Occupational Therapy

Sometimes doing everyday tasks can be a challenge. Our therapists can provide personalized support for kids with disabilities or delays, or those recovering from an accident. We work with clients one-on-one to help them develop, recover, improve, and utilize the skills needed for daily living. Our play gym provides a natural environment where kids can practice tasks that will be useful outside the gym. Occupational Therapy can improve social, communication, coping, and fine and gross motor skills, as well as sensory and self-regulation. Not to mention it can improve their confidence! Our therapists can also help families develop tools for use at home and school, like a sensory diet, adaptive techniques, and more. 

All therapy services are provided in an inclusive community setting at Kids Play Gym.  Children receiving services will utilize both the public gym space, as well as our private therapy areas.  All children that are receiving services will be granted free admission to the public gym space, either before or after their session with parental supervision.

Our Therapist

Danielle Bifulco
Occupational Therapist
Danielle has a passion for working with children and families, hoping to make a difference in their lives. She has always sought out opportunities to work with children--whether it be through work, family, or in the community. She obtained her B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University in 2011. After graduation, she worked as a nurse technician on an acute rehabilitation unit alongside Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists. It was here that she knew she wanted to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist. She obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from Indiana State University in 2016. After graduation, she practiced in an out-patient Autism clinic. She has also worked as a First Steps services provider working with children aged 0-3 years old, worked in the public school system, and PRN inside a nursing home. Danielle enjoys working at KPG because of the inclusive environment, professionalism and collaboration from all staff, and the individualized therapeutic treatment plans created to cater to each individual child. Outside of work, she enjoys being active, including practicing yoga, jogging, and spending time with her family.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy helps clients build skills using everyday activities, also known as occupations. These activities are tailored specifically to each client to help them achieve goals established by the client and their family.

How is OT different from physical therapy?

Physical therapy is used to aid a client with physical body movement, while occupational therapy helps clients perform daily tasks. These daily tasks may or may not be physical and occupational therapists also work with patients on developing social and emotional coping skills.

What are some examples of activities of daily living that may be practiced in OT?

Our facilities include a bathtub and shower to aid in developing personal grooming skills. We also have a kitchen so that therapists may assist clients with eating and feeding themselves. We practice play-based occupational therapy, which means that our clients have access to our play gym facility, as well as additional therapy rooms with sensory-based toys and books.

FUN FACT:

Occupational therapy was officially founded in 1917, but similar techniques have been discovered as far back as 100 B.C. with Greek physicians.