Tamara Delaney, MA, OTR/L has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for over 16 years. Tami has worked extensively with children with special needs from birth to age 21 in medical, academic, and community-based settings. She enjoys working with families, educators, and practioners to incorporate sensory integration strategies and design in mainstream and special needs settings in addition to treatment of children with motor, cognitive, and sensory delays. She currently sits on the board of the USC Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association as Co-Vice President.
Leah Hiller, MA, OTR/L Long before Leah thought of pursuing a career as an occupational therapist, helping children and their families engage fully in life’s many occupations was her priority. After a wonderful decade as an elementary school teacher, she left the classroom for the Master's program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. While there, she engaged in research to answer essential questions about the social phenotype and unique sensory processing profile of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Leah's years of classroom experience, her graduate studies, her work in a school-based occupational therapy program, and being a mom to two daughters informs her practice. Leah lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Tracy Wind, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with specialty areas in developmental delay, early intervention, sensory processing disorders, feeding challenges, handwriting difficulties, and other developmental delays associated with various genetic, neurologic, and orthopedic diagnoses with children. She has received advanced training and certification in Sensory Integration Theory and Practice (SIPT certification). She has received additional training in feeding therapy, including the SOS Approach to Feeding Program, developed by Dr. Kay Toomey. Tracy believes that good nutrition is essential to support children's growth and development and during feeding therapy aims to improve her clients acceptance of food textures, tastes, and a variety of nutritious foods. Tracy received her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia (2000). She has worked in a variety of settings with both adults and children including outpatient pediatric clinics, early intervention home health, and preschools, as well as hospital and rehabilitation experience with adults. Tracy believes in working in collaboratively with parents to determine how occupational therapy can best support their child's development and family dynamics. Tracy is an active volunteer in her children's schools and sporting activities. She resides in West Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Amy Loveland, MA has served in various roles as an educator in Los Angeles for over 20 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts, Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Literacy, Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and California Reading Specialist Certificate from Loyola Marymount University, where she currently serves as part-time faculty in the School of Education. Amy has been fortunate enough to teach children at every age ranging from preschool to the university level, providing her with a deep understanding of both the academic and the emotional needs of children at every developmental stage. In her experience, she has learned that often times, motivation and self-confidence are at the heart of many educational barriers. Amy has also learned that relationship-based teaching is essential in order to truly be impactful and make a difference in the lives of children. Part of Amy’s philosophy of education is that each child has a need and a desire to be known, to feel safe, cared for, loved and supported. Establishing positive, respectful relationships with each child is how she begins her work with children in both classroom and individual settings. Amy specializes in providing uniquely individualized sessions that cater to the learning goals and outcomes of each student. As a literacy specialist, she is able to provide:
• Phonological Processing
• Decoding and Encoding Skills
• Comprehension and Active Reading Strategies
• Instruction in both the Research and Writing Processes
• Increased Critical Thinking Skills
From an educational standpoint, Amy connects with students to help develop and co-create strategies to improve academic success across all curricular areas. The underlying theme in all of her sessions is ensuring that the student is taking ownership of the strategies being implemented in an effort to increase self-esteem and confidence. Mindful learning is another key theme found in her work with students. When we are mindful, we are able to make better moment to moment decisions, which over time drastically empower us and increase our confidence. Amy also addresses executive functioning skills so that students are able to self-select strategies that will help them prioritize tasks and implement appropriate study habits. Amy’s warm and loving approach has proven to be extremely effective in improving children’s self-confidence and academic abilities. Amy Loveland will empower your child and help them to discover their own intrinsic motivation along the way. Her ultimate goal is to help each student discover the life-long learner within and provide the necessary academic skills to help them learn, grow, flourish and increase self-confidence.