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.
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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)
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)