Occupational Therapy in Atlanta

It is the mission of Children's Special Services, LLC to provide quality care to both children and their parents. For us, this is not only a job. It is a calling and a privilege to contribute to the developmental process of your child. At our learning center in Atlanta, GA, we consider it our responsibility to help assure that the children in our care acquire the social, emotional, and physical skills necessary for successful growth and maturity.

We believe in every student’s potential and strive to motivate them to reach that potential. Change is never easy; we understand that growth is sometimes painful. Our goal is to facilitate children’s self-structuring of personal goals through occupational therapy.

We know the grief of coming up short of those goals. We also know that parents hurt as much as their children do, and sometimes even more. It is our mission to help children confront and conquer their fears and find joy in the process of developing physically, mentally, and emotionally. Our team recognizes that change comes from within—it cannot be imposed upon anyone. Every family is sovereign and every child is precious.  

 

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Before W.I.N.®

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After W.I.N.® (results vary)

Advocacy Services

Why Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L, FAOTA should be YOUR Educational Advocate

Children’s Special Services, LLC, and Susan N. Schriber Orloff, BS/ED, OTR/L, FAOTA has been working with children since the early days of recognition of children who learn differently.

THE IEP/504 Process can be and often is intimidating.  Knowing your parental rights, understanding the obligations of the school system, and being aware of how to advocate without becoming adversarial is a daunting challenge.

Susan’s years of experience and historical perspective can help you through this process.

She participated in the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Sponsored TOTEMS (Training Occupational Therapists for Educational Management Systems) when OTs first went into public schools in 1976.

AS a teacher she was the first of 15 teachers to spearhead nationally instituted M.I.N.D. Program, Meeting Individual Needs Daily , a forerunner of both the Resource teachers we have today and in the early formative organization of the IEP Process.

In 1997, while trying to get accommodations for her own son, Susan found that Fulton County did not have an established 504 form. This  placed Fulton County out of compliance.  Motivated by her own son’s needs she wrote the guidelines of the 504 regulations and provided a prototype of the application form for Fulton County Georgia Public Schools that later incorporated her work into their current 504 provisions.  Her work opened the pathway for many children not qualifying for a full IEP, to get needed services through another legal pathway.

Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L, FAOTA is national columnist and is the author of the book, “Learning Re-enabled: a guide for parents, teachers and therapists”. (Elsevier/Mosby Books).  It is endorsed by the International Learning Disabilities Assoc., the National Education Association, is a resource at the US Dept. of Education, and is on the ERIC preferred resource website.

Among her awards and honors are: recent recognition form the Leaders and Legacy Occupational Therapy,  Fellow of the American OT Association, Best Paediatric Therapy Service 2017 - Georgia & Award for Excellence in Pre-School Screening Services – Georgia, Outstanding Service Award/Bobbi Grant Award for Contributions to Occupational Therapy 2008, Georgia OT of the Year 2006-2007, Georgia Woman of Distinction 2006, the “Outstanding Educator Award” and many others.

Susan N. Schriber Orloff, OTR/L,FAOTA is a parent, and occupational therapist, a teacher, and a mentor for other professionals engaged in direct and related health and education services for children

She has been a mentor to OT’s re-entering the profession as well as a Fieldwork Instructor for students from 15 different OT programs.  Her students come from as far away as Israel and Alaska and as close as Atlanta.

She is currently on the faculty as an Associate Clinical Professor in the new OT program at GA. State University. And serves on the Advisory Board of Chattahoochee Technical College Occupational Therapy Program.

Families have relocated from Kuwait, Singapore, Curacao, the UAE, and Syria to have their children work with Susan.

Her passion is the neurology of learning and discovering the best learning pathways for each individual child with whom she works.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an Advocate and why would one be needed ?  What should be their qualifications?  What is the role of an Advocate for the child, the family and the school?

