Kid's Work Pediatric OT

Kid's Work Pediatric OT Kid's Work provides focused therapies for children with special needs, behavioral problems, or developmental delays.

Kid's Work combines sensory integration techniques and state of the art family counseling with traditional occupational therapy that is specifically tailored to your child's individual needs. Our goal is to help children become better at their true occupation: living, learning, and playing. Our treatment expertise includes; learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asp

erger's Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorders, Down's Syndrome, Prenatal Drug Exposure, Prematurity, and crisis intervention.

06/21/2024

Join Nyah and Kas along their journey and experience of Kid’s Work Therapy clinic! We are currently in our summer therapy group session and yoga is one of several group sessions going on this summer!

OT interview with our hosts Nyah and Kas Diaz
06/20/2024

OT interview with our hosts Nyah and Kas Diaz

Exciting news at Kid's Work Pediatric Occupational Therapy.  Check out the latest from the Santa Maria Times!!
04/07/2024

Exciting news at Kid's Work Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Check out the latest from the Santa Maria Times!!

Dr. Stephanie Foster, founder and director of Kid’s Work Therapy, mentors students interested in or currently pursuing careers in occupational therapy.

The Kid's Work team really enjoys playing, especially at Halloween time. This year the team dressed up as The Wizard of ...
11/01/2023

The Kid's Work team really enjoys playing, especially at Halloween time. This year the team dressed up as The Wizard of Oz. We have Dorothy, Toto too, the bad witch (Ms. Melly), and our 2 lovely students The ScareCrow, and the Good witch Glenda. Thanks for joining in all the fun!!

I'm in Thailand now with Therapy Abroad. I have the privilege of mentoring 8 OT students in their Level 1 fieldwork.  Wh...
10/06/2023

I'm in Thailand now with Therapy Abroad. I have the privilege of mentoring 8 OT students in their Level 1 fieldwork. What a thrill to teach our future generation in Thailand!!

The Santa Maria Times also ran an informative article about Dr. Foster's dedication & Impact on the Central Coast.
10/06/2023

The Santa Maria Times also ran an informative article about Dr. Foster's dedication & Impact on the Central Coast.

Dr. Stephanie M. Foster, a certified occupational therapist from Santa Maria, has won the 2023 NBCOT Impact Award recognizing occupational therapy practitioners who demonstrate exceptional professional commitment through their dedication,

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Foster on her recent Impact Award from the National Board of Occupational Therapy.    T...
10/06/2023

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Foster on her recent Impact Award from the National Board of Occupational Therapy. Take a look at the Sun's article describing the special role that OT has in our community!!

From dressing and eating assistance to working with kids with severe autism or helping people recover from injuries, occupational therapists help with the activities of...

Thank you Melissa Vega for your commitment to Kid's Work Pediatric OT .  Sunday I returned home to a fallen shelf and pa...
05/01/2023

Thank you Melissa Vega for your commitment to Kid's Work Pediatric OT . Sunday I returned home to a fallen shelf and paint all over the place in the clinic. What a nightmare!! Still not sure why it fell!! But 8 hours later, and with a little help from my neighbor Joe, the clinic should be good for Tuesday in clinic.

Kid's Work is proud of all our students. Together we work hard to help children overcome their difficulties and grow int...
11/15/2022

Kid's Work is proud of all our students. Together we work hard to help children overcome their difficulties and grow into adults. Take a look at this young man, sharing how he makes a difference in the world! Yeah Joshua!!

Joshua Goldstein is a co-founder of the Goody2Shoes project at VBMS and hopes to make a difference for those in need in the Albuquerque area and beyond by pr...

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Foster and her graduate student Jessica Carranza!!  Together this team presented to the...
10/30/2022

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Foster and her graduate student Jessica Carranza!! Together this team presented to the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC). Today we shared with over 75 OTs on "Alexithymia: Tell me how you feel".
About midway, the group sang "The Zones of Regulation". Try it out, it's really a fun way to understand emotions.

https://youtu.be/wIRVklZXicM

Congratulations to Peg Bledsoe, my friend & long time mentor.  She was awarded the NBCOT Impact Award for her service to...
08/19/2022

Congratulations to Peg Bledsoe, my friend & long time mentor. She was awarded the NBCOT Impact Award for her service to Occupational Therapy. Way to go Dr. Peg Bledsoe

https://otcertificationmatters.com/2022/08/17/nbcot-innovation-and-impact-award-recipients-announced-for-2022/

Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Innovation and Impact Awards! These individuals have demonstrated actions that truly support NBCOT’s mission of serving the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice. We are inspired and proud by the high standard of submission...

08/16/2022

Welcome back to school!! While the lazy days of summer are now returning to a busy back to school season, it's important to help your child adjust to this new routine. Here's a blog with suggestions on easing this transition.
https://funandfunction.com/blog/back-to-school-strategies-autism-and-special-needs?rs_oid_rd=2857501871697413&utm_campaign=blog-school-gift-non-b2b-segments-08-16-2022&utm_medium=email&utm_source=ReSci-Promo+blast

Large selection of toys and therapy products for children with special needs like ADHD, autism, or sensory processing disorders. Vests, fidgets, swings, interactive learning and mobility tools. Offering parents, therapists, and teachers with articles and information.

