Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy for children is directed towards achieving health, well-being, and participation in life through engagement in activities of daily living, play, school and leisure. It is the therapeutic use of everyday life skills for the purpose of enhancing or enabling participation in roles, habits, and routines in the home, school, and community. (AOTA)

Occupational therapy is a treatment method used for many kinds of disorders and conditions. The main goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to increase independence and safety in children with delays, disorders, and neuromuscular conditions.

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What can Occupational Therapy help my child with?
Children who have difficulty with:

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Managing feeding, eating, and swallowing
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Self-care such as teeth brushing, combing, & washing
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Cognitive skills like memory and recall, comprehension, processing
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Scholastic skills such as copying, handwriting, coloring,
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Fine motor control like zipping, buttoning, tying, cutting
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Visual motor integration
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Neuromuscular deficits
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Gross motor functions such as balance, strength & coordination
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Self-regulation
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Sensory Processing
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Adverse behaviors or Poor behavior
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Maintaining sustained attention

What are some signs & symptoms that my child may benefit from occupational therapy services?

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Difficulty eating
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Difficulty using a spoon, knife, or fork for self-feeding
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Food aversion (accepts/eats 30 foods or less)
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Problems with handwriting, drawing, & cutting
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Poor balance and functional mobility
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Impulsivity and poor socialization skills
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Difficulty comprehending and processing information
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Problems with visual processing for copying letters & writing
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Short attention span & distractibility
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Difficulty with grooming, dressing, toileting & hygiene routines
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Aversion to light, certain sounds, touch, certain textures
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Delayed developmental milestones and reflexes
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Poor strength, coordination & endurance
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Trouble climbing stairs or jumping
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Poor fine motor control for zipping, buttoning, & tying
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Difficulty with the ability to monitor and manage energy states, emotions, thoughts, & behaviors in ways that are acceptable

What insurances do you accept?
We also accept cash, checks, credit cards, and payment plans.

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Ambetter
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Amerigroup
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BCBS-TX
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BCBS-NM
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CSHCN
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CHIP
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El Paso Health
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New Mexico Medicaid-First Presbyterian
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TMHP
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Tricare
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United Healthcare

Do you treat Sensory Integration/ Processing issues?

Why, yes we do! Our lead occupational therapist has training in the utilization of sensory integration techniques to reduce poor or adverse behaviors and increase attention and positive behavior.

With 50-88% of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affected by sensory integration difficulties, treatment is vital as it increases regulation and promotes calmness.

Will our family be able to watch sessions?

As a parent, you are encouraged to take part in the therapeutic process so that you can transfer therapy techniques and skills learned in therapy into your home environment.

Can you provide telehealth occupational therapy services?

We provide telehealth occupational therapy for all insurances that allow it. It really depends on your health plan and what is allowable.

It should be noted that not all children are good candidates for receiving therapy through telehealth. After assessing your child, your therapist will inform you whether or not telehealth is recommended for the individual needs of your child.

Is there a waiting list for occupational therapy?

There are no waiting lists as we work hard to fill therapeutic needs.

MEET OUR QUALIFIED STAFF!

Saul Tercero, OTR

Registered, Bilingual
Occupational Therapist

Saul is a native El pasoan who graduated from Silva Health Magnet and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from the University of Texas at El Paso and MBA from the University of Phoenix. He comes to New Beginnings with added experience in international therapy (Mexico Fundación Integral), hippotherapy and sensory integration techniques.

Saul is vested in the children of our El Paso community, he states “Occupational therapy gives me an opportunity to give back to my community. Being able to share my knowledge, experience and skill sets with the people of our community brings a smile to my face. I love the home feeling that EP has, a sense of family dynamic present in and thru our culture. ” About our patients, Saul believes, “Helping children at an early age, through early intervention therapy services, allows children to catch up and at times exceed their peers. We are able to build skills, confidence, and establish healthy routines that set up a child for a more independent and successful future.”

As our Occupational Therapist Saul guides and develops our occupational therapy program. He also specializes in Autism and ADHD and presents on both.

Saul is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Texas Occupational Therapy Association Path, & Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. We are honored to have Saul on Team New Beginnings!

Michael Barnes, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Michael Barnes is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who received his associate degree in Occupational Therapy from Pima Medical Institute in El Paso TX. Prior to receiving his degree in Occupational Therapy, Michael served in the United States Air Force as a Firefighter/EMS First Responder. Michael has experience in treating sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, physical disorders, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental delays, and Down syndrome.

