Occupational Therapy

OTs help children learn to understand, process, and organize sensations in their environments and respond in appropriate ways to everyday situations.

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Each child’s daily routine is made up of occupations, or everyday activities such as playing, learning, getting dressed, eating, interacting with peers, and many more! Occupational therapists are trained professionals who evaluate and provide interventions for a child whose challenges are affecting their participation in everyday life. Pediatric OTs work to increase a child’s independence across all environments and address skills in performance areas such as fine motor coordination, gross motor coordination, self-regulation, visual motor and perception skills, handwriting, self-care, play skills, strength/endurance, academics/school readiness, social participation, and reflex integration.

Early Identification and Intervention

Early identification of challenges with everyday activities is instrumental in ensuring that each child is as successful as he/she can be within a his or her environment. An OT screening will help identify any challenges a child may be experiencing and determine specific area(s)that may need further evaluation. Contact the Dynamic Therapy Specialists Baton Rouge office today to discuss scheduling an OT evaluation today: 225-767-5032 or info@dtsbr.com.

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Our Occupational Therapists

Jeanne Zeringue, MOT, OTR/L

Jeanne is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She went on to graduate with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from The University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. She moved home to Louisiana to join the DTS team as a full time Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Jeanne’s clinical experience includes outpatient pediatric therapy, general outpatient rehab, general acute care therapy, and day programs for adult individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Jeanne has a passion for helping children learn and grow through play-based therapy. Her favorite thing about OT is that she gets to approach each client in a unique way, using her creativity and knowledge to make therapy sessions fun, but also functional!

Outside work, she enjoys cooking, exercising, trying new restaurants, spending time with her family and friends on the river and spoiling her dog, Louie.

 

Evie Sanifel, MS, OTR/L 

My name is Evelyn, but most people know me as Evie. I obtained my Master of Science from Murray State University in Kentucky. Prior to receiving my master’s degree, I obtained a bachelor’s in Pre-Professional Health Studies from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I have experience working with people of all ages and with different diagnoses but pediatrics in the academic setting is my favorite. I fell in love with the pediatric setting early on because it allows me to be creative and engage with kids through purposeful play. I enjoy concentrating my time on handwriting difficulties. My goal is to become a certified handwriting specialist one day. I am bilingual and have lived in many parts of the United States making me a well-rounded therapist. My ability to let a child lead their sessions, my creativity and ability to engage children through difficult tasks, and the connection I build with each of my kids are a few characteristics that make me a unique pediatric occupational therapist. When I’m not focused on work, I’m typically on adventures, baking or refurbishing arcade machines. My goal for the future is to continue exploring all OT has to offer and never stop learning. 

 

Grace Ferrara, OTR/L

Gracie is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist who came to us from College Station, TX. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has been in Texas for the last 3 years. She graduated from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She attended The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, in May 2019.

Gracie has always had a passion for working with children; She enjoys watching them grow and learn through their environments and through personal motivation. Although she enjoys all areas of function, her favorite areas to address include visual processing skills, executive function skills, and handwriting. Her favorite thing about OT is that she gets to use her creativity and imagination in order to make a child’s session fun, as well as client-centered!  

Outside of work, Gracie enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, painting/drawing, and being a plant parent. She is a football wife, so her life revolves around sports! She is also a huge animal lover and is the type of person who believes every creature deserves love and respect!   

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