Occupational and Speech Therapists Parents Love

As parents, we want our kids to thrive, both now and in the future. And sometimes, our kids need a little help along the way. When we learned our daughter qualified for speech therapy, our family felt a sense of relief.

Knowing that we had someone who could provide the help she needed was so encouraging to us. If you have a sense that your child may need some extra help, our lists below include parents’ favorite occupational and speech therapists in greater Grand Rapids.

If you or a family member is in the market for a new doctor, whether it be an allergist, a doula, or a dentist, check out our comprehensive guide to the Top Dentists, Pediatricians, etc for Kids in Grand Rapids. You’ll find the best doctors, voted by our readers, in several categories.

Every name in this guide received significant votes from our readers. Any sponsors you see were first voted in by our readers, and then were invited to offer more information on their practice if they wished.

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Occupational Therapists for Kids

Occupational Therapy, otherwise known as OT, is a game-changer for many kids and families. OT focuses on helping kids improve their fine and gross motor skills. When a child shows delays in mastering typical activities, OT is often recommended.

OT is often used when sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, Downs syndrome, or Autism spectrum disorders are present. The goal of occupational therapy is to help children acquire the skills they need to learn to be able to play and be successful in life.

OT is a broad field and encompasses much more than delays, including a whole branch dedicated to adults.

Voted Top Occupational Therapist

Chelsey Langley at Paper Plane Therapies

1 – Langley, Chelsey (Paper Plane Therapies)
2 – Carroll, Patricia (BRAINS)
3 – Stender, Carly (Everyday Play Occupational Therapy)
4 – Kerbs, Kendra (Paper Plane Therapies)
5 – Young, Tracy (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
6 – Olsen, Hanna (Paper Plane Therapies)
7 – Cooper, Terri (Family Tree Therapies)
8 – Ballard, Stephanie (Family Tree Therapies)
9 – Hunt, Lauren (The Center for Childhood Development)
10 – Vugteveen, Jim (Family Tree Therapies) 

Chelsey Langley, Kendra Kerbs & Hannah Olsen at Paper Plane Therapies

We strive to create a fun, creative and warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. Our therapists are trained to consider the whole child and identify not only the barriers that keep each child from reaching his or her goals, but also the strengths that can be utilized to achieve them. Common areas we target include: sensory processing challenges, picky eating, anxiety, challenging behaviors, fine and gross motor challenges, social engagement and attention. We are devoted to meeting each family where they are at and walking along side them with compassion to where they want to be.

400 Ann St NW Suite 106A NW | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-591-2905

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Tracy Young, OTR at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Excellent rehabilitative care in a welcoming community of faith and support.

Calvin College Rehabilitation Clinics, collaborating with Western Michigan University, offer coordinated services including speech, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, and social work. Our therapists provide exceptional care while meeting each family’s individual needs in creative and compassionate ways.

1310 East Beltline Ave SE, Suite 230 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-288-3732

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Carly Stender at Everyday Play Occupational Therapy

Everyday Play brings therapy to your everyday life by providing home-based occupational therapy services for children birth to 6 years old while empowering and collaborating with parents to maximize their child’s potential through play and everyday routines. We are here to see your family thrive and connect together!

Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 517-614-4586

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Speech Therapists for Kids

When you child’s language and speech skills don’t develop as expected, it can be unnerving.

Working with a speech therapist, though, has proven to be an effective way to help kids progress in their speech and language skills. Even toddlers as young as 18 months can benefit from these services in certain situations.

If you’re not sure whether or not your child qualifies for speech services, talk with your pediatrician.

Voted Top Speech Therapist

Jill Miller at Paper Plane Therapies

1 – Miller, Jill (Paper Plane Therapies)
2 – Rimbey, Kelly (BRAINS)
3 – Van Wylen, Rachel (Paper Plane Therapies)
4 – Smith, Nicole (Paper Plane Therapies)
5 – Kemler, Bethany (Paper Plane Therapies)
6 – DeVries, Katie (Calvin College Rehabilitation Services)
7 – Keller, Lisa (Early On Kent County)
8 – Van Der Heide, Kelli (The Center for Childhood Development)
9 – Pulley, Stacy (Family Tree Therapies)
10 – Wybenga, Ashley (Hudsonville Public Schools) 

Jill Miller, Nicole Smith, Bethany Kemler, and Rachel VanWylen at Paper Plane Therapies

At Paper Plane Therapies, we create a fun, creative, and warm atmosphere that considers the needs of the entire family. We implement a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies focusing on treating expressive and receptive language deficits, apraxia of speech, AAC device facilitation, social deficits, articulation deficits, feeding/swallowing difficulties, and reading challenges. We focus on the whole child which includes collaborating with others professionals to best serve the child’s needs. It is our goal to identify barriers and to construct a functional plan to help the child and their family reach their fullest potential and lead happy and healthy lives.  

400 Ann St Suite 106A | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-591-2905

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Katie DeVries, MA, CCC-SLP at Calvin College Rehabilitation Services

Excellent rehabilitative care in a welcoming community of faith and support.

Calvin College Rehabilitation Clinics, collaborating with Western Michigan University, offer coordinated services including speech, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, and social work. Our therapists provide exceptional care while meeting each family’s individual needs in creative and compassionate ways.

1310 East Beltline Ave SE, Suite 230 | Grand Rapids, MI
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 616-288-3732

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