Michael’s true passion is advocating for the pediatric population and helping them reach their full potential and improve their quality of life for both patients and families. When Michael is not at work doing therapy, he is at home being a father to his two amazing children.

Michael understands firsthand the hard ships and unknowns of a diagnosis parents face. Michael takes pride in not only treating patients but teaching and educating parents and caregivers.

Lucia Valle, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Lucy is a bilingual Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience treating children with ASD, Down Syndrome, ADHD, and other developmental disorders. Lucy graduated from Pima Medical Institute with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in 2021 and has since pursued a number of certifications to advance her work.
Lucy is presently working in our Far East New Beginnings Pediatric Center as a COTA.

Lucy became interested in occupational therapy after having a family member needing occupational therapy. The more she learned about therapy, the more she became interested and passionate about helping others. She enjoys helping individuals with a variety of different disabilities and Delays.

Leslie Burciaga, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Leslie grew up in El Paso, Texas and received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in 2020 at Pima Medical Institute, graduating from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Leslie figured out she wanted to be an OT when her daughter received OT services at an early age. Leslie has enjoyed being a pediatric occupational therapist, she has a passion for helping kids be able to participate in everyday activities.

Leslie loves being involved with the families and thinks early intervention is important to setting a strong foundation for the children. Leslie enjoys collaborating with the child, family, and other professionals to develop family-centered care unique to each child with a focus on the child’s autonomy. Leslie enjoys being creative with treatment ideas in order to make therapy more fun for her patients. In her free time Leslie loves spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

Jon Perez, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Jon is a bilingual, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. He received his Associates of Applied Science from Pima Medical Institute in El Paso, Texas in September 2020. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and lived for a short time in San Antonio, Texas. His biggest inspiration to receive his degree was his faith and his daughter. “My daughter will always be my reason for pushing myself and never giving up.”

Upon being accepted into the COTA program, Jon knew that he wanted to work in the Pediatric Occupational Therapy field and especially enjoys working in areas of Autism, Sensory Integration, and Cerebral Palsy.

Jon feels that teamwork between parents and therapist is vital. If the communication between a child, parents and a therapist is strong then it makes it easier for a child to improve in the clinic, home, school, and public settings. We need to remind ourselves how difficult it was to be a child so we need to remember that we can learn from a child as much as they can learn from us, if we just take the time to listen with our hearts.

One of Jon’s favorite quotes is “A miracle is something that seems impossible but happens anyway.”

Kaitlin Marsland, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Kaitlin received her Associate of Applied Science degree from PIMA Medical Institute in July of 2020. Kaitlin became interested in occupational therapy (OT) when she was introduced to it while working as a Direct Support Professional. Kaitlin has always had a passion for learning and helping others and wants to further her career in OT and become a Registered Occupational Therapist (OTR) in the future.

Kaitlin believes early intervention is important because childhood is a period of rapid growth and development and she is passionate about enhancing the skills children need to thrive in the future. Kaitlin enjoys collaborating with the kids and their families so she can incorporate their favorite and meaningful activities into the therapy sessions. Kaitlin’s favorite quote is, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. -Helen Keller

Jessica Burke, COTA

Certified Occupational
Therapist Assistant

Jessica received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Pima Medical Institute in El Paso, TX in July, 2020. She was born and raised in Bakersfield, California and moved to El Paso with her husband and son. She became interested in occupational therapy when her child started receiving services and noticed the beneficial impact it had on her child and herself. Therefore, she is passionate about working with children and helping families who are seeking help. She is currently furthering her education to become a Registered Occupational Therapist in the future.

Jessica understands the importance of patient/parent education and collaboration is essential to a child’s growth and success. She loves to get creative with purposeful play to enhance the child’s skills and independence that are needed for their daily activities. Her favorite phrase is “Let’s put the FUN in functional!”

FIND US AT 2 LOCATIONS

Eastside Office

1512 N Zaragoza Rd Ste C-1
El Paso, Texas 79936
Phone: (915) 855-0601

Far Eastside Office

3551 Rich Beem Ste B
El Paso, Texas 79938
Phone: (915) 303-5177

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For questions or for an evaluation call one of our office locations:
(915) 855-0601 (East) or (915) 303-5177 (Far East)