Get ready for a fabulous summer!!  Kid's Work is now accepting registration for Let's Play Groups!!
04/16/2022

Get ready for a fabulous summer!! Kid's Work is now accepting registration for Let's Play Groups!!

Kid's Work is proud of all our students. Today we said good bye to two of our star pupils. Thanks for always giving me y...
03/22/2022

Kid's Work is proud of all our students. Today we said good bye to two of our star pupils. Thanks for always giving me your best. I'm so proud of you!!

Fun and learning continues at Kid's Work!!
03/11/2022

Fun and learning continues at Kid's Work!!

I'm exploring Panama and found this wonderful rotary swing. I totally like how kids get all the rotation at public parks...
12/05/2021

I'm exploring Panama and found this wonderful rotary swing. I totally like how kids get all the rotation at public parks.
Plus this is an adorable kid's bathroom. Wonderful!!

10/23/2021

Kid's Work supports our military families always. As a veteran owned business, we take playing & helping our military families play very seriously. Please come join us!!

What: Halloween Event (Global Hearts & EFMP Families)

When: 28-Oct-2021, from 1500-1800

Where: Event located at A&FRC Large parking lot. Vehicle parking will be in the Annex gym Large parking lot (across from A&FRC)

Want more info? Contact Dr. Foster at [email protected]

Here's a good article on how eating a balanced diet helps children to do their very best every day: https://www.thepacke...
10/20/2021

Here's a good article on how eating a balanced diet helps children to do their very best every day:
https://www.thepacker.com/news/industry/children-who-eat-more-fruit-and-veg-have-better-mental-health?mkt_tok=ODQzLVlHQi03OTMAAAF_3GxWj_aZMvLTaL8ZqG9_fuGFLyLUTvLHABJ6OhqyhNwxHQhJn3X6WGMjgPxKs12gkP_bXOMSlCK-oy-yd8mVPAeeibcRtMmHWfYh1XPSVd9CYv3YBw

Children who eat more fruits and vegetables have better mental wellbeing, according to new research from the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia Health and Social Care Partners.

Carving pumpkins this week! Kid's Work kids are learning messy play and knife safety. I'm so proud of these students!
10/18/2021

Carving pumpkins this week! Kid's Work kids are learning messy play and knife safety. I'm so proud of these students!

09/13/2021

We're looking for a dynamic responsible medical receptionist.


Kid’s Work is looking for a talented individual to join our team as the Office Manager. With our rapidly growing presence on the Central Coast, it’s the perfect time to become an integral member of our administration & clinical team. You’ll have the opportunity to play a core role, shine your talents, and make an impact on our future.

Job responsibilities:
• Facilitate flow of new patients, from initial contact, intake paperwork, scheduling, and ensuring insurance verification is completed prior to first visit of new patients
• Telephone calls to past, present and future clients, doctors offices, billing department, etc.
• Organizing, scheduling, and triaging waitlist families for optimal scheduling
• Intake paperwork organization and completion
• Insurance verifications
• Patient tracking & basic book-keeping accounts receivable tracking via Microsoft Excel
• Keeping clinic supplies in stock
• Participate in staff training
• Maintain health and hygiene of the clinic and equipment
• Other tasks as directed by the owner

What You’ll Bring to Kid’s Work (Position Requirements):
• Reliable, responsible, and committed to excellence for children & their families
• Excellent customer service & communication skills
• Knowledge of principles, methods, and equipment used in medical (occupational therapy) clinics.
• Able to understand, interpret, & implement complex written or verbal instructions
• Valid driver’s license, CPR, & First Aid
• Work within a team setting to develop & implement written or spoken ideas
• Continually explore creativity for organization, problem solving & therapeutic activities to encourage fun within the clinic (i.e. gather art supplies for various holidays- for instance, St. Patrick’s Day, Kid’s Work students painted Leprechauns!)
• Bring ideas and present solutions to issues independently

How You Will Impact Our Business (Mission Essential characteristics):

• Excellent attention to detail, an independent worker mindset, and a solutions-oriented approach to projects
• Passion for helping children achieve their goals
• Impeccable time management skills with the ability to multitask
• Detailed-oriented approach with the ability to work under pressure, including competency in basic MicroSoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.)
• Develop understanding in pediatric occupational therapy and health care delivery
• Ability to give, receive, absorb and apply constructive criticism
• An innate ability to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
• Other duties as assigned

This job is an employee position within the Kid’s Work team. Direct supervisor is Stephanie Foster PhD, OTR/L. The team consisting of current occupational therapy aides and other Interactive Metronome Therapists are here for you as additional support. **Optional additional hours available as an Interactive Metronome Therapist.
Anticipated hours: Approximately 15-20 hours a week. This amount can vary, depending on the needs of the clinic operations. Flexible schedule available to meet your individual time management needs.

If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to ask Stephanie Foster, PhD, OTR/L at (805) 815-5534 or [email protected]

09/10/2021

Hi, I'm working on a presentation on computer vision syndrome. I was hoping you could give me some idea of what kids are experiencing this year in school.