The definition of an advocate is,…” a person who supports or promotes the interests of another, and that is what a teacher is doing when he or she works to engage students and their parents as partners in a positive, learning-focused classroom community.” (www.ascd.org)

What do they doSpecial Education Advocates or IEP Advocates help parents write appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and attain special education services for their child with a disability from their public school system. They do so by familiarizing themselves with the special education process.  (www.addatitudemag.com)

 

  • Who are advocates and how to choose one?  Advocates are specially trained individuals in disability law. While they are not lawyers, one of their chief responsibilities is to stay current with the regulations that affect children in an educational An Advocate's role is to represent the student and parents in any meetings with school administrators.

Individuals filling this role can be Teachers (although not within your child’s school district (and in some cases, not currently working in the public school system).  Occupational Therapists with multiple years of experience in evaluation, remediation and participation in the formation of curriculum and the application and implementation of  both State of Federal laws pertaining to providing services to children across the educational life span.  Educational Lawyers who can insure that all laws are being adhered to and that all services comply with laws and directives as intended.  Other educational professionals such as those serving on related health services with state or county organizations.

 

  • Why would one be needed?  Advocacyin all its forms seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to: Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Defend and safeguard their rights. Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.  (seap.org.uk)

 

  • How much, on average,  does hiring an advocate cost? Costs vary greatly so be sure you know what you want before you sign, Lawyers fees seem to range between $200-$400 per hour and many charge research time, travel, etc. Non-lawyer fees average about  $75-$150/hour and some require an upfront retainer fee.

 

  • Children's Special Services, LLC establishes fees depending upon your specific needs and situations. This is ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR CHILD  Children's Special Services, LLC sets up YOUR program to fit your needs. Base fees are established after initial consult services.  At that time the preliminary breadth and scope of services needed is established. Fees range from $75/hour to $140/hour.  Once fees are set there are no additional “add-on fees” or changes without consultation and agreement of both parties.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

A number of children feel like their daily life in school is a constant struggle. The experience is anxiety provoking and tiresome, because they go to a place every day where no matter how hard they try, they fail. However, life doesn’t have to be this way for them. That is where we come in to help.

Occupational therapy is a medically based treatment that provides habilitation and rehabilitation to individuals experiencing difficulties in daily life functions. With children, this includes, but is not limited to, assistance with the attainment of age appropriate motor and visual perceptual abilities. These abilities include both academic and social skills required for life success.

OT may be just what your child needs to overcome the frustration and anxiety often associated with learning differences. Therapy helps children who are otherwise bright and capable move past the minor issues that keep them from realizing their full potential.

What Is an Occupational Therapy Evaluation?

An OT program is designed after a complete evaluation. Many tools are used for the evaluation as well, some of which are standardized (scored on a statistical standard) and others of which are criterion referenced (the age group determines the scale they are judged on). Another form of evaluation is clinical observation, meaning the OTR looks at the style and form in which the child does a specific task. Our evaluations assess the following:

  • Balance
  • Body Image
  • Hand Skills
  • Range of Motion
  • Self-Cares
  • Sensory Motor Developmental Abilities
  • Strength
  • Task Skills
  • Visual Perception
  • Visual Tracking

Many parents ask how long the evaluation takes, but that is dependent on a number of factors. Both the evaluation and the therapy itself take a variable amount of time based upon the issues found. At CSS, the usual length of therapy is one full school year plus summer to insure carry-over. Treatment is usually once a week for 50 minutes. After our initial assessment you will receive a written report.

Now offering training to become a Certified Facilitator

A course that will provide background in child development, educational approaches to learning, information on the child with learning differences and a Resource Book of Child Development and activities to assist learning.

Certificate requirement:

Total time 30 hours of 1-1 instruction (times individually arranged) co-working and training and Susan Orloff, OTR/L, FAOTA and a brief evaluation of skills presented.  Please Call Children’s Special Services, LLC for more information.


To schedule your child for an evaluation or any other service, you can do so by contacting us. We are honored to provide our services to residents of Greater Atlanta, GA. (Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cherokee, Cobb, Paulding counties)