Coaching and Consultations

Parent involvement leads to even greater progress. Our Therapists work with the parent and/or caregiver by using the parent coaching model to create continuity in the therapy plan

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Parent Coaching

Parenting a child with sensory processing issues can be complex and challenging. There are daily challenges that families have to manage from activities of daily living, emotional outbursts to having another family member get on board with understanding the sensory needs.

Parent coaching provides the guidance and support that parents of sensory children need to feel empowered as confident “expert” advocates for their children. Parent coaching is not intended to replace occupational therapy for the child but rather supplement services they are already getting. Parent coaching can be provided both via Telehealth/ in person.

How it Works

‌Coaching in Five Steps

  1. Joint plan: The parent will collaborate with the therapist and discuss both the family’s and child’s needs. Then, the therapist and parent will collaborate on goals that are important to the child and family.
  2. ‌Observation: Parents will observe the therapist as they model different strategies. Other times, the therapist will observe the parent interacting with the child.
  3. Action: Parents practice the strategies the therapist modeled or educated the parent on. It can either be during session or any time between sessions.
  4. Reflection: Time to reflect on what happened. Did the child respond positively to some of the strategies, or should the parent try a different technique? Is the suggestion something that is difficult to implement at home? Does the therapist need to modify some of the strategies?
  5. ‌Feedback: This is where the therapist and caregiver share additional information. The therapist can give a variety of feedback based on their observation or reflection shared by the parent.

Parent carryover is vital in leading to success and independence. A therapist may see a child once or twice a week for an hour, which is just a small portion of their week.

For therapy to be effective, there has to be carryover. Parent coaching will make this possible and can be added to any of our packages or available on an as needed basis.

Benefits of Coaching

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Connect with children on a personal level, understanding their unique needs, and crafting plans that bring joy and progress.

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Want to be part of our extended family, working closely with parents and caregivers to create a nurturing environment for growth.

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Embrace our culture of continuous learning, enhancing your skills, and staying at the forefront of pediatric sensory integration.

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This is why we do what we do

"I cannot say enough good things about Kavitha. She has changed my child’s life on both a personal and social basis. She is the best!!!"

- Julie Robichaud

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Recognized by:
North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association (NCOTA) Pediatric Award- 2020
North Carolina Occupational Therapy Association Pediatric Award
Awarded: 2020
Certificate of Appreciation-Clinician-Research Mentor for MSOT Students (Winston Salem State Uni) 2020
Certificate of Appreciation - Clinician-Research Mentor for MSOT Students
Awarded: 2020
Occupational Therapist Registered OTR
Awarded: 2017
Recipient of Beatrice D. Wade Award for Clinical Education (Uni of Illinois-Chicago) 2011
Beatrice D. Wade Award for Clinical Education
Awarded: 2011
Caroline Goss Thompson Wisconsin Distinguished Scholar (Uni of Wisconsin-Madison) 2006-2007
Caroline Goss Thompson Wisconsin Distinguished Scholar
Awarded: 2006-2007
American Association of University Women, International Fellowship 2003-2004
American Association of University Women, International Fellowship
Awarded: 2003-2004

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept my insurance?

We’re excited to work with your family! We accept the following insurance providers:

  • Tricare
  • BCBS Insurance
  • Medicaid (WellCare, Carolina Complete Health and BCBS Healthy Blue)
  • Cigna
  • NC Education Saving Account (ESA)/Disabilities Grant (DGrants)Program

We also provide help with completing paperwork for out-of-network providers.

Do you offer special financing or funding?

Yes, we are a SA/D grant provider, will work with our patients and their family to submit a super-bill directly to your insurance provider and we have several financing options available. Please email us directly at admin@healingsynergyllc.com for further information.

How long does feeding therapy take?

Unfortunately, the answer depends on your child and their needs. Each child we work with is unique in regards to their skill level and needs. Some children may progress quickly, while others may take more time.

Sessions are typically scheduled 2-3 times per week for at least 30-60 minutes.

Our feeding therapists place a strong emphasis on parent/caregiver education for this reason; it’s important you feel empowered to advocate for and support your child.

Why do you use play therapy?

The act of play is critical to your child’s development. Through play, kids learn to communicate, gain valuable sensory input, learn to make sense of the world around them, and alleviate their anxiety surrounding mealtime and food textures.

After a thorough evaluation, your child’s feeding therapist will set therapeutic goals, decide on what limits may be necessary, and formulate an action plan for proceeding with treatment.

For example, encouraging your child to engage in messy play with a variety of food and non-food textures will help them work towards making this aspect of feeding less scary. Eventually, it will lead to your child being more receptive to touching and trying new foods.

We know every child is unique, it’s why we tailor our therapy programs around your child’s individual needs. As therapy progresses, goals are usually reassessed and adjusted as necessary.