Compass Now Offers Occupational Therapy!
Compass is pleased to announce that Andrea Broderick M.S., OTR/L, has joined our practice as our very first occupational therapist! Andrea is located in our Concord clinic and is IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE FOR ALL NEW ANTHEM CLIENTS. (We expect to be able to support all of our other insurance providers within the next couple of months.)
Andrea received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She has been privileged to work with patients in a multitude of settings, including community traumatic brain injury, assistive technology, early intervention, and outpatient sensory integration. Her broad range of experience in many different settings furthered her desire to work with the pediatric population. Andrea has experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses throughout various pediatric settings. Previously, she worked in an outpatient, sensory integration clinic, where her client’s ages ranged from 12 months to 15 years old. With her experiences, she has become skilled at applying the Ayre’s Sensory Integration approach and evaluating and treating unintegrated primitive reflexes. She is proficient in addressing fine motor, visual motor, gross motor, social/emotional, motor planning, feeding, and play skills.
Andrea’s training and continuing education includes: The Essentials of Sensory Integration Intervention, Therapeutic Listening, The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, and MNRI Archetype Movement Integration. On top of her continuing education courses and certificates, she is highly knowledgeable and proficient with the Astronaut Training Program, which addresses the vestibular, auditory, and visual systems.
While at Compass, Andrea will be using a variety of strategies and sensory-based activities to help students participate in functional activities in order to improve their quality of life. It is important to encourage learning and development through play in order to ensure each child is appropriately engaged in the activity and enjoying themselves. When the child is engaged and motivated to participate (or having fun), they are learning.
One of our main missions at Compass has always been removing barriers for our families. Providing in-house OT and Communication services allows our clients to stay in our clinic while receiving all necessary services, and removes the hassle of needing to travel to several different providers. This multidisciplinary approach also allows our BCBAs, SLPs and OTs to create common goals for each client and communicate efficiently.
We are excited to have Andrea as a vital new member to our growing Compass team!