Kate, MA OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Kate is an experienced pediatric occupational therapist, who loves nothing more than helping children develop and thrive in their everyday lives. She earned her Masters Degree at the top-ranked occupational therapy program at the University of Southern California in 2006. In her 13 years of pediatric practice, she has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention, outpatient clinics, and school-based therapy. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, learning disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, congenital disorders, cortical visual impairment, developmental coordination disorder, developmental delay, and various other medical conditions and physical disabilities. She is comfortable using a wide range of assessment tools and interventions to help support development in fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration, self-regulation, handwriting, postural control, motor planning, bilateral coordination, and developmental hand skills. Kate is always looking to expand her skills and knowledge and has completed advanced coursework on a range of topics, including sensory integration (including the WPS Certificate in Sensory Integration (SIPT)), therapeutic yoga, mindfulness, praxis, handwriting, developmental hand skills, Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), DIR/Floortime, and Sensory-Oral-Sequential (SOS) feeding therapy. Over the years, Kate has come to see the benefits of treating kids in the natural settings of their everyday lives. Kate’s therapy style is child-centered, playful, compassionate, and creative. She believes strongly in collaborating with families and in listening to their perspectives. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her delightful one-year-old son and husband, as well as cooking, reading, yoga, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Kate Pingel, OT

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