This is the newest term for, and is used
    synonymously with, Sensory Integration
    Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction.

    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex
    disorder of the brain that affects developing
    children. These children misinterpret everyday
    sensory information, such as touch, sound, and
    movement. Some feel bombarded by sensory
    information; others seek out intense sensory
    experiences or have other problems. This can lead
    to behavioral problems, difficulties with
    coordination, and other issues. Children with SPD
    are often misunderstood and labeled as aggressive
    or clumsy. They often are socially isolated and
    have trouble in school. Effective treatment is
    available, but far too many children with SPD are
    misdiagnosed and not properly treated.

    The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
    (SPD Foundation) Greenwood Village, Colorado
    www.SPDFoundation.net

    VIRGINIA

    GMS Institute, 7226 Newmarket Court,
    Manassas, VA 20109, 703-369-7800,
    www.gmskids.com

    Peg Wilson, M.S., OTR/L,
    301 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 106, Alexandria, VA,
    703-683-0259.
    Treats children with a variety of functional
    difficulties; specializes in sensory integration,
    neurodevelopmental treatment, neurokinetic taping,
    neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

    MARYLAND

    Create-A-Story,Claudia Raphael, MA, REAT,
    8405 Carderock Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817,
    301-365-7907, www.createastorystudio.com

    Play sessions and art therapy for children of all
    ages. Sensory integration, art therapy,
    developmental play activities, storytelling and
    infant stimulation. Bethesda, MD, 301-365-7907.

    Teri Kozlowski, OTR/L Susan Tieche, OTR/L,
    ITS for Children and Families, Inc.,
    10605 Concord St., Ste. 102,
    Kensington, MD 20895,
    301- 933-7880,  301-962-0800

    Jacqueline Proto, M.Ed., OTR/O,
    12122 A Heritage Park Cr., Silver Spring, MD,
    301-942-6006, ext 4.

    We offer occupational therapy, social-skills groups
    and school and home consultations for children with
    special needs.

    Barbara S. Bassin, OTR/L, BCP
    Occupational Therapy Services
    Appelbaum Eye Care Associates, P.C.
    6509 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, Maryland  
    20817, 301-897-8484,
    barbiesue52@hotmail.com
    www.VisionHelp.com

    Degrees:
    I graduated from Boston University, Sargent
    College, Occupational Therapy . I have over 30
    years experience as an Occupational Therapist.

    Certifications:

    AOTA  Board Certified Pediatric Occupational
    Therapist
    Licensed in Maryland and D.C.
    Certified in Sensory Integration and SIPT
    Evaluation
    Advanced Certification in Therapeutic Listening
    Program
    Certified in Interactive Metronome

    Description:

    We provide evaluation, consultation, and treatment
    mainly for children and adolescents, but also for
    adults, with coordination, behavioral, and learning
    issues. We see children with mild coordination
    issues, clumsiness, sensory processing disorder,
    handwriting issues, ADHD, Learning Disabilities,
    and Autsim Spectrum Disorders.  Our focus is on
    sensory integration, sensory processing and
    modulation, postural control, motor planning, eye
    hand coordination, gross and fine motor skills, and
    handwriting depending on the need.   Therapy may
    also include Therapeutic Listening Program,
    Interactive Metronome, The Alert Program for
    Self Regulation (How Does Your Engine Run),
    Handwriting Without Tears, and Visually Enhanced
    Occupational Therapy.  Occupational Therapy is
    offered in the office which includes extensive
    equipment and sometimes at area schools.  Home and
    school visits are available as well as consultations.  
    Intensive therapy is offered for families who come
    to the area for short term therapy.

    We are in the office of Appelbaum Eye Care
    Associates, P.C. and have the advantage of working
    closely with Developmental Optometrists,
    Dr. Stan Appelbaum and Dr. Bryce Appelbaum.  
    For those children who have vision problems, such
    as struggles in ocular motor control, eye teaming
    and focusing, convergence, an eye that turns in or
    out, etc. we regularly consult with each other to
    provide a comprehensive approach which may also
    include Optometric Care such as Optometric Vision
    Therapy, lenses, or suggestions for OT for Visually
    Enhance Occupational Therapy.

    Barbara S. Bassin, OTR/L, BCP and Dr. Stan
    Appelbaum are frequent lecturers around the
    country to therapists.  They educate therapists
    about vision and vestibular issues, as well as
    teaching therapists how to identify vision problems
    and how to visually enhance their therapy.
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