spot on therapy of westchester


Speech language pathology and occupational therapy of westchester


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at SPOT on Therapy of Westchester,

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in creating practical and sustainable solutions for families that support and enhance your child's natural development.

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Get to Know Our Team

Jan Pascual

Occupational Therapist

Sharlene Ferrer

Speech and Language Pathologist

Jan Pascual M.Ed, OTR/L

Jan has over 20 years of experience working with children with special needs in public and private schools, sensory clinics and home settings. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000 where she double majored and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Jan also received her Master of Education in Special Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.


Her passion has always been in helping dysregulated children organize their sensory system so they are more available to learn. Jan has been the Sensory Integration Coordinator at a preschool for children with Special Needs in White Plains, NY for over 12 years. She believes in the importance of early intervention and how it provides children with the tools needed to be functionally independent in everyday life. As a pediatric occupational therapist, she embraces working with the whole child by finding what is meaningful through a child’s ‘occupation’, which is to play!


In 2018, Jan became certified in Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding which assesses problematic feeding behaviors by focusing on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food.


Jan has always had a special interest in early literacy and uses a multisensory approach when leading weekly handwriting readiness groups using Handwriting Without Tears methods. She works on building the foundation blocks of strengthening motor skills to improve grasp and develop visual perceptual motor skills while using a developmentally appropriate sequence to promote handwriting automaticity.


Jan incorporates her extensive expertise in sensory based interventions and behavior training with children with a variety of diagnoses (autism, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, ADHD) and ages; from infants through adolescence. She uses a child-centered approach to treatment and strives to find the ‘just-right challenge’ to assist children in reaching their full potential and achieve their goals.


Sharlene Ferrer MS. CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE

Sharlene is an ASHA certified and New York State licensed Bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist with 10+ years experience working with multiple, complex, and rare disabilities. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College and obtained her Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she returned to obtain her Bilingual Extension in 2019.


She holds certification in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, is trained in the Dynamic Temporal Tactile Cueing method, and is PROMPT Level II trained. She has experience working in home based, school, medical and private settings.


She believes in supporting the whole child and a collaborative effort that centers the child and their families in intervention. She successfully piloted and managed both a school based Augmentative and Assistive Communication classroom for children with varying and complex communication needs, as well as group based feeding therapy that included both classroom training and parents as valuable partners using the Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

Classes and Services

PLAY GROUPS

Children and families will practice practical ways to foster development. We focus on learning through play; modifying for physical developmental stages, and language building. Provided in a parent- provider collaborative model, we give real time support through thematic series

Ages 18 months -5 years

FOOD SCHOOL

As 2 of the only 3 listed certified providers in New York State, we provide feeding enrichment groups using principles from the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to feeding. Learn how to have stress free mealtimes and build positive relationships with food.

Ages 18 months - 5 years

INDIVIDUAL ST/OT/FEEDING THERAPY

Does your child currently receive therapeutic services for speech, language, feeding, or occupational therapy and you are looking for a provider? We also offer a highly intensive and customized feeding therapy program, offered in a 12 week package.

All ages

Do our available days/times not work with your schedule?

CONTACT US to inquire as we will be opening additional classes, or book your own pod today!

Sensory Play and Language Groups

MOVE

PLAY

LEARN

30 minute sensory friendly play time in our state of the art gym! Children are guided through different play stations that are modified to their individual needs. Need to crash? Run? Jump? Roll? We incorporate it all! We use child directed routines, following their cues to tell us what they need. Language opportunities are built in to each station and transition through a multimodal program. We use a total language approach and support all forms of communication knowing that the most efficient and effective language and learning happens through multi-modal experiences.