Just curious--do you have any data yet on how much kids are online now in school?
Are your kids full time in classrooms?
Do you know how much time kids are now spending on the computer this year?
Have you noticed any difficulties that you hadn't previously seen?

Congratulations to Lisa Lisa Barber Jay on her award for best yoga studio & alternative healer in Santa Maria. Lisa rece...
08/23/2021

Congratulations to Lisa Lisa Barber Jay on her award for best yoga studio & alternative healer in Santa Maria. Lisa recently published this article on how Interoception is improved through yoga. This is an area I am passionate about!! Good job Lisa!!

Perception
Perception is the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses; or it can be a thought, belief, or opinion of something.

The body has a natural and intelligent internal system that allows us to experience perceptions both internally and externally. Exteroception is the perception or sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body.

Interoception is defined as the sense of the internal state of the body. This can be both conscious and non-conscious. It is the process by which the nervous system senses, interprets and integrates signals originating in the body.

Interoception can be improved by mindfulness practices, such as meditation, yoga, somatic practices, non-linear movement, or any other practices that allows us to stop and listen to what is going on in our internal landscape. As we reconnect with ourselves, we can create more balance, awareness and peace of mind.Congratul

Elementalscape honors the four elements with stunning land and seascapes.

08/11/2021
Ever wonder what Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing Disorder is?  Join us this Saturday for an informative worksho...
06/15/2021

Ever wonder what Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing Disorder is? Join us this Saturday for an informative workshop on what Sensory Integration & Sensory Processing Disorders are, and how to help your child thrive!!

Please join us on Saturday June 12, 2021.  This is a fabulous activity in Pismo Beach!! :)
06/02/2021

Please join us on Saturday June 12, 2021. This is a fabulous activity in Pismo Beach!! :)

OUT OF BALANCE KIDS FIND STABILITY THROUGH YOGA  Santa Maria, CA- We all know the benefits of practicing yoga- reduced s...
05/26/2021

OUT OF BALANCE KIDS FIND STABILITY THROUGH YOGA

Santa Maria, CA- We all know the benefits of practicing yoga- reduced stress, improved mobility. But, research shows that it can also be a tool for treating developmental disabilities in children.

According to a 2012 study in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder participating in a yoga program showed “significant decreases of maladaptive behavior,” and the study “demonstrates that use of daily classroom-wide yoga interventions has a significant impact on key classroom behaviors among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Dr. Stephanie Foster, CEO of Kid’s Work Therapy in Santa Maria, is using her yoga training to expand therapies available to children with developmental disorders. With more than 30 years as a registered occupational therapist, Foster recently earned a master yoga teacher certification after completing a 500-hour yoga teacher training certification through International Yoga Alliance.

During her coursework, Foster focused on how self-regulation is strengthened through a regular yoga practice. Foster uses this training during occupational therapy sessions with children who have difficulty with self-regulation to improve attention, focus, and behavioral functioning.

“Over half of our clients participate in yoga training as part of their therapy, and as kids connect with their breath, parents report a decrease in problematic symptoms,” says Foster.

Kid’s Work Therapy specializes in sensory processing disorders and provides specialized therapies for children with special needs, behavioral problems or developmental delays like Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Through deep breathing and strength and flexibility training, we have found yoga training improves coordination and fine motor skill deficits and helps kids develop tools to calm themselves and focus so they function much better at home and at school,” reports Foster.



In addition to yoga therapy, Kid’s Work Therapy offers traditional occupational therapy, sensory integration therapy, auditory processing therapy, Interactive Metronome, and playgroup therapy. They cater to all ages of children and stages of development, including early intervention, preschool-aged children, and school-aged children.

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Note to Editors: To view the study in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, (September, 2012) Efficacy of the Get Ready to Learn Yoga Program Among Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Pretest–Posttest Control Group Design, go to https://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851608



About Kid’s Work Therapy

Kid's Work Therapy was established in 2002 by Dr. Stephanie Foster, Ph.D, an award-winning occupational therapy practitioner, author, researcher, public speaker. She is on a purpose-driven path to identify the root cause of the most common developmental challenges, learning barriers, and functional deficits found in children today, while providing innovative and evidence-based interventions that deliver results. Kid’s Work Therapy is located in Santa Maria, CA. For more information, check out www.kidsworktherapy.com.
About Yoga Alliance

Yoga Alliance is the largest nonprofit association representing the yoga community, with over 7,000 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) and more than 100,000 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) as of April 2020. We foster and support the high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching of yoga. For more information, go to www.yogaalliance.org/

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Happy Mother's day to all  fabulous moms!! I'm especially humbled when I think about Moms whose children have SPD. You a...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's day to all fabulous moms!! I'm especially humbled when I think about Moms whose children have SPD. You are rock-stars!
Here's a great article about how moms connect with their children, observe, understand
and soothe their children just by being God's tool.
What do you think?

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/mom-do-you-know-how-amazing-you-are/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1087301&utm_source=ENewsletter&seid=

You are an amazing mom! There has never been a mom exactly like you. Here are ways you make a difference in your child's life every day.

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