Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy for Children

The term occupation refers to activities that occupy your time. For kids, the most important areas of occupation include play, school, and activities of daily living (dressing, eating, bathing). The goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to support kids and their families to be as independent as possible in the things they do every day. Occupational therapy sessions are individualized based on the learner’s needs but commonly focus on fine motor skills, visual motor skills, motor coordination, motor planning, and sensory processing to help your child participate in everyday life.

A comprehensive occupational therapy evaluation and assessment will take place before treatment begins with each client. This process will help the occupational therapists learn each client’s strengths and needs and gather as much information as possible to support their functional participation in everyday activities.

Each occupational therapy session is tailored to the needs of the individual client. These sessions are typically addressed through play and involve both gym-based and table-based activities. The number and length of sessions will be determined by the occupational therapist and vary based on the learner’s needs. As with all disciplines, your child would receive home programming to promote carryover and progression of the skills addressed.

Areas We Serve

We offer our services throughout the Northeastern United States. With over a dozen locations and a full partnership approach, we’re committed to giving families the support they need to navigate an often overwhelming landscape.

We provide therapy for individual development delays throughout development. Our experience gives us the ability to understand and treat each individual uniquely. Our clinically proven evidence-based therapy focuses on ensuring our clients receive the best and most effective care possible.

Emily Silwowski

Director of Occupational Therapy

Emily is a licensed and board-certified occupational therapist. She graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Emily previously worked in early intervention/preschool setting before joining the Autism Care Partners team in September of 2020 at our Warwick, RI center. Emily brings clinical experience in supporting client independence in the areas of fine motor, visual motor, sensory regulation, social participation, and self- help skills through a client centered and play-based approach. She also specializes in feeding therapy working on supporting oral motor development and oral sensory processing delays.

Nicholle Boisclair

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Nicholle is the Occupational Therapy Assistant in our Pawtucket center. Graduated from New England Institute of Technology in 2019 and has been working in pediatrics since. Nicholle has taken certifications to further educate/provide therapy on zones of regulation, learning without tears as well as feeding courses.

Alexandra Silva

Occupational Therapist

Alex earned her master’s in occupational therapy from Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA. Shortly after, she became a licensed and board-certified OT in 2023. Alex has previous experience working with children in a virtual setting within the school system as well as working with the geriatric population in a skilled nursing facility. Alex brings clinical experience across the lifespan and enjoys helping clients reach their goals by collaborating with team members and finding creative solutions so each client is as successful in everyday life as possible. Alex has experience with socioemotional regulation and using holistic play-based approaches to interventions. Alex joined the ACP team July of 2024 at the Worcester, MA center.

Our Purpose

Our Mission: Empowering families to reach their potential through early diagnosis and exceptional, innovative, interdisciplinary care.

Our Vision: Transforming lives as a leader in innovative, integrated, and person-centered care.