How To Find An Occupational
Therapist Who Specializes In Sensory Processing Disorder / Sensory Integration
It is not easy to find an occupational therapist who who
specializes in SPD. It can be a frustrating and daunting task for some,
depending on where you live or what you are looking for, specifically.
Keep in mind, you are going to want to ask for a SIPT certified
(pronounced "sipped") Occupational Therapist if at all possible. They have been additionally trained
to diagnose (and usually to treat as well) kids with SPD. If they are too far
away, you can go to them for the initial evaluation, then find treatment closer
to home. A proper diagnosis is critical. You may also want to ask if they
accept your insurance; but
be prepared, not many do (yet!).
Generally, a "SIPT certified" therapist is best. But, keep in
mind many Occupational Therapist's have worked with, and are quite knowledgeable about (even
specialize in) how to diagnose and treat kids with SPD even though they are not
"certified", and can be just as wonderful as a SIPT certified OT. (For example,
they may have learned from a SIPT certified OT but never had the time or money
to pay for getting "certified" themselves).
remember, it is up to you to find an Occupational Therapist that is the best fit for you, your
child, and your family! Don't be shy about asking as many questions as
possible to ensure the proper "fit".
The BEST way to find an Occupational Therapist
who is SIPT Certified is through www.wpspublish.com's
database! They offer... "The only Sensory Integration Course approved by Dr.
A. Jean Ayres and the Ayres/Baker Trust. This set of 4 sensory integration
workshops is the only SI certification program endorsed by the publishers of the
Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT)." And, on their website they keep
a HUGE database of therapists (with names, addresses, and phone numbers) who
took the course and are SIPT certified.
Just click on the
link below and it will bring you to the page with drop down menus to choose
country or state. It is both a National AND International database!!
SIPT Certified OT Finder Through Western Psychological Services
Additional information for finding local OT's and the
questions to ask can be found within the
OT Services article.
If you do not find the resources you need there, below you
will find a link to a list of all Occupational Therapy Associations for every US
state. Once you click on YOUR state, look through their website, find sections
that may have a therapist database, and/or simply make a phone call or email them via their contact
information and ask for what you need.
Here's A State-By-State Listing Of The Occupational Therapy Associations!
So, use some or all of the information I have given you and
find the resources you need.
find an Occupational Therapist, Make Sure To Read
Sensory Integrative OT...What You Need To Know Before Starting
, which takes you through... how to find the BEST one, what it means to
be SIPT Certified or a certified SI Therapist, what to expect during
the evaluation and treatment sessions, how to set it up, what to do
about insurance reimbursement, and what you will need to do to be ready
for Sensory Integrative Occupational Therapy.
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