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Austin 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.

 

Start Your Child’s Journey

Welcome to the NAPA family! Schedule a free 30-min phone screening and/or a tour of our Austin clinic today!

 

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Meet the NAPA Austin Team

Sarah Ross

General Manager, NAPA Austin

Ms. Sarah adores children so much that decided to make it her lifelong career path. Her favorite part of the day is reading to her preschoolers. It takes no time to notice everything Sarah does is with great enthusiasm and spirit. In fact, Sarah is so passionate about a good read she once traveled all the way to Oregon to check out one of the top 10 bookstores in the country. Talk about commitment!

Sarah Ross

Sarah Ross
Emily Norlock

Austin Director of Rehabilitation,
Physical Therapist

Emily graduated from Western University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since then, she has been working at NAPA Center, Los Angeles where she has had the opportunity to work with children and their families from across the world and gain extensive experience with diagnoses from Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Kleefstra Syndrome, CDG, Seizure Disorders, and many more neurological, chromosomal, and genetic disorders. She is trained in Neurosuit, Medek, Universal Exercise Unit, Kinesiotaping, Theratogs, Trexo, NDT, and has seen great benefits from using whole body vibration (Galileo training) with her patients.

Emily is no stranger to cross country moves, she moved from Minnesota to California for her undergraduate work. While she enjoyed her time at the beach for 12 years, she is excited to get back to the lake life in Austin, TX just like she grew up with in Minnesota, “the land of 10,000 lakes”!

Emily Norlock

Emily Norlock
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 Stranahan

Erin Stranahan
Jennifer Wooland

Physical Therapist

Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University

Jennifer was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas. GO HOUSTON TEXANS! She moved across the world to Gold Coast, QLD to pursue a degree in physiotherapy. From teaching swim lessons, volunteering at paediatric therapy clinics to completing a paediatric physiotherapy placement in Vietnam, Jennifer knew she wanted to pursue a career working with children.

Jennifer enjoys visiting the beach, playing tennis, drinking coffee and searching for the best Mexican food.

Jennifer Wooland

Jennifer Wooland
Kaitlyn Fuller

Physical Therapist

Kaitlyn graduated with her Doctorate in 2013 from University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. Since graduating she moved back home to Syracuse, NY providing early intervention and preschool services to children in Central New York area. In addition, she provided physical therapy for the geriatric population at two local nursing homes. After spending life buried in snow, she’s decided to migrate to warmer weather in  Austin, TX. She always knew that she wanted to work with children and she loves being active which drew her into the pediatric physical therapy field. Kaitlyn’s love for working with children has been highly influenced by both her parents who work as a special education teacher and a clinical children’s social worker.  Kaitlyn particularly enjoys developing unique relationships with each of her patients and celebrating all the small and big wins along the way. When she’s not working you can find Kaitlyn at a spin/barre class, drinking coffee, or watching Syracuse basketball.

Kaitlyn Fuller

Kaitlyn Fuller
Lauren Sobotik

Physical Therapy Assistant

From coaching little league cheerleaders to volunteering at pediatric therapy clinics throughout her undergrad, Lauren knew she wanted to pursue a career focused on helping children become strong and independent. Lauren moved from Houston, Texas to become part of the NAPA family after seeing the substantial gains a fellow patient of hers received after attending our intensive program. And yes, “ya'll” is a permanent part of her vocabulary. It only takes one conversation to learn that Lauren is dedicated to three things: The Texas Longhorns, helping kids, and brunch.

Lauren Sobotik

Lauren Sobotik
Kelsey Johnson

Patient Coordinator

Kelsey always knew she wanted to make a difference in the world no matter how big, but never imagined having the wonderful opportunity to help amazing families along the way at NAPA. With a true passion for poetry and books, she enjoys spoken word and cannot pass up a bookstore. Although most of her day is spent behind a desk, she will never turn down an opportunity to interact with the cute kids and families that come into NAPA.

When Kelsey is not writing, she most likely can be found reading, hanging with her cat, or finding new recipes to whip up. Living in Austin for the past year and a half, she enjoys a nice picnic at Zilker Park, as well as exploring any hiking trails discovered along the way.

Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson
Martha Chamberlain

Speech Language Pathologist

M.S., CCC-SLP Master of Science in Communication Science and Disorders, West Texas A&M University
Martha is a bilingual speech language pathologist from Laredo, Texas. Martha started her NAPA journey as a NAPA parent herself in October of 2020 when she and he husband first brought their daughter, who has a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, for her first intensive in Los Angeles. After seeing how much the therapists loved their jobs and witnessing the wonderful community that NAPA has to offer, Martha knew that this would be the perfect place to do what she loves. Martha’s areas of interests involve language disorders, early childhood language acquisition, and speech disorders. Martha is also an expert in restaurant recommendations and navigating Disneyland!

Martha Chamberlain

Martha Chamberlain
Wendy Stroda

Occupational Therapist

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.

Wendy Stroda

Wendy Stroda
Kerri Louati

Feeding Intensive Program Dietitian

Kerri is a registered dietitian with a background in integrative and functional medicine. She focuses on addressing the root causes of chronic health issues and implementing a Nutrient and Food-as-Medicine approach in her protocols. Professionally, Kerri has extensive experience working with all types of patients but specializes in the pediatric population with a focus on gut-related disorders, G-tube feeding, and complex medical cases. Kerri is the founder of Foodicinal LLC, a nutrition practice built on the philosophy that food-is-medicinal. She practices evidence-based medicine, using the most up-to-date research in her treatment plans. Personally, Kerri also has extensive experience with pediatrics and G-tube feedings with her twin micro-preemies with G-tubes. She is passionate about implementing a homemade blenderized diet, as she has seen its significant benefits in her children and her patients, which is also manifested in the medical literature. Having gone through it herself, Kerri understands the challenges and difficulties many families go through when their children have health and feeding issues. Due to her background, she practices with a unique synergy of professional and personal experience.

Kerri Louati

Kerri Louati
Chanellor Garay Vidal

Patient Coordinator

Chanellor graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Health. Chanellor’s lifelong love for learning pushes her to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health and Public Affairs. She strives to bring health education, and healthcare access to underserved communities, and hopes her continuing education will guide her along the way. Chanellor loves the Texas sun and is often outside in her free time! Either hiking the Green Belt with her dog, or doing yoga in Zilker Park, she can’t get enough of what Austin has to offer. If not outside, Chanellor is probably experimenting in the kitchen by testing out new recipes or creating her own! Having the opportunity to work with such wonderful families, and to help others through the administrative side of healthcare, is what brought Chanellor to the Patient Coordinator position at NAPA. Being able to watch the kiddos achieve their goals, with the help of the rest of the NAPA staff, never fails to inspire her!

Chanellor Garay Vidal

Chanellor Garay Vidal
Maddie Lovern

Occupational Therapist

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 Lovern

Maddie Lovern
Aisling Smith

Occupational Therapist

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 Smith

Aisling Smith
Shay McMinn

Speech Language Pathologist

Bio coming soon!

Shay McMinn

Shay McMinn
Rachel Yang

Physical Therapist

Rachel’s passion for working with children grew through past experiences nannying children with various abilities and working at a camp for children and adults with disabilities. It brings her great joy to see a child discover new ways to move and celebrate their abilities at NAPA Center, and she can’t wait to meet all our Austin families! When she’s not at NAPA, she enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, finding new hiking spots in and around Austin, and sharing meals with friends and family.

Rachel Yang

Rachel Yang
Laura Midday

Speech Language Patholigist

Laura chose the field of speech-language pathology when she was in high school, after working at a summer camp for children with special needs at her local park district. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Since becoming a speech-language pathologist, Laura has worked with children ages birth to thirteen years. She has spent most of her career working as an SLP in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA), where she obtained a certification as a registered behavior technician. In addition to behavior, Laura is passionate about collaborating with families to empower them to best support their loved ones’ communication abilities.

When she is not working, Laura enjoys spending time with her dog, Pepper who is a toy Australian Shepherd. She also loves being active outdoors, doing yoga, and watching reality TV series.

Laura Midday

Laura Midday
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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 the NAPA Occupational Therapy Blog for resources, inspiration, therapist-approved activities to try at home, and more!

Therapies Offered

Weekly Occupational Therapy

In addition to our traditional weekly occupational therapy sessions, we also specialize in intensive pediatric therapy. Our 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, contact our team to schedule a free 30-minute phone screening 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 offers 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. This treatment model is increasingly used throughout the world as patients, therapists, and doctors recognize it’s many benefits and outstanding results. NAPA therapists create a customized program for each patient that varies in time, duration, intensity, and tools used. 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?

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