience treating feeding disorders.

Emily Chiou

Emily Chiou

Emily Chiou
Caroline Klein

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, NAPA Austin

Caroline was born and raised in Austin, TX. After attending the University of Arizona and earning a degree in Family Studies and Human Development, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in occupational therapy. Caroline was drawn to NAPA due to her passion for working with children and their families to address their physical and developmental needs. In her spare time Caroline enjoys hiking, snowboarding, watching her favorite Disney movies and traveling to new places. You can also find her exploring the wonders of Austin’s food truck scene!

Caroline was born and raised in Austin, TX. After attending the University of Arizona and earning a degree in Family Studies and Human Development, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in occupational therapy. Caroline was drawn to NAPA due to her passion for working with children and their families to address their physical and developmental needs.

Caroline Klein

Caroline Klein

Caroline Klein
Allyson Bates

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Feeding Manager
NAPA Austin

OTD, OTR/L, SWC, PAM

Allyson graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in Education and taught for several years in an inclusion classroom in Washington D.C. before becoming an occupational therapist. She received her doctorate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. Allyson has obtained advanced practice in the state of California in swallowing intervention and physical agent modalities. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with parents and improving children's independence in everyday meaningful activities. You can find her at the beach, hiking or in the therapist lounge pumping up her co-workers!

Allyson received her doctorate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California. Allyson has obtained advanced practice in the state of California in swallowing intervention and physical agent modalities. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with parents and improving children's independence in everyday meaningful activities.

Allyson Bates

Allyson Bates

Allyson Bates
Ana Milanese

Pediatric Occupational Therapist
NAPA Austin

Ana was originally born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and made the move to Texas with her family in 2005. Ana found her passion for both Occupational Therapy and pediatrics while volunteering at a hippotherapy ranch. Following her Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Neuroscience from Texas A&M University, Ana attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Ana loves working alongside families to improve and support their day to day quality of life, and utilizing her creativity to help children gain independence. In her free time, Ana enjoys creating art, trying out new recipes, and hiking with her two dogs (Juno and Pax).

Ana found her passion for both Occupational Therapy and pediatrics while volunteering at a hippotherapy ranch. Ana attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Ana loves working alongside families to improve and support their day to day quality of life, and utilizing her creativity to help children gain independence.

Ana Milanese

Ana Milanese

Ana Milanese
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Occupational therapy offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • » Improving sensory management (sensory integration, processing, and modulation)
  • » Engaging in play activities
  • » Learning to navigate environment
  • » Removing barriers to learning to help child become more focused
  • » Practicing appropriate social interactions and communication
  • » Establishing autonomy and accomplishment in daily routine, such as brushing hair or teeth
  • » Improving physical ability (fine motor skills and gross motor skills), handwriting skills, visual motor skills, and self-help skills.

 

Visit our Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program Page and the NAPA Occupational Therapy Blog for resources, inspiration, therapist-approved activities to try at home, and more!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Occupational Therapy

Our weekly pediatric therapy programs include occupational, physical, speech, and feeding therapy. At NAPA Center, we proudly offer occupational therapy for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages. To discover how NAPA can help your child work toward their goal on a weekly basis, get in touch to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening with a therapist and a tour of our Austin pediatric therapy clinic.

Sensory Integration Therapy

Sensory integration therapy can benefit children who are overly sensitive to sensory input, under-responsive to sensory input, are constantly seeking sensory input (touching people or objects), or crashing into people or objects. Submit a contact form at the bottom of this page to schedule a free phone screening to discuss your child's specific sensory needs.

Intensive Occupational Therapy

NAPA Center also specializes in intensive pediatric therapy programs which attract families from around the world. We use the Intensive Model of Therapy (IMOT) when treating children with cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. Children often advance to the next developmental skill or higher during the three-week program.

Not sure what therapies are best suited for your child?

Schedule a free 30-minute screening with one of our therapists today!

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