New Center Offers Holistic-Focused Occupational Therapy Services
Shelton is home to a new, integrative occupational therapy office launched by Jolene Burch, OTR/L, a holistic occupational therapist. The Alternative Therapy Center for Children, run by Burch’s Integrative TOT, LLC, is comprised of a motor gym, relaxation room, “observation hideout”, multi-sensory environment and small specialty centers within the space.
After working in other outpatient clinics, schools and in clients’ homes, Burch realized the value of taking a holistic approach to helping children with disabilities. Other practitioners in the practice include Kelly Grich, CPMT, CHHC, a holistic health coach and massage therapist; Anita Daigle, CCC-SLP, the lead speech therapist; Nancy Karim, ATR, an art therapist; and Bonnie Gilson, OTR/L, the lead occupational therapist.
All of the center’s occupational therapy treatments and programs meld the sensory integration frame of reference with neurodevelopmental theory. Most of the occupational therapy sessions include reflex integration therapy, depending on the child. When appropriate, a family may consider adding intensives to their therapy sessions to try to address auditory progressing, motor coordination or attention concerns.
Alternative and holistic wellness services offered at the center include art and play therapy, massage and relaxation therapy, and social and parent support groups. Designed by a holistic health coach and occupational therapist, the unique Healing from Within program offers nutritional and selective eating support, screen time and toxin exposure reduction information, and tools to help with self-regulation and healing spaces.
In addition, the center offers playgroups for children up to six-years old and summer camps with a variety of camp themes specifically designed for children with special needs up to age 12.