Food School - enrichment

EAT

PLAY

LEARN

Hour long feeding enrichment groups designed to address the needs of our picky eaters! 20-30 minutes of sensory prep, and 20-30 minutes of meal time, with parent education embedded, including follow up tips and tricks. While there are expected times where picky eating can occur, this does not mean that families have to endure long periods of stress and extreme frustration. Guidance through this stage is often brushed off or not easily accessed. We support you in promoting positive meal time experiences with food from prep to plate! We teach strategies to help your picky eater learn to expand their food repertoires and learn HOW to learn about new foods without the fear!

Feeding Therapy

For children who require specialized and systematic intervention. Often these children have severely limited food repertoire for a variety of reasons and are either on their own growth curve, or are losing weight. Our 12 week intensive program is conducted in small peer groups and provided within limited session offerings during the year. Both therapists provide direct intervention designing highly specific menus to advance your child’s feeding skills. Included in this program are parent only trainings, in home consultation and feeding space modifications, and support to improve everyday mealtimes in addition to therapeutic feeding sessions. Our program is designed using the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding as we are two of only 3 listed certified providers in New York State and have experience implementing this approach with medically complex/fragile children with marked success.

Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy

Private individualized speech and language, or occupational therapy supports are also provided either in our clinical setting, or in the home based on availability and location. Your child may currently be receiving therapies, and you are looking to supplement, or your child may not have qualified for services, and you are seeking additional support to advance their skills.

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address

388 Westchester Avenue, 1A1B

Port Chester, NY 10573

Phone

(914) 500-8452

Email

contact@spotontherapywestchester.com

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Why choose SPOT on?

Expertise aside, we are a team that truly practices what we preach. We believe in what we do and live what we teach.


Jan is a mom of two girls (Ashley, 13 and Maddie, 9) who has firsthand knowledge of raising children with completely different sensory needs! Living with both a “sensory seeker” and a “sensory over-responsive” kiddo, has definitely made life interesting, but the family’s love of adventure; exploring new places and trying new foods, has helped bring meaning and joy to their lives (and help to keep them regulated!)

Sharlene is a mom of two (Alyana, 4 and Mateo, 2), who have both been subjected to mom proving a point, being raised bilingually, multiculturally, using sign language and symbol based communication, and growing up knowing the SOS feeding lingo. With our love of travel and experiencing the world, it has truly shaped and contributed to positive experiences around the stresses of daily living and travel with toddlers.

Insurance & Billing

Our focus at SPOT on Therapy of Westchester, PLLC is always, first and foremost, the families with whom we work. In order to dedicate as much time necessary to the families we serve, we operate as a fee-for-service practice and we do not contract with any insurance providers.


At this time, SPOT on Therapy of Westchester, PLLC does not bill, nor do we contact insurance companies on your behalf. We are considered “Out of Network” providers. It is your responsibility to call your insurance provider prior to confirm out of network benefits and reimbursement. Upon request, we will provide a detailed superbill that you can submit to your insurance to request reimbursement; however, please keep in mind that your reimbursement may not cover the full cost of service provided by SPOT on Therapy of Westchester, PLLC.


FORMS

new client intake speech/ot therapy

New client intake

Feeding therapy

What our families are saying

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My son has been seeing Ms. Jan as his private OT for a year and half now. She is a friendly, caring and also very experienced occupational therapist whom my son and I adore...She has used all of her skills to work on his fine motor skills and now my son can do a lot of things that he couldn’t do before. He is becoming more and more confident with what he does...she LOVES what she does and very confident.

I strongly recommend Ms. Jan as the occupational therapist.

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Jan and Sharlene have worked with both my boys and they are amazing therapists! Their knowledge of OT and speech combined is invaluable and has been so helpful for our family! SPOT on therapy of Westchester is the place to go if you need any help with your child! Trust me, they are the best!

Trainings and Certifications

Sharlene Ferrer




DTTC trained

(dynamic temporal tactile cueing)




Advanced Certificate in Bilingual SLP




NYS Certified




Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology

Trainings and Certifications

Jan PAscual






Trained





Handwriting without tears trained

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CAN-EAT Approach to feeding Trained

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NYS Certified





vital